I had the pleasure of speaking with Deidre Mathis a Houston business owner, frequent traveler and author of Wanderlust: For The Young, Broke Professional. Her story of dropping everything and moving to South Korea knowing no one or the language was really intriguing to me. While we were talking, I couldn’t help but recognize the courage it took to even consider a stunt like this or the risk to actually commit to the move. At the same time, hearing her success story made me SO UNBELIEVABLY jealous.
Honestly, I am slightly inspired to sell my house and quit my job to see the world, but I haven’t finished reading her book yet, so it’s best that I hold off.
Tiffany: How many countries have you traveled to?
Deidre: I’ve traveled to 37 countries.
Tiffany: When was the first time you traveled overseas?
Deidre: 2007, Dominican Republic, I participated in a study abroad program in college.
Tiffany: How has traveling affected you? Positively or Negatively.
Deidre: Extremely positive. By the time I finished my master’s degree, I had already taught English in South Korea, studied the Hindi language in India, and practiced Spanish in Costa Rica.
Tiffany: What do you do for a living?
Deidre: Author, Budget Travel Expert, Entrepreneur
Tiffany: How did your career unfold?
Deidre: I quit my job in 2013, traveled for a year, created my brand and decided to open a business and write my book.
Tiffany: Tell us about your book?
“Wanderlust: For the Young, Broke Professional” I decided to take a break from it all to travel and explore the world. That’s how Wanderlust was born. Whether you are a college student, recent graduate, or working on a full-time job, this book offers resources to help you save money, manage your time to prioritize travel, and plan the trip of your dreams. If you are tired of just dreaming about or talking about traveling more- hurry and get to reading! “Wanderlust: For the Young, Broke Professional” will inspire you to go beyond your comfort zone to learn a new language, mix and mingle with locals from different countries and explore the beauty of different cities. You can choose to volunteer your time abroad, go work internationally, or simply vacation somewhere new and exotic- whatever the case, this book will help you get there.
Tiffany: Tell us about your business? What made you want to start your own company?
Deidre: I knew that I had a goal of working for myself. I wanted the challenge and I wanted to create a legacy that could be passed down to my kids.
Tiffany: What are your views on being a black entrepreneur?
Deidre: It is necessary! We need to start creating jobs and becoming business owners so that we have more control of our time, dollars, and can work in industries we enjoy!
Tiffany: What career advice would you have for your 21-year-old self if you knew then what you know now?
Deidre: Don’t mess up your credit, save as much money a possible, and continue to explore different career options
Tiffany: What inspires you to wake up every day and go to work?
Deidre: Passion! Determination and excitement for what I do!
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