Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning Ethiopian-American travel writer, photographer and author of several Caribbean guidebooks for Moon Travel Guides. Her work has been published in AFAR, CNN Travel, BBC, Delta Sky, The Guardian, and Every Day With Rachael Ray, among others.
Her expertise ranges from cultural and sustainable travel to community tourism and social impact. A self-professed “culture-holic,” Girma is fluent in four languages, including French and Spanish, fluently and has lived in numerous countries such as Cote d’Ivoire, England, Jamaica, Belize, and the Dominican Republic. She has also explored some 30+ countries around the world.
In addition, Lily has extensive experience working with travel brands and tourism boards, providing destination content and strategy. Since 2017, she is also the Editor in chief of Belize’s sole visitor magazine, Destination Belize.
Lily is a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School and a former US corporate attorney who ditched her Washington DC office for the road in 2009 to pursue travel journalism. Among several awards, she is the recipient of the 2016 Marcia Vickery Wallace Memorial Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.