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.

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

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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 »