One Hundred Twenty Years of Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Tweet The landmark novel, Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” has proven to be as immortal as its vampire antagonist. May 26, 2017 marks the 120th anniversary of the novel’s publication, during which time it’s never been out of print, sparking a wildly prolific, vampire-fixated century in literature, stage, cinema and television. Eventually….

Watch the trailer for BACKPACKING WITH DRACULA!

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My first book, BACKPACKING WITH DRACULA, is on Amazon!

Tweet It is with enormous satisfaction and pride that I announce the publication of my first solo, book-length project, a Romania travel memoir called Backpacking with Dracula. Honestly, so many nights and weekends have been dedicated to working on this project for the past year and a half, I guess the…

10 years of Killing Batteries

Tweet I swear this is the last blog anniversary/reminiscing post I write – unless this thing is still up and gasping along after 20 years, in which case I’ll do whatever I damn well please, so shut up. On February 17, this blog turned 10 years old. This makes me…

Juggling wackiness – November 2015

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IMPORTANT NEWS regarding the latest US immigration protocols

Tweet Since 2010, in addition to many fine programs, the fledgling Brand USA (aka the Travel Promotion Act), “dedicated to increasing inbound international travel to the United States,” has spent untold millions of dollars making their immigration procedures quicker and simpler. While this effort should also ease things for US…

The 10 best Lonely Planet articles of all time (that I wrote)

Tweet Why yes, this is a full-tilt, vanity listicle, shamelessly basking in personal achievement. You wanna make something of it? All right, then. I’ve already forgotten how this got started, but for some reason I was cataloging all the Lonely Planet articles I’d written from late-2010 to early-2015 and figured…

Announcing my upcoming book: BACKPACKING WITH DRACULA

Tweet A travel book investigating Vlad “The Impaler” Dracula and the vampire monster he inspired   ~ Coming in 2016 ~   The undisputed A-lister among Transylvania’s cabaret of supernatural blood-drainers and face-eaters, Count Dracula is both a publicist’s dream and nightmare. Like Justin Bieber, despite unremitting horrifying behavior, the…

How to set up a travel blog – a reading by Leif Pettersen

Tweet I had the pleasure of reading a piece at “Notes from the Road” on April 11th with a bunch of other great travel writers. Many of them read from award-winning material or excerpts from their books. I decided to balance the night out and read a goofball blog post,…

Leif Pettersen juggles with Tom Weber at MPR

Tweet Last fall, MPR invited me to come in to shoot video with Tom Weber and talk about juggling. Yes, video. They were trying something new. Then nothing happened forever and I assumed the project was dead. Lo and behold, they posted the video a couple weeks ago! I’d just…

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