Deidre Mathis can be caught jumping off of towers in New Zealand, playing with elephants in Thailand, zip lining in a Mexican jungle, or skydiving in the States. When she’s not trekking the world, she is well known as a budget world traveler, author and public speaker. She has traveled more than 33 countries over 6 continents and has lived abroad in 3 of those countries. Her first book, “Wanderlust: For the Young, Broke Professional” has been ordered in countries such as the U.A.E. (Abu Dhabi), China, and Australia and has been highlighted in Black Enterprise Magazine, Parlour Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, The Houstonia, and more! Deidre has been featured in USA TODAY as a Modern Woman and she has also been asked to appear on numerous news morning shows including Great Day Houston, First Coast Living, and WBTV CBS as a budget travel expert.
Fed up with the daunting task of working a full time job that didn’t fulfill her personal or professional growth, and after graduating with her master’s degree, Mathis decided to quit her job and embark on a travel gap year where she lived on her 12.12.12 model: 12 countries in 12 months for less than $12,000.
Deidre’s inspirational story has been shared nationwide as she has been a keynote speaker at different universities such as the University of Texas Arlington, Xavier University of Louisiana, and The Community College of Baltimore County. She has also lead budget travel informational sessions and workshops at travel conferences such as the Women in Travel Summit, Women’s Empowerment Conference, and the Women’s Travel Fest.
When not traveling, Deidre is working on opening her international hostel: Wanderlust Houston: A Texas Hostel in Houston, TX. She recently successfully completed a crowdfund campaign where nearly 100 people helped her secure initial funding for her hostel business endeavor.
Deidre has a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Florida A&M University, a master’s degree in Corporate Communications from Bowie State University and a Certificate in Tourism Management from George Washington University.