JUNE 2016 – ISSUE 06 – JUST GO!
Budget traveler, author and entrepreneur, Deidre Mathis, recently filed with the state of Texas to open a hostel in the Houston area in Fall 2017. Her hostel, Wanderlust Houston, will offer its guests an authentic Houston experience, safe, clean facilities, organized day tours, and more! In opening the hostel, Deidre is slated to become the first African-American female hostel owner in the United States.
Having traveled to over 31 countries spanning 6 continents and staying in over 50 hostels, she says hostelling has played a big part in her saving money during her travels. She also notes that not only is staying in hostels a great option to save money, but it is also a great way to meet people from all over the world. Deidre was inspired to open a hostel in the Houston area because she believes Houston is a great hub for international travelers and a popular destination for domestic travelers.
Deidre’s love of travel, her hostel ambitions and her travel budget book, Wanderlust: For the Young, Broke Professional has lead her to have been featured twice in Black Enterprise Magazine and highlighted as a USA TODAY’s Modern Woman. She has spoken at events such as the Women’s Travel Fest Conference and Women in Travel Summit. She has also been a keynote speaker at many different colleges/universities and has appeared as a budget travel expert guest on Great Day Houston, First Coast Living, and WBTV CBS where she has discussed budget travel tips and shared her very inspirational story with the viewers of the morning shows.