Hotelier, Budget Travel Expert & Author
Deidre Mathis has firmly inserted herself into the hospitality and travel industries with the creation of the Wanderstay Hospitality Group, a hybrid hospitality brand. The first location, Wanderstay Houston Hostel, opened summer 2018 in Houston, Texas and offers themed private and shared accommodations. The 2nd location, a boutique hotel, will be opening spring 2021. Mathis is the first Black woman to own a hostel in the United States. Mathis is also the Director of Wander Abroad Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) organization that provides passports and short-term study abroad scholarships to college students.
Having traveled to over 44 countries on all 7 continents, Mathis fell in love with the instant community and cultural diversity boutique accommodations provided. She wanted to bring that same experience stateside, and thus the concept for Wanderstay was born.
Mathis’ motivational story has been featured in Forbes Magazine, USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, the Houston Chronicle, and Houston Style Magazine among others, and she has made numerous television appearances including Great Day Houston, First Coast Living, WBTV CBS, and Houston Life dispensing travel advice and tips. She included many of her travel experiences in her book, “Wanderlust: For the Young, Broke Professional”, which helps people looking to enrich their lives by exploring the world.
Mathis holds 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 graduate certificate in Tourism Management from the George Washington School of Business. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc and Houston’s Business Journal 2020 40 Under 40 Cohort.