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.

Media Updates: Moon Belize Book Review & Interviews

Moon Belize11_CoverWhat a month! As you can guess, I’ve been in the trenches working on Destination Belize Magazine–editing articles and collaborating with McNab Designs and the Belize tourism Industry Association over the past month. It’s been a wonderful experience, and I can’t wait to see the final product.

In the meantime, I’ve also had the honor of being interviewed in various outlets. A  big thank you to Wandering Educators for this glowing review of Moon Belize (my latest edition, released December 2015). Editor Jessie Voigts says, in part:

“What I love about this book is the depth of Girma’s knowledge. Whether it is diving, accommodations, what to eat, or even how it feels to be there, she’s a masterful travel writer who can both entice and inform. As with all Moon Guides, the recommendations are also split out by cost, so you’re not reading about something and then discovering it is WAY more than you can afford. All the photos were taken by Girma, and show another side of her that I appreciate – that of the visual learner.

This is the best guidebook I’ve ever seen about Belize, and one of my favorite guidebooks ever. I dare you to read this and NOT plan a trip to Belize.”

I also did an expat interview with Up In The Air Life, an upscale tour company that takes travelers to places such as Colombia, Brazil and Thailand. You can read it here.

Meanwhile, stay tuned for late August when I will be releasing information on my first Sun & Stilettos customized, cultural tour to the Caribbean–starting with the Dominican Republic in February 2017.  I will have all the trip cost details and activities info at that time. To stay informed first, be sure to sign up for the mailing list. If you’d like to join the secret group on Facebook, drop me a message.

Have a wonderful rest of the summer!

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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