Hey! I’m Annette, a freelance travel writer, the owner of a Michelin recommended restaurant in Northern California and creator of this award winning lifestyle & travel blog, Bucket List Journey. As an obsessed new experience collector, my passion is for exploring the world in search of once-in-a-lifetime adventures.
Several years ago, after getting a handle on a case of severe anxiety, I made myself a promise. That promise was to not let fear make my decisions for me. When an opportunity presents itself and I want to say no, I always ask myself if that negative is fear talking.
90% of the time it is fear speaking.
In that case, I vowed to turn that no into a yes. That promise, along with the dedication to completing my bucket list, has led me to some amazing experiences all over the world: I have eaten insects in Thailand, swam with thousands of jellyfish in Palau, went on safari in Africa, rappelled down a hundred foot waterfall, fed a stingray, zip-lined through the Costa Rican rain forest, scaled the 463 stairs of Florence’s Duomo and even got my hair pulled by a monkey in Honduras. I kind of liked that.
I have also tried to curl like an Olympian, bathed elephants at a rescue in Chiang Rai and flew through the sky on a trapeze…unfortunately, without the greatest of ease. You can also see the top of my head in a Bollywood movie (don’t be jealous) and I, once, put on my big girl panties to give blood.
This is my husband Peter (AKA: Petey Chops):
He thinks he is just another character in my story. Admittedly, he is the main extra in many articles on this blog and especially in my life. Plus, I really, really do find it amusing to make him do weird things that he absolutely does not want to do, like eating bugs in Thailand, drinking out of a baby bottle at a themed restaurant in Tokyo or zorbing in Spain.
It must not be all that bad, he has stayed married to me for almost 18 whopping years.
We have no kids and no pets, but we do own a restaurant and have lots of employees.
They are like having kids sometimes.
When I am not traveling the world and making checks off my bucket list (or finding new items for yours), you can find me creating delicious food at our Michelin recommended Italian restaurant, Sugo Trattoria. There, I wear many hats: I am a chef, marketing executive, part-time psychologist, accountant, prep cook and sometimes even the dishwasher (not my happy day).
It is my sincere hope not only to continue living a life I love, but to also inspire my readers to achieve their dreams and not let fear make their choices.
Where I’ve Been
Where I've Been