Counting down to Belize


While dreaming of palm trees, islands, sips of fresh watermelon juice and bird chants waking me in the morning, I’ve been flying through September–packing up my apartment, writing. researching and writing some more.
I’ve started working on my first chapter of Moon Belize, 10th Edition. It’s all very exciting. The volume of work is indeed massive, as I expected–but I have an awesome Moon team assigned to work with me, my writer support system!  It’s clear that every hour, if not minute, of my day will have to be strictly managed (how does a girl say no to a sunset sail?), but I intend to take it all in. Along the way, I’ll be sharing postcards and experiences with you from my journey as a new travel guidebook author (stay tuned to my Facebook Page for Instagram shots along the way and other surprises).
I can’t wait for the new stories to tell of Belize, the fresh photos to come, old friends I’ll be seeing and mostly, grateful to be doing what I love and to be so clearly on purpose.
In the meantime, I’m re-packing my suitcase for the fifth or sixth time (please tell me how women survive months on the road with just ONE dress and no heels?).


Some updates:

1– My blog has made the semi-finalist list in TWO categories of the annual Black Weblog Awards: “Best Photography in a Blog” and “Best Travel Blog”.  Please support my blog by voting for me under both (photography first if you must choose). It takes just three clicks.  Scroll down on this page to find the categories, select Sun and Stilettos, and then scroll down and click “submit”. Thank you much!
2- My most recent photo publication is in the October issue of Ms. Magazine  (also its 40th Anniversary issue); you can pick up a copy from any US newsstand near you.

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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. Therese 30 September, 2012 at 3:25 PM #

    Answer to your rhetorical question about the dress and heels… One of those black that cn be worn multiple ways, black heels + a ziploc bag full of colorful costume jewellery… 🙂

  2. Lebawit Lily Girma 30 September, 2012 at 3:37 PM #

    So right, Therese! Don’t know what I did with that convertible black dress I had.(:

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