Publication Update: August/September Issue of AFAR Magazine ~ Jamaica, Island Deep Dive

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I’m excited to be featured in the August/September issue of AFAR Magazine!

As AFAR’s Jamaica expert, I dish out on the latest fun ways to Island Deep Dive and go deeper into Jamaica’s lesser visited areas and experiences, from caving to waterfalls and food tours.

If you’re not already subscribed to AFAR, grab a copy at the nearest newsstand near you, perhaps even at the airport on your way to Jamaica.

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And if you’ve landed on my blog after reading this piece, welcome to Sunshine & Stilettos! You can find plenty of my Caribbean travel photographs and posts by browsing all over this site, or by using the Search button at the

bottom of the page. You can also read about my journey as a travel writer and blogger here.

Want more on Jamaica? Check out my digital AFAR Jamaica Guide, or my recent Jamaica’s Best Beaches e-book.

Last but not least, I am currently in the beautiful Dominican Republic, researching and writing a brand new edition of Moon Dominican Republic for Moon Travel Guides. Follow my journey on Instagram.

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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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