Budget Travel Expert, Author, Solo Traveler, Wanderstay Hotels Owner

Passports & Pizzazz

Deidre’s Bio:


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”
Mark Twain

“Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer.”- Author Unknown

Deidre Mathis has firmly inserted herself into the hospitality and travel industries with the creation of Wanderstay Houston, private and shared accommodations catering to budget conscious travelers. Mathis is the first African-American woman to own a hostel in the United States, and she has built a multi-faceted brand that spans over a decade.

Having traveled to over 37 countries on all 7 continents, Mathis fell in love with the instant community and cultural diversity hostels provided. She wanted to bring that same experience stateside, and thus the concept for Wanderstay Hotels was born. The first location opened in Houston, TX in 2018.

Mathis’ motivational story has been featured in Forbes, USA Today, Essence, Black Enterprise, 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.

Follow her on Instagram: deidreworldwide

Check Out Deidre’s Blog While Living in India: http://deidreinindia.wordpress.com/2012/05/page/2/


7 thoughts on “Deidre’s Bio:

  1. What do you think of a college female traveling Europe alone this winter and on a budget?

  2. Hi Deirdre. I’m a student writing an article on the importance of travelling. What would you say are the main reasons to travel independently while you’re young? It would be great to hear your take on this!

  3. Pingback: About Me: The Travelholic | Budget Travel Expert & Everything Else In Between

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s