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.

2017 Moon Belize and Moon Belize Cayes: Book Covers and Pre-Order News!

I’m thrilled to share the covers for the next (my thirdedition of Moon Belize, and my second edition of Moon Belize Cayes. Once again, I’m grateful to have a publisher who appreciates my travel photography and chooses among my images of Belize to grace my guidebooks’ covers.

The location shown on Moon Belize is the dock on Isla Marisol Resort, Glovers Reef Atoll.

The cover of Belize Cayes is a view of the popular and idyllic Silk Cayes, during yet another dive trip a few months ago with Splash Dive Center, getting my advanced PADI certification.

The 12th edition of Moon Belize and the 2nd edition of Belize Cayes will be available in October 2017 but you can already pre-order on Amazon.

Introducing DRVisitor.com: A New Cultural and Adventure Travel Website on The Dominican Republic

I’m excited to introduce you to my latest project and creation. Dominican Republic Visitor or DRVisitor.com: a companion website and blog for my new Moon Dominican Republic guidebook for Moon Travel Guides, which released a month ago and is already receiving rave reviews.

In this age of technology and online travel planning, I thought it would be of great benefit for my readers to find excerpts and updates of my DR material on the web in between editions.

The website is also my aim to keep inspiring and encouraging more cultural and immersive travel, outdoor adventure, and sustainable tourism  in the Dominican Republic.

The site is filled with vibrant images–another chance to showcase and share with you the many images I have from around the country–and footage.  I will share narrative travel stories as well as travel tips–to help you experience the soul of the Dominican Republic.

You can read about DRVisitor.com’s full mission here.

Browse the website’s various categories–from Where to Stay, to Background information, and Experiences–and keep and eye on the blog for weekly posts. You can also join the site through Facebook and Instagram.

For now, I also leave you with the most recent share: my expert list of Best Beaches in the Dominican Republic.

Happy Wednesday!