THE RUNWAY – Wanderlust with Deidre Mathis!

DeidreMathisDeidre Mathis is an author, travel blogger, and public speaker.

Her personal mantra comes from Ghandi: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” She has traveled to 23 countries over 5 continents.

She has a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Florida A&M University, a M.A. in Corporate Communications from Bowie State University and a Certificate in Tourism Destination Management from George Washington University and is based in the United States.

Her first book, Wanderlust: For the Young, Broke Professional details different budget opportunities many can use to gain global exposure. I recently caught up with Deidre on her new book and travel life, enjoy her interview below:



What inspired to write your book?
I was so unsatisfied working my traditional 9-5 and I felt like I just wasn’t growing as a individual so I quit my job and embarked on a travel gap year where I did nothing but travel and blog- that is where my book Wanderlust: For the Young, Broke Professional was born!

What do you love most about travelling?
I get to meet new people, explore new lands, try new things, taste new foods, hear new music. I love that everyday is so different and exciting!


Most memorable travel experience?
Traveling out of the country for the first time at age 19 to the Dominican Republic was my most memorable travel experience because it was my first time experiencing firsthand a new culture, a new language, and being in a new environment.
I plan on traveling back to DR next year to celebrate my 10 year anniversary of traveling to that beautiful island.


Favourite destination(s) so far and why?
South Africa, Fiji, and Thailand.

South Africa because it is really beautiful and with so much culture. Fiji because it is DROP DEAD GORGEOUS and relaxing and Thailand because there is so much diversity among the different cities and strong culture, it is also beautiful.



Beach in Thailand

What 3 items could you not travel without?
1) Camera

2) Ipad

3) Reading materials


Resort in Fiji – Photo Credit Jide Alakija

What do you dislike the most about travelling?
I don’t have many things I dislike about traveling. I do start to miss my significant other if we aren’t traveling together, but that is about it.


Playing with kangaroos in Australia2

Deidre playing with Kangaroos in Australia

Top travel tip?
Try to experience the the culture in what ever new city, country, continent you are visiting. It is okay to do touristy things for a bit, but try spending a few days living like a local!

Fiji Mud Bash

Diedre in a Fiji Mud Bath

Where next?
Abu Dhabi, Chile, China, Ireland, Iceland, Bahamas, and Barbados (In that order)

Her amazing book Wanderlust: For the Young, Broke Professional details different budget opportunities many can use to gain global exposure and travel is out now and available to purchase using the link below!

Links to her website and book

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