Leif Pettersen

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  • Eleven years working remotely and independently with editors on four continents without a single missed deadline
  • Extensive experience with travel writing and reviewing, long tail web content creation, blogging platforms, social media, SEO, and guidebook authoring
  • Current and recent clients include MSN, Delta, Verizon, USA Today, Lonely Planet, BBC Travel, CNN Travel and Mapquest
  • Lived abroad for over four years, visited 53 countries
  • Solid base or passable fluency in a number of European languages, including Spanish, Italian and Romanian
  • Some public speaking, TV and radio announcing

  • Author of Florence Explorer, Romania Traveler's Guide and Moldova Travel Guide smartphone travel apps
  • Work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Travel + Leisure magazine, Travel Ideas magazine, Postcards magazine, Travel Savvy magazine, AOL’s Gadling.com travel blog, Experience magazine, Vita.mn (Minneapolis weekly), Juggle magazine, the anthology To Myanmar With Love (Things Asian Press), HotelClub.com travel blog, Rough Guide First Time Europe (6th Edition) and What Color is Your Jockstrap?: Funny Men and Women Write from the Road

Notable Regular Clients

Lonely Planet | Guidebook author, online features writer

  • On-the-ground research for numerous travel guidebook titles, including Romania 5, Tuscany & Umbria 5, Italy 8, Eastern Europe 10, Bluelist '07, The Europe Book
  • Duties include desk research, mapping, text formatting and fact checking
  • Articles written for LonelyPlanet.com frequently exceed 20,000 views

MSN | Writer, content creator, humorist

  • Writer/producer for trending news site msnNOW (now dark)
  • Frequent traveler advice and tips for Connections, a resource website for Delta Airlines
  • Humorous vignettes for the Verizon City of Speed web portal
  • U.S. street food map mash-up for Appetite for Life
  • MSN Buyer's Guides for tech and gadgets

Global Traveler magazine | Contributor

  • Travel destination feature articles tailored for executive business travelers
  • Service pieces and destination business reports

Technical Knowledge

  • High familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Windows Movie Maker, Adobe Acrobat Professional
  • Experience with website hosting, Wordpress and basic editing of HTML and CSS


B.A., Theatre Arts from the U. of Minnesota, Twin Cities 1993