Deidre’s Bio

Deidre Mathis could be caught jumping from towers in New Zealand, bathing rescue elephants in Thailand, zip lining in a Mexican jungle or skydiving in the States. When she’s not trekking the globe, she is well known as a budget world traveler, author, and public speaker. She has traveled to more than 37 countries over all seven continents, and she has lived abroad in 3 of those countries. Her budget travel book, “Wanderlust: For the Young, Broke Professional” received great reviews and has been supported in countries such as the U.A.E., China, and Australia. Deidre’s story has been featured twice in Black Enterprise Magazine, USA TODAY as a Modern Woman, and Essence Magazine’s , ” Top Ten Things We Are Talking About” . Other publications that have featured her inspiring story on a local and national level include Forbes Magazine, Parlour Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, and Houstonia magazine.
 
Deidre is no stranger to television coverage, making appearances as the “go to” for travel advice and tips. She has graced the screens of Great Day Houston, First Coast Living, WBTV CBS, Houston Life and other shows as a budget travel expert. Women’s travel conferences and colleges and universities have welcomed Deidre as an expert keynote speaker in the area of travel.
 
Deidre is the owner of Wanderstay Hotels, LLC the first location opened spring 2018. This hostel opening made her a history maker, as she is the first African-American female U.S. based hostel owner.
 
Professional Awards:

1st place Urban League business pitch competition winner (December 2017)
1st place Liftoff Houston business plan competition (November 2017)
2nd place Texas Black Expo Pitch Competition Winner (January 2017)
3rd place HCC Business Plan Competition Winner (March 2017)
Houston Area Urban League Small Business Development Fall 2017 Graduate
West Houston Young Professional Speaker Series Inaugural Graduate 2017 Class
D-Mars 2017 Top 50 Black Professionals and Entrepreneurs

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