Leif Pettersen

Leif Pettersen

Leif Pettersen is a freelance writer, insatiable traveler, “slightly caustic” blogger and semi-professional wino from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has traveled through 48 countries and lived in Spain, Romania and Italy.

Pettersen is a regular contributor for Lonely Planet (he writes the guidebooks for Tuscany, Romania and Moldova) and the Lonely Planet and BBC Travel blogs. He has been a frequent contributor to Global Traveler magazine, as well as MSN, Gadling and more. His writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Travel + Leisure magazine, Lonely Planet magazine, Juggle magazine, Vita.mn and the anthology To Myanmar With Love.

Leif's engaging, humor-driven writing voice is well known in the travel writing community. He has been interviewed by the New York Times in an article about guidebook writers as well as several popular travel blogs, including Matador.com’s “what’s in your backpack?” series. He was prominently featured in a Twitter report by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The Observer (Guardian UK) included him on their list of favorite Twitterers, alongside the likes of Lily Allen, Kanye West, Sarah Silverman and John Cleese. He's been labeled "the Larry David of travel bloggers" by Jaunted.com and was included in Galavanting’s “2010 Hunkiest Men in Travel” list.

Pettersen has been a juggler since he was 12 years old, loves chocolate, hates pickles, types with exactly four fingers, and can escape from a straitjacket. He has not vomited since 1993, making him a consummate travel journalist and excellent party guest.