Media Update: Interviews on Guidebook Writing and Belize

While recovering from seven months of travel and tackling re-entry, I’ve been answering interview questions about my experiences as a first-time guidebook writer, and dishing about my favorite place: Belize. I hope you all enjoy the read.

1.What it takes to be a travel guidebook author: Conversation with Lily Girma (Matador Network)


2. A guidebook author’s top 10 for Belize (Matador Network)

3. Round The World Photo Carnival (The Nomadic Family)

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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. Ruthie 22 May, 2013 at 2:28 PM #

    Hi I enjoyed reading your article in Matador. You’ve inspired me to follow my own dream of being a travel writer — though it seems to be more work than I thought! I grew up in Jamaica so I can relate to many of the places you mention in your pieces. Keep up the good work!

  2. Lebawit Lily Girma 22 May, 2013 at 3:23 PM #

    Hi Ruthie,
    Thanks for your note and for stopping by! It is definitely a lot of work, like every other profession in life. Loving what you do is what makes the difference. I had a fantastic time, as hard as I was working, I loved every aspect of it and hardly felt it. Wishing you all the best in your travel writing!

  3. Rob Benner 25 May, 2013 at 9:18 AM #

    Enjoyed reading the interview. I find the process a writer /photographer goes through in creating their work every bit a fascinating as the content itself. Thanks for sharing. The amazing book cover captures my favorite images of Belize: sea, sand, coconut palms, and a hammock beneath. Congratulations. Hope some hard copies of your book find their way onto Caye Caulker when they’re released.Bright days ahead, Rob

  4. Lebawit Lily Girma 26 May, 2013 at 4:57 PM #

    Hi Rob, thanks very much for reading and sharing! I do wish I were back in that scenery of sea and sand… and that’s the reef, too, in the background. 🙂 I will make my way back to Caye Caulker, hopefully next year, and bring some copies with me for sure. You can also pre-order them on Amazon, as of now. And cheers to bright days ahead!

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