Lilly Graves

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Lilly Graves is a freelance travel writer, photographer, and trip planner based in Los Angeles. Her passion for travel began at age 25 when a trip to the Australian Open turned into a 96-day blogging adventure culminating at the Vatican. Lilly’s journalism career started at, where she was hired as a New York City-based writer and photographer. She proceeded to cover hundreds of hotel properties on four continents as the company evolved under the TripAdvisor brand. During that time, Lilly also freelanced for as a travel expert planning customized trips. She has since written articles for Travel + Leisure, Culture Trip, Islands, Bradt Travel Guides,, and more. She also founded a trip planning service called Lilia Hill Travel, specializing in simple, elegant itineraries.

• 20+ years of experience as a travel writer for print and digital outlets
• Covered 500+ properties worldwide as a hotel reviewer and photographer 
• Received a master’s degree in international journalism from City University London 
• Completed internships at The Times' travel desk (London) and The New York Times' Frugal Traveler column (Brooklyn)

About Travel + Leisure

Travel + Leisure, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is a top travel media brand with a mission to inform and inspire passionate travelers. Our expert team includes a network of hundreds of writers and photographers across the globe, all providing a local eye on the best places to stay, eat, and explore. We reach an audience that takes 76 million round trips annually, offering valuable travel tips, ideas and inspiration, and products you need to get you to your destination — whether it’s a small town or big city, beach or lake, national park or theme park, road trip, cruise, or long-haul flight, and everything in between. Learn more about us and our editorial process

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