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.

My 2016 Highlights and Establishing a Home Base

2016 was a fantastic year of professional and personal growth.

A year in which I landed some of my biggest clients for both editorial and writing projects.

A year in which I received my first major award as a travel journalist.

A year in which I published my third title for Moon Travel Guides: a first edition of Moon Dominican Republic.

And a year in which, after eight years of being on the road as a travel writer and photographer, I have finally picked a country as my home base: the Dominican Republic. It was indeed in November 2008 that I sat in my >> Continue reading »

Moon Belize 2017 Updates: Highlight from Tobacco Caye

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There are many scenes in Belize that appear straight out of a watercolor painting. Like the view arriving at Tobacco Caye Paradise Cabins–now owned and operated by Island Expeditions. If I were to pick a spot to completely disconnect from the world (even though there is wi-fi if you need), let my hair down, and live al fresco–this would be one of them.

Days here are long, spent in the water exploring corals and fish, kayaking around the island, hammock-swinging on your over-the-water porch while the resident stingray passes by… or doing nothing at all.

The next edition of Moon Belize will be published in the Fall of 2017.