Backpacking with Dracula is my quest to explore fact, legend and fiction (and the copious, delectable gray areas), sifting through the sometimes fantastic stories about the mercurial Prince Vlad "the Impaler" Dracula and modern confusion with the vampire Count Dracula. As I peel away these layers, I'll share my accumulated knowledge of modern day Romania, where I lived and traveled for a cumulative two years while researching multiple editions of Lonely Planet guidebooks.
Leif Pettersen is a tourism professional, writer, humorist, and world traveler from Minneapolis, Minn. He has traveled through 55 countries and lived in Spain, Romania and Italy. Pettersen was a silver medalist at the 2014 International Jugglers' Association championships, loves chocolate, hates pickles, types with exactly four fingers, and can escape from a straitjacket.