New Book Helps Readers Explore the World of the Paranormal While in their Own Backyard

Picture Yourself Legend Tripping Offers the Ultimate Inexpensive Vacation Alternative or Fun Halloween Adventure

Course Technology PTR, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of professional, technical and reference materials, today announced the publication of Picture Yourself Legend Tripping: Your Complete Guide to Finding UFOs, Monsters, Ghosts, and Urban Legends in Your Own Backyard by paranormal researcher Jeff Belanger.

For millennia, humankind has told stories of ghosts, creatures from distant planets, monsters and legends as a way to connect with the past and explore the future. These legends can be experienced almost anywhere. Today people still seek out these legends in record numbers in an effort to delve into the unexplained. In Picture Yourself Legend Tripping and its accompanying DVD, author Jeff Belanger explores how to find, experience and chronicle these legends.

“Whether you are looking for an idea for your next vacation, staycation, or fun Halloween adventure, legend tripping offers a unique and inexpensive travel opportunity for those with a sense of adventure,” said Belanger. “You don’t need complicated or expensive equipment, just your core senses and an open mind. The journey is everything with legend tripping.”

Most people have never heard the term “legend tripping” and yet little do they know, they’ve probably already done it. If they’ve snuck into the local cemetery at night to look for spirits, passed along an urban legend of the local haunted house or tried to snap a picture of a mysterious object in the night sky, then they have experienced legend tripping. We become part of the story just by passing it along, however the adventure can grow even more exciting if we attempt to stand where the legend is said to have stood or walk through the same woods where Bigfoot was spotted.

In Picture Yourself Legend Tripping, Belanger draws on over two decades of legend tripping experience to show readers how to find these legends close to home or in their travels. Readers don’t need expensive equipment or training because this book will show them how to have an incredible adventure in their own backyard this weekend. A pen, notebook, flashlight, camera and a good legend gleaned from research at the local library or historical society, are the few basic essentials a legend tripper needs to begin his or her journey. In addition, the accompanying DVD shows viewers how to get started, and brings legend tripping to life with interviews and experiences shared by leading paranormal experts including author and cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, paranormal investigator and author Nick Redfern, and author and UFO researcher Peter Robbins.

Picture Yourself Legend Tripping: Your Complete Guide to Finding UFOs, Monsters, Ghosts, and Urban Legends in Your Own Backyard (ISBN: 9781435456396) is available at all major book retailers, Amazon and on Course Technology PTR’s website, For more information on the book and legend tripping, visit

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About the Author

Jeff Belanger ( is one of the most visible and prolific paranormal researchers today. He is the author of a dozen books on the paranormal (published in six languages) including the best sellers: The World’s Most Haunted Places, Our Haunted Lives, Who’s Haunting the White House (for children), and Weird Massachusetts. He’s the founder of, the Web’s most popular paranormal destination according to, and a noted speaker and media personality. He’s also the host of the Cable/Web talk show, 30 Odd Minutes. Belanger has written for newspapers like The Boston Globe and is the series writer and researcher for Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel. He’s been a guest on more than 200 radio and television programs including: The History Channel, The Travel Channel, PBS, NECN, Living TV (UK), The Maury Show,
The CBS News Early Show, National Public Radio, The BBC, Australian Radio Network, and Coast to Coast AM.