Media Updates: Travel to the Dominican Republic on Amateur Traveler

A couple of weeks ago, I had the honor of being a guest on the award-winning Amateur Traveler Podcast. It was great fun talking to host Chris Christensen about travel to the Dominican Republic, from sample itineraries to cultural tidbits.

Amateur Traveler Episode 495 – Travel to the Dominican Republic

Listen to the interview by pressing play below or by visiting Amateur Traveler’s website, where he also lists relevant websites mentioned in the podcast. I hope you enjoy the conversation and that it helps you plan your first trip to the DR, until my first edition of Moon Dominican Republic is published next Fall 2016. Feel free to leave comments below or on Facebook!

For those who reached my page through Amateur Traveler–welcome!–you can read more on the DR in my articles below, or when you join me on social media.



Viator Travel: Dominican Republic Things to Do

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In other media news, I’m thrilled to share my latest print article on the Dominican Republic, in the December 2015 issue of Sunday Times Travel Magazine.

My piece gives a brief overview for DR first-timers, helping them quickly orient their planning, from all inclusive escapes to independent travel in some of the most interesting parts of the country.

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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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