My Image In Lonely Planet Travel Magazine | September 2010


I am super excited to share with you that my latest photo publication is in this upcoming, September 2010 issue of Lonely Planet Travel Magazine. The editor loved my Jamaica stream and approached me in search of an image representing an “authentic Jamaican beach experience.”

With Jamaica holding a special place in my travel heart– as you all know – it only made me happier to have my favorite island and my image of a bonfire night on a Jamaican beach selected as part of the magazine’s yearly “best travel experiences” list.

Oh and of course, it feels great to see my photo and my credit published in a major travel publication, not to mention getting paid for doing what I love!

As we, repeat-Jamaica visitors already know,  and as the Jamaica Tourist Board says so well – once you go, you know.

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Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning, Ethiopian-American travel writer, photographer and author of several Caribbean guidebooks for Moon Travel Guides, including Moon Belize, Moon Belize Cayes, and Moon Dominican Republic (October 2016). Her work focuses on Caribbean culture and adventure, and has been published in AFAR, CNN Travel, BBC, Delta Sky, The Guardian, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, and Every Day With Rachael Ray, among many others. Lily is also the 2016 recipient of the Marcia Vickery Wallace Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism for her Caribbean coverage, from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

Lily calls herself a “culture-holic”–she speaks four languages fluently and has lived in Cote d’Ivoire, England, Jamaica, Belize, the Dominican Republic and traveled to some 30+ countries around the world. Last but not least, she is a former corporate attorney who ditched her Washington DC office for the road in 2009 to pursue her dream of becoming a storyteller.
Lily holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish (summa cum laude) from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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  1. lorraine 24 August, 2010 at 1:32 PM #

    Way to go, gurl! Gettin’ thru! :))

  2. Sprat 24 August, 2010 at 2:25 PM #

    Awesome job! You should be proud 🙂


  3. Cathy 24 August, 2010 at 2:43 PM #

    The sky is the limit especially when one is so passionate about something. It seems to take the work out of it! Way to go girl….!!!!

  4. lilyg 24 August, 2010 at 2:44 PM #

    Thank you Lolly! Yes, indeed.:)

    Thank you Jackie, I’m ecstatic!

  5. lilyg 24 August, 2010 at 3:22 PM #

    Thank you Cathy!! 🙂 It does not feel like work at all!

  6. Nany 24 August, 2010 at 6:38 PM #


    GO GIRL!!!


  7. Adri 24 August, 2010 at 9:48 PM #

    Wow Lily! Congratz to you!!

  8. Lola 25 August, 2010 at 7:07 AM #

    Congrats Lily! Super proud of you 🙂

  9. Julie 25 August, 2010 at 10:10 AM #

    Congratulations, Lily! SO excited to see your wonderful work published!

  10. Mary 25 August, 2010 at 11:25 AM #


  11. AdventureRob 25 August, 2010 at 12:01 PM #

    Awesome work, congrats!

  12. Carlo 25 August, 2010 at 12:47 PM #

    Fantastic. Congratulations!

  13. lilyg 25 August, 2010 at 1:38 PM #

    Thank you so much Nany!

    Thanks Adri, hope you found a photographer for your wedding?

    Lola, thank you so much! You continue to be my role model! 🙂

    Julie you too – thank you! and all you do at Matador.

    Carlo, thanks much! Hope you are enjoying your adventure!

  14. lilyg 25 August, 2010 at 1:43 PM #

    Thanks Mary! Thanks AdventureRob!

  15. Moonlight Villa 26 August, 2010 at 9:54 PM #

    You are one of my favorite photographers. Your shots capture the real beauty of the islands…your love shows through in your photography…

  16. Moonlight Villa 26 August, 2010 at 9:59 PM #

    P.S. my favorite picture is still the one from room one with the three lawn chairs and it is raining…I think I need one of those for the wall in room one….

  17. lilyg 26 August, 2010 at 11:01 PM #

    Thank you Debbie! And yes that is one of my favorites too 🙂 consider it done! Next time I visit Negril, hopefully soon.

  18. hengfa 28 August, 2010 at 2:08 AM #

    NICE LILY!!!! That’s awesome and a great shot.

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