Upcoming Bucket List Adventures & A Special Thank You

Upcoming Bucket List Adventures & A Special Thank You

Written by Annette White


I was sitting at my laptop today planning out my travel schedule for the next few months of bucket list adventures and came to the realization that my husband just may forget my face. I will be putting a photo of me on the bathroom mirror for when he brushes his teeth, just in case.

In the next four months, I will be on 4 different continents, in 5 different countries and dozens of cities. At first glance, this jam packed schedule overwhelmed me with anxiety and then it quickly turned into pure gratitude. I am so incredibly lucky. I truly realize.

This is something I have worked for, for years; a calendar full of amazing adventures while still being able to have financial security by owning a successful restaurant. It has been a labor of love. And a dream come true.

Though, credit has to be given where credit is due.
Pete at Mission Cheese

Many bear hugs, wet kisses and love pats on the butt to my husband who coaxes me to accept every travel opportunity and new experience presented, while he more than willingly holds down the entire fort at our restaurant. Even when I am feeling guilty about leaving him to take on my extra duties, he will say “this is exactly what you have been working so hard for, you can not not go.”

His support has not gone unnoticed. Again, I am lucky.

And, when he does travel with me, he is overly patient about my obsessive photo taking, need to eat weird foods and speed traveling trying to fit in visiting all the strangest attractions I can find. Plus, he will hesitantly eat anything I ask him too. With the exception of drinking snake whiskey in Laos. He passed on that.

Without any further mushy ado, here is how the crazy (& exciting) upcoming months are shaping up

Mid July
Toronto, Canada
Technically, travel to Toronto was booked to spend time with family that I have not seen in way too many years. But, that doesn’t mean there won’t be some bucket list adventures along the way. Doing the CN Tower Edgewalk, where you hang off the edge of this famous building at 1,168 ft, is at the top of the list. Even though I have been to Niagara Falls before, revisiting this wonder is a must. And I will be getting up close and personal by taking a boat ride next to the falls. Toronto is also known for cutting edge restaurants and two that are on my dining radar are Gusto 101 and Local Kitchen.
CN Tower Edgewalk in Toronto
photo credit | Beth77

End of July
London, England
On my way to Africa (see below) I will be spending a very short layover day in one of my favorite cities in the world, London. And now that I know how to navigate the London tube, I can fit a bunch of exploring into one day. The one thing I know for sure is I want to spend more time at the vibrant Borough Market, sampling all the delicious foods.

Tanzania, Africa
From London, it is straight to Tanzania for an African safari with Shadows of Africa tours. I am going to AFRICA! We will be experiencing Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro with the buffalo, zebras, black rhinos, tree climbing lions and thousands of flamingos. And, to top it all off, we are spending a day volunteering at Kibowa Orphanage.
african safari
photo credit | godutchbaby

Tokyo, Japan
In August, Peter and I are off to Tokyo, Japan to immerse ourselves in the local culture. Seeing a traditional Sumo wrestling match, eating at a restaurant that looks like a prison and buying something unique from a vending machine are all on the agenda. Plus, a whole lot more!
sumo wrestling
photo credit | danorth1

Palau, Micronesia
Straight from Tokyo, Peter will be heading back to our restaurant to make sure it is still standing and I will be moving on to Palau, Micronesia with Palau Visitors Authority. Palau is an island country located in the Western Pacific Ocean and known for it’s amazing snorkeling. The itinerary is not complete for this trip yet, but I do know that a swim through Jellyfish Lake  with thousands of harmless jellyfish will be happening.
Jellyfish lake Palau
photo credit | aSIMULAtor

Late September
Boise/Sun Valley, Idaho
After returning from swimming with the jellyfish in Palau, I will be going on a food lovers frenzy to Boise and Sun Valley. Here we will be doing a restaurant walk, visiting a Kobe Ranch Farm, tasting numerous wines and attending the Sun Valley Harvest Festival.

Shreveport, Louisiana
In October, I am heading to Shreveport to attend the North American Travel Writers Association (NATJA) conference. Mostly for the chance to hear actor Andrew McCarthy speak about his travels and learn to fly fish!

This schedule takes me through mid October when I will be taking a much needed break at home in Northern California. I say that knowing full well that I simply can not pass up an amazing opportunity. So, there may not be a break at all.

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22 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Heather says:

    If you need a last minute gal pal partner for Palau, let me know O:-) I can’t wait to hear about your adventures and here’s kudos to Peter for supporting your travel goals!

  2. It would be nice to have a gal pal in Palau to swim with jellyfish with me!

  3. Jenna says:

    Wow, what a great trip you have coming up, and what a wonderful husband to support you in such a great adventure!

  4. I don’t think he or I knew how full my calendar was until I wrote it all out! At least he will be coming on two of the trips with me :)

  5. AnitaMac says:

    Sounds like quite the amazing itinerary! Hoping to put mine together soon – so many adventures just waiting to happen! Happy travels.

  6. Looking forward to seeing what sort of adventures you have ahead!

  7. The Yum List says:

    Hee! Nice trick – the photo in the bathroom mirror. I shall have to remember that one. Lucky girl! All the best!

  8. I hope someday to be able to travel like you! Maybe I need to direct my career path to being a restaurant owner ;)

  9. Ha Ha! Not the best career path choice for a traveler, but it can be done!

  10. Juliann says:

    It all sounds incredible (and a little exhausting).
    Have a fabulous time. I can’t wait to read all about it. :)

  11. I do think it is going to be tiring, but I’m hoping the pure adrenaline will pull me through :)

  12. The Guy says:

    That is a very packed and exciting schedule. Any reason as to why they are so far apart as opposed to travelling around neighbouring countries?

    You have a very supportive and understanding husband.

  13. Some of the locations are for press trips which were already set for certain dates that I could not change. But, I didn’t want to turn any wonderful opportunities down :)

  14. CeC says:

    I can’t wait to hear about Tanzania! I plan on going there next year, and excited to hear what you think about it. Idaho almost sounds as exotic as some of the other countries. Haha.

  15. I am super excited about Tanzania, though not about all the vaccinations I have to get! There’s probably not going to be any zebra sightings Idaho ;)

  16. Emily says:

    So excited for you! (and terribly jealous!) I love following your journey, and living vicariously.

    Best wishes and safe travels!

  17. Thank you! I am really excited and can’t wait to share the stories with everyone.

  18. What a sweet hubby!!!

    I know what you mean about Niagra Falls, we live pretty close to it and always make a quick stop when we’re headed out East-it never gets old!

    I can’t wait to hear all about Africa…all your adventures really but Africa is….AFRICA! I’m wishing you wonderful, SAFE and HEALTHY trips!

  19. I am looking forward to seeing the Falls again, last time I was too young to fully appreciate!

  20. Looks like you are set! Out of the ones you have listed I really want to go to Tokyo the most.

    Hopefully next year!

    Good luck with all your adventures :)

  21. Thank You! I am definitely looking forward to all the adventures that Tokyo has to bring!

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