Special News: I’m The Next Belize Road Warrior!

I’m super excited to announce that I’m the next (and second) Road Warrior for the Belize Tourism Board and the Matador Travel Network. For the next three months, I will be based in Belize, working as a travel writer and photographer.

The Road Warrior Program was launched in March 2011 and it’s a first initiative of its kind between the Belize Tourism Board and a major online travel magazine and blog such as the Matador Network.

The goal: to showcase a unique destination such as Belize through the eyes of a long-term travel blogger.

It’s an amazing opportunity offered to those of us who graduate from the Matador Network’s travel writing or travel photography course (“MatadorU“) to do what we love full-time: write and/or shoot. And for readers, it’s a chance to learn about Belize from the perspective of a traveler who is on the ground immersing in all things Belizean.

I’m also the Road Warrior Program’s first photographer (so excited!). Through both words and images, I’ll be sharing my next 90 days in Belize with you as I go all around the country. My main theme: adventure travel. Stay tuned to find out what I get into (read: everything from repelling to diving). And when I’m not hanging upside down from a rope or floating through caves, I’ll be capturing portraits for a “Faces of Belize” project.

My articles and photography will be published every week on the Matador Network, and my blog will be updated regularly with images and lots of stories and tidbits on Belize.

Joining the Road Warrior program is one of the most positive steps forward for my travel photography and writing since I embarked on pursuing my passion 2.5 years ago and since completing MatadorU’s travel photography course. It’s literally, my dream job.

So if you’ve always wanted to visit Belize or want to learn more about it, this is your chance to watch it all unfold!

I arrived in Belize late Friday, and it’s been an amazing start so far: from waking up to birds chirping at the beautiful Belize River Lodge, to learning about medicinal plants, to spotting howler monkeys and sampling my hosts’ traditional Belizean cooking.

I’m sitting on the porch at the lodge right now, taking in the night breeze and listening to nature all around me as I write this first post.

Three months to go, and it’s going to be one un-Belize-able ride! 🙂

To follow along my Belize adventure and not skip a beat, subscribe to my blog feed or join me on Facebook or Twitter.

Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning travel journalist, photographer, and guidebook author specializing in the Caribbean region. Her work has been published in major travel publications, including CNN, AFAR, Delta Sky, Lonely Planet, Shermans Travel, and BBC, among others. A self-professed "culture-holic," Lily left her native Ethiopia at age one, fast developing a passion for the expat Caribbean life. In 2008, she ditched her US corporate law career for the road and created Sunshine and Stilettos—a travel photography blog showcasing authentic ways to experience the Caribbean, through culture and nature. Lily has since partnered with Caribbean tourism boards and travel brands on major content projects. She also authors print guidebooks on three destinations, including Belize, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica. Read more on her site, LebawitGirma.com

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  1. Chyrisse Ahmed 12 July, 2011 at 10:03 AM #

    What can I say! Just Fab!!! I will be following your adventure!

  2. Sprat 12 July, 2011 at 11:04 AM #

    Simply wonderful Lily….you have worked so hard, and now it has paid off!
    What a fabulous experience….and I look forward to following your adventures, through you writings and photos!

    Congrats Lily…. 🙂

  3. Julie 12 July, 2011 at 1:42 PM #

    So excited to follow along, Lily!

  4. cher schweitzer 12 July, 2011 at 1:52 PM #

    You go girl!….you’re living your dream….more power to you!

    I’m always loving your wonderful photography….waiting for more from Belize!

  5. Hal Amen 12 July, 2011 at 2:00 PM #

    Congrats, Lily!
    Judging by that mangrove shot, I think I’m going to enjoy what you’ll have to show us. 🙂

  6. Manyu 12 July, 2011 at 2:56 PM #

    This is exciting! Have a great time!!!

  7. Stephen 12 July, 2011 at 3:04 PM #

    Great news Lily! Looking forward to the updates. Best of luck.

  8. Julie 12 July, 2011 at 7:09 PM #

    You should recognize that guy in the front of the boat! (Tom Gates) 🙂

  9. Lebawit Lily Girma 12 July, 2011 at 7:18 PM #

    Yes I was actually going to Julie! 🙂

    Thank you everyone for your kind words!! Looking forward to bringing you more! 🙂

  10. Cathy 12 July, 2011 at 7:38 PM #

    I was just reading about Belize the other day and now I can hardly wait to read along on your 3 month adventure. This is on my bucket list of places to go! Have fun and take lots of photos.

  11. Hal Amen 12 July, 2011 at 8:20 PM #

    Julie–are you serious?? What’s he doing there?

  12. Julie 12 July, 2011 at 8:46 PM #

    He was here on vacation! But we’ve drafted him into business. 🙂 More on that soon.

  13. Soletripper 15 July, 2011 at 9:21 PM #

    Congrats Lily! Hope you have a fantastic time.

  14. Heather 16 July, 2011 at 8:07 AM #

    Congrats Lily! Looking forward to following your travels in Belize.

  15. Cristhel B. 16 July, 2011 at 7:44 PM #


    I’m so impressed! Bravo!! This is very motivating and inspiring!! can’t wait to read on!! :))

  16. Kenneth Dart 4 August, 2011 at 7:35 PM #

    I have an incredible cave trip located near San Jose Succotz I would like to show you! Actun Chapat and Halal. 665-2808 when you get to the Cayo District!

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