As part of the latest instalment in my international version of Guests’ Corner, I chatted to travel bloggers, Steph and Lewis of Book It Let’s Go!
Steph and Lewis are a down-to-earth, everyday couple who love to travel. After a few years of passionately following other blogs, they realised a travel blog was a good way to keep people up-to-date on their adventures – and so Book It Let’s Go! was born.
Their lovely blog offers insights into destinations across the globe (everywhere from Kenya to St Kitts), tips on emigration and travel planning insights to name a few topics covered.
While saving for a trip around the world, Steph and Lewis were offered the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to relocate from the UK to St Kitts.
So, in 2019, they packed up their lives and set off to gorgeous St Kitts for their next chapter in life. They are enjoying the leap abroad they made and are savouring some island hopping before their next big adventure.
Outside of their blog, Lewis is a trained chef, who enjoys experimenting with new recipes and local cuisines and enjoying home comforts (including his computer), while Steph is a veterinary nurse with a love for all animals. She also loves photography (she does the photography work for their blog), a good book and days at the beach.
Follow their beautiful blog for your next travel inspiration!
1) Who or what inspired you to go into travel blogging?
We have been following a couple of different travel blogs for a few years now and when we were thinking about going on our year-long trip, we decided that a travel blog would be a good way to keep people back home up-to-date on what we were up to.
When we got the opportunity to move to St Kitts instead, we decided to still do the blog – but focus on travelling and expat life too.
2) What kind of traveller are you: thrill seeker, culture vulture, adrenaline junkie, nature lover or some of everything?
Nature lover and culture vulture definitely! We love exploring museums and temples and visiting ruins. But also, we are just as comfortable with hiking to a waterfall or lying on the beach.
3) Which are your top three most memorable travel experiences and why? Please list each one with a brief explanation.
1) The most memorable would have to be the three-day safari in Tsavo National Park in Kenya in 2019.
It was a fantastic experience; Steph cried when she saw her first wild elephant and its baby! It was absolutely amazing to see these creatures in the wild and we can’t wait to go on safari again.
2) Next would have to be learning to scuba dive in Tenerife. Being able to dive opens the world up on a whole new level.
3) Last would have to be our honeymoon in Jamaica. We had an amazing three weeks of diving, sightseeing and soaking up the sun.
4) What was your most humbling or eye-opening travel experience in your home country and why?
Living on a tiny Caribbean island during a pandemic has been an experience. We had a very strict lockdown of six weeks where we couldn’t leave our home, except for groceries and had only certain days and a strict time period to shop in.
There was a shortage of supplies too with most things being shipped onto the island.
However, the strict rules really worked and now we can see what a privilege it is to live in this beautiful, COVID-19-free place.
5) Worst (local) travel experience?
Definitely our car running out of fuel in the Troodos Mountains in Cyprus. We were on our way back to a spa we had been to the day before to pay the bill, as our credit card had declined and we had to leave our passports as guarantee that we would come back and pay.
Luckily, we encountered the help of a lovely local who assisted us to the nearest petrol station and we managed to settle our bill and retrieve our passports ten minutes before they closed!
6) Your top three travel destinations across the globe – either that you have personally experienced or would love to visit?
1. Kenya is amazing and we would highly recommend everyone goes on a safari at least once in a lifetime to see the incredible animals in their natural environment.
2. The Caribbean will always have a special place in our hearts from our honeymoon in Jamaica to our current home in St Kitts.
3. Japan is right at the top of our travel bucket list at the moment. We can’t wait to get there and eat all the food.
7) Any useful travel sites/blogs that you can recommend for following?
1. We love Never Ending Footsteps; it was the first travel blog we started reading. Lauren has the worst luck as a traveller ever but still stays positive.
2. Goats On The Road is another great blog run by Nick and Dariece, who have travelled the world for over ten years and have lots of great advice about being a digital nomad.
3. The Whole World or Nothing: James and Sarah are fellow Brits who started off on a year-long backpacking trip and decided to make travel their full-time job. They are currently in the middle of a van build.
8) If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Probably Japan to eat all the sushi and see all the beautiful sights.
9) Do you have any handy tips for planning a trip/day out in your city (and please state which city it is)?
Brimstone Hill Fortress is a must-see – and there are so many beautiful hikes in the rainforest. The guidebooks just don’t portray these things.
10) Best travel advice for locals and tourists?
Bring your own cups! Seriously… the amount of plastic cups from beach bars is heartbreaking. We always try and do our bit by bringing our own reusable cups.
To read about and see all of Steph and Lewis’s travel stories, you can visit their awesome travel blog or follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
Thank you very much, Steph and Lewis, for appearing in this guest travel interview.
Author: Tamlyn Ryan
Content writer by day and blogger by night, Tamlyn Ryan passionately runs her own travel blog, called Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust, from her home base of Cape Town, South Africa. And, despite a national diploma in Journalism, in her free time, Tamlyn’s preferred niche remains travel writing.
Tamlyn is a hopeless wanderer, equipped with an endless passion for road trips, carefully planned, holiday itineraries and, above all else, an innate love for the great outdoors.