Category Archives: Deidre Mathis

40 Days and 40 Nights (Fiji, Bali, Thailand, and Australia)

Deidre welcome to Bounty Island In December of 2013 I started my 40 day journey across 4 countries: Australia, Fiji, Bali and Thailand. Being the budget traveler I am, I searched for deals high and low online and was soon able to book all four destinations including flight and lodging for under $2,500 USD. First stop on my list: Melbourne, Australia followed by Nadi, Fiji, Bangkok, Thailand and Kuta, Bali. Before visiting these Read more »

Reflections of South Africa: Nelson Mandela Version

mandela6 Reflections of South Africa: Nelson Mandela This current day and time former South Africa president, Nelson Mandela is on life support in Pretoria, South Africa. Mandela, 94, remains in critical but stable condition and has been battling a recurring lung infection since June 8, 2013. I am happy I had the opportunity to visit South Africa for ten days last month and feel his incredible presence Read more »

To Fly, Or Cruise?

To Fly, or to Cruise One question I get asked pretty often is if it is better to fly or cruise to a certain destination. Unfortunately there is no easy answer to this question. You see, both options have their ups and downs. If you are on a tight budget but you are looking for a getaway trip, taking a cruise may be your best bet. On the ship most food is served buffet style and is included in the price of the trip. Cruise Read more »

Viva Mexico!

Cabo Camel Ride Deidre1068_n Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Crystal blue water, handmade tortillas, and fun in the sun: Cabo San Lucas has so many different aspects that make for an incredibly beautiful city. I got the opportunity to visit Cabo for 4 days and 3 nights for less than $800.00. This price included a 4 star hotel, all inclusive resort (food, alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages) and a round-trip flight and shuttle to and Read more »

24 Hours in Taipei, Taiwan

Taiwan73 While living and working in Busan, South Korea, I was afforded the opportunity to get two days off of work to do whatever I pleased. No staying in and relaxing for me, no catching up on my favorite American television shows-instead I chose to pack up and head to Taipei, Taiwan for two days. Taipei City is the capital of the Republic of China. Taipei is the political, economic, and cultural centre Read more »

Before You Go! (Travel Tips)

Hotel, before you go   I am very ready to begin my traveling for the year. Starting now, I will travel once a month for the next seven months. I am going near and far, and before doing so, it is essentia that I prepare and plan some of my trip itineraries in advance. Trust me - while it’s nice to sometimes “go with the flow” on vacation, you don’t want to plan poorly and miss out on doing things that you Read more »

Jaipur, India

India Elephant Ride City Guide: Jaipur, India While vacationing in India, be sure to make a visit to Jaipur also known as India’s “Pink City”. Jaipur, the largest city of Rajasthan is an epitome of magnificence and vibrancy. Important spots not to miss include the Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort, and the many Bazaars (markets), which offer travelers an array of beautiful scenery, shopping, and activities. Hawa Mahal Read more »


Deidre Mathis Deidre is a self-proclaimed "travelholic". She got the travel bug while attending Florida A&M University.  Since then she has traveled to more than 17 countries on 3 continents. She recently earned her Master's Degree at Bowie State University and has 3 international trips and 7 domestic trips planned for the year. She hails from Florida but currently resides in Maryland. Check out her travel Read more »