Bucket List Journey is a travel blog where the main focus is about traveling the world in search of bucket list worthy experiences. These ventures could be anything from eating strange traditional foods to visiting unique attractions to participating in daring adventures.
“After getting a handle on a serious case of anxiety, I wanted to live a life filled with excitement and adventure to make up for all that I had missed, so I began living out an advantageous bucket list. The blog was started almost five years ago as a way to record my bucket list journey. It has since evolved from a “hey, look what I did” account into traveling all over the world searching for bucket list worthy ideas that my readers can add to their own lists. My goal is to live a life I love while inspiring others to do the same.” – Annette of Bucket List Journey
Sushi or pork roast? Sushi, in particular a red dragon roll made with teriyaki snapper and spicy crab.
Coffee or Red Bull? A dark roast coffee, but I only drink decaf. Shameful, I know.
Wine or beer? Always, always, always jammy red wine. Did I remember to say “always”?
Suitcase or backpack? A carry-on sized suitcase, preferably in any color other than black.
Night train or night bus? A night train, but can the train drop me off at a 4+ star hotel and pick me up in the morning?
Sleeping bag or bedding? Bedding, to be exact, 1200 thread count sheets, with a down duvet and a squishy pillow. I don’t even own a sleeping bag. Does that make me sound like a total priss?
Window or aisle? Aisle, I don’t like to have to ask to go pee.
Diarrhea or constipation? Diarrhea, at least I feel a little skinnier afterwards.
Malarone or malaria? Uh. Malarone. My liver gets enough of a workout from the red wine and even though I’d rather have diarrhea than constipation, I’m not going to provoke it.
Hops or grass? Grass, not the kind you smoke, but the kind that’s nice to walk on with bare feet.
tw: Why is traveling so important to you and how would you define ‘real travel?’
BL: “Traveling is so important to me because it provides a sense of freedom, a forum for continuous learning and allows me to have amazing new experiences. It keeps life interesting. For me ‘real travel’, is any time I make the journey from one location to another where the goal of exploration is on the agenda.”
Do you plan to travel indefinitely?
“I can’t even fathom not having some sort of travel plan continuously in the hopper, though I enjoy being at home too. For me, finding the perfect balance between the two has been key. My husband and I own an Italian restaurant in Northern California, which helps to fund my travels. Though, it has taken several years to set up the restaurant to run efficiently enough for me to be able to smoothly leave for weeks at a time. Luckily, I can do payroll from anywhere in the world with a Wi-Fi connection!”
Do you have a story to share about plans gone awry?
“Nope. Everything works out perfectly every time. That’s a lie. But, I always make my itineraries flexible, so if something doesn’t work out I just try to enjoy the spontaneous plans. Sometimes those lead to some of the best experiences.”
Is there anything that you dislike about traveling?
“Flying is not my favorite, until the beverage cart comes around with my beloved red wine.”
What was the strangest food you’ve ever eaten, and what was the best?
“I have eaten some pretty strange things; crunchy crickets, fried chicken feet, cubed ducks heart and pigs tail. But, I would say that the thousand year old egg was the weirdest. This preserved, warm egg was moldy green in color and smelled like ammonia. Luckily, it didn’t taste as bad as it looked or smelled. The best of the odd meals was a bowl of snake soup at a tiny restaurant in Hong Kong. It tasted like a delicious wild mushroom broth.”
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you were truly afraid during traveling?
“Only when flying and the pilot came on to say that we were going to have an extra bumpy ride due to a bad thunderstorm and if we wanted to look, open our windows. Heck, no! Shut that window! And more wine, please.”
Which three items do you not leave home without?
Universal adapter, iPad mini, and bug repellant
What is your favorite place in your home country or city?
“Yosemite National Park in the winter is absolutely stunning, a pure white, winter wonderland. There is nothing like cozying up to a wood fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa (maybe with a bit of Baileys in it) while watching snowflakes fall outside the window.”
Do you have favorite travel blogs that you read regularly?
“When I have time, I tend to read who makes me laugh the most and that is usually The Everywhereist and Man on the Lam.”
Mountains, beach or city? Mountains in the winter, Beach in the summer and City in the fall.
Couch-surfing or guesthouse? A guesthouse. I have never couch-surfed, I don’t even like sleeping on my own couch.
Cockroaches or rats? Rats as a pet, cockroaches as a meal
Skiing or surfing? Skiing…on the bunny slope
iPhone or Android? iPhone addict
Travel tool you find most useful: The compass app on my Iphone. I don’t know how I would find most places without it.
Postcard or emails? Emails. People still send postcards?
How do you inform yourself about your next destination, and how do you prepare for the trip?
“I am an obsessive Internet researcher. Once I decide where I am going, I will spend days investigating the location online making a general list of everything that interests me. I then transfer the list of attractions to a map which shows where it is located in the city. I use this map as a loose guide while exploring the city.”
Your latest discovery on the Internet?
“The photo storing site, Smugmug and a killer recipe for a 20-layer Amaretto & Chocolate Crepe Cake.”
The best breakfast in the world is the Millefoglie Glassato al Pistacchio pastry at I Dolci Di Patrizio Cosi in Florence, Italy. I still dream about this flaky pastry with pistachio cream in the middle.
What is on your bucket list and where you will your next trip take you?
“There are over 500 things on my bucket list, it just keeps growing. My next planned trip is a cruise to Galapagos Islands.”
If you could recommend three places our readers must visit in their lifetimes:
Swimming in Jellyfish lake in Palau, Micronesia
Going on a Safari in Tanzania, Africa
Bathing Elephants at the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand
Anything else you’d like to share? “Just that so many of my memorable experiences have been because I made a promise to myself to not let my fear make my decisions for me and made the choice to say “yes” to amazing opportunities. And I hope that you will make that same promise to yourself and start living the life you are meant to!”