Annette

Travel Writer, Bucket List Expert & Restaurateur

Annette is a travel writer, author, serial adventurer, restaurant owner and the creator of the award winning blog, Bucket List Journey.

After making a promise to herself to never let fear make her decisions, she has been encouraging others to dream bigger, step out of their comfort zones, have a curiosity of the world  and live their best life.

THE TRAVEL WRITER & author

From eating crickets in Thailand to going on safari in Africa to swimming with thousands of Jellyfish in Palau, Annette has traveled to over 40 countries, 5 continents and countless cities to find the hottest bucket list worthy experiences around the world. Her book, Bucket List Adventures, highlights her ten favorite experiences, as well as gives advice on travel and bucket lists.

Her popular blog, Bucket List Journey,  has over 150,000 monthly visitors, and Frommer’s named her Instagram @bucketlistjrny one of the best travel accounts to follow. She has been recognized and worked with a multitude of top companies, such as Tripadvisor, Sandals Resorts and LAN Airlines — while exploring more than 40 countries on 5 continents. 

For a complete list of articles, interviews and awards refer to Press Page.

THE BUCKET LIST EXPERT

Annette's bucket list quest started many years ago, has spanned the globe and passionately continues today. Whether checking items off locally or in a faraway land she is dedicated not only to ticking goals off of her own bucket list, but to also find the best bucket list experiences around the world for yours.

From being a contender for her own bucket list show on Oprah's "Your Own Show" series to speaking engagements centered around how a list can change your life, her loyalty to living the bucket list lifestyle runs deep.

Her journey has allowed her to kayak with beluga whales in Manitoba, feed the swimming pigs of Exuma, hike the active Pacaya Volcano in Guatemala and zip line through the Costa Rican rain forest. She has also spent the night deep in the desert of Jordan's Wadi Rum, tried to curl like an Olympian, swam with whale sharks in Mexico, rappelled down a hundred foot waterfall and flew through the sky on a trapeze…unfortunately, without the greatest of ease. You can also see the top of her head in a Bollywood movie (don’t be jealous) and, once, she put on her big girl panties to give blood.

Annette's Bucket List

THE RESTAURANT OWNER

Annette comes from a long family line of restaurateurs and chefs. She grew up in the back rooms of her family's many food businesses, playing in dry storage closets and learning the art of making handmade pasta from her grandmother at a very young age. Since then, she and her husband have had three successful food endeavors. The first being the legendary sandwich shop New York Subs in Northern California, followed by Twisted Vine in Scottsdale, Arizona, which was named one of the 15 Best New Restaurants by Phoenix Magazine. In 2007, she moved back to her quaint hometown of Petaluma in Northern California and became the co-owner of the Michelin recommended Sugo Trattoria. Here, her philosophy as a chef is to uphold old world Italian traditions while capturing the essence of wine country culture.