Author Archives: 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.

A Special Update on Belize


Happy Travel Tuesday!

It has been such an exciting month. On the heels of my award news, I have another thrilling work-related update. A new client and a big project. 

I recorded this live message to tell you all about it.

Hint: it has to do with my beloved Belize.


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Postcard of the Week: Annual Mango Festival in Bani, Dominican Republic


Some snapshots from this weekend’s colorful mango festival in the town of Bani – also known as the mango capital of the Dominican Republic.

A recap to come soon, as well as big updates/news in exactly two weeks in the June newsletter.