Leif Pettersen

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Leif Pettersen is a freelance writer, humorist, insatiable traveler, “slightly caustic” blogger and semi-professional wino from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has been a regular contributor for Lonely Planet and LonelyPlanet.com. His work has appeared in MSN, USA Today, Mapquest/AOL Travel, CNN Travel, BBC Travel, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Star Tribune, Travel + Leisure magazine, Rough Guide First Time Europe (6th Edition) and more. Leif’s engaging, humor-driven writing voice is well known in the travel writing community. He has been interviewed by the NewYork Times in an article about guidebook writers, OffTrack Planet, Matador’s “what’s in your backpack?” series and other popular outlets regarding his accomplished 11-year career as a travel writer. He was prominently featured in a Twitter report by the Minneapolis StarTribune. The Observer (Guardian UK) included him on their list of favorite Twitterers. He was labeled “the Larry David of travel bloggers” by Jaunted.com and was included in Galavanting’s “2010 Hunkiest Men in Travel” list.

Posts by Leif Pettersen

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  • 1
    What's the most underrated destination in your opinion?

    Romania. It’s about the biggest bang for your buck in Europe and has incredibly diverse natural and man-made attractions, not to mention a head-spinning history, which I exhaustively detailed in my new book BACKPACKING WITH DRACULA. (Buy it on Amazon!)

  • 2
    Have you ever been somewhere that was so bad you couldn't write about it?


  • 3
    What's your favorite mode of transportation? Why?

    Train, because there’s space to more around comfortably and it’s infinitely more dignified than flying is these days.

  • 4
    What is the most important thing you've learned from traveling?

    Something will go wrong, eventually. Just accept that and go with the flow or you’ll go insane.