Media Update: Interviews on Guidebook Writing and Belize

While recovering from seven months of travel and tackling re-entry, I’ve been answering interview questions about my experiences as a first-time guidebook writer, and dishing about my favorite place: Belize. I hope you all enjoy the read.

1.What it takes to be a travel guidebook author: Conversation with Lily Girma (Matador Network)


2. A guidebook author’s top 10 for Belize (Matador Network)

3. Round The World Photo Carnival (The Nomadic Family)

And if you stumbled on my blog from the above links, welcome! Feel free to join me on Facebook, or browse more of my articles here and here.


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Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning writer, photographer, and blogger specializing in the Caribbean region. Her work is regularly published in major travel publications, including AFAR, CNN, Delta Sky, and Lonely Planet, among others. A self-professed "culture-holic," Lily left her native Ethiopia at age one, fast developing a passion for the expat 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 multiple travel brands and tourism boards, and also authors major print guidebooks on three Caribbean destinations, including Belize, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica.

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  1. Ruthie 22 May, 2013 at 2:28 PM #

    Hi I enjoyed reading your article in Matador. You’ve inspired me to follow my own dream of being a travel writer — though it seems to be more work than I thought! I grew up in Jamaica so I can relate to many of the places you mention in your pieces. Keep up the good work!

  2. Lebawit Lily Girma 22 May, 2013 at 3:23 PM #

    Hi Ruthie,
    Thanks for your note and for stopping by! It is definitely a lot of work, like every other profession in life. Loving what you do is what makes the difference. I had a fantastic time, as hard as I was working, I loved every aspect of it and hardly felt it. Wishing you all the best in your travel writing!

  3. Rob Benner 25 May, 2013 at 9:18 AM #

    Enjoyed reading the interview. I find the process a writer /photographer goes through in creating their work every bit a fascinating as the content itself. Thanks for sharing. The amazing book cover captures my favorite images of Belize: sea, sand, coconut palms, and a hammock beneath. Congratulations. Hope some hard copies of your book find their way onto Caye Caulker when they’re released.Bright days ahead, Rob

  4. Lebawit Lily Girma 26 May, 2013 at 4:57 PM #

    Hi Rob, thanks very much for reading and sharing! I do wish I were back in that scenery of sea and sand… and that’s the reef, too, in the background. 🙂 I will make my way back to Caye Caulker, hopefully next year, and bring some copies with me for sure. You can also pre-order them on Amazon, as of now. And cheers to bright days ahead!

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