Traveling Tips for "The Young, Broke Professional"

Posted at 12:30 PM, Nov 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-10 06:38:08-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- If you've always wanted to travel the world... but your bank account says otherwise... listen up!

FAMU alum Deidre Mathis has some advice to share.

Mathis is an author, travel blogger, and public speaker. She's visited 27 countries in five continents.

She used all of her experiences to write a book to help others see the world. It's called Wanderlust: For The Young, Broke Professional.

Mathis is a self-proclaimed "traveloholic" and says getting the chance to see the world can make life worth living.

Here are Mathis' travel tips to help anyone on a budget:

1) Take a cruise! Cruise pros: All inclusive, pre-planned on board activities, and a great way to see multiple countries at once.

2) While traveling, stay in hostels! Hostels are low cost accommodations and are a great way to meet other travelers on the road. You can use hostels both domestically and internationally. I have stayed at hostels for as low as $15 USD per night.

3) Search for low cost flights on multiple websites- don't just check one and be done. Examples:,

4) Sign up for travel rewards, i.e. if you take a Delta flight make sure you sign up for their frequent flier rewards program. I did this and last year was able to obtain 2 free round-trip flights from cashing in rewards points.

5) Use Groupon and LivingSocial! I was able to travel to travel to Jamaica for 4 days, 3 nights for $700 including flight from a posted online deal. If it makes you feel better, opt to get the travel insurance from the airline to recover your money if you need to cancel.

For more information on Deidre Mathis or Wanderlust: For The Young, Broke Professional, click here.

Mathis is also taking part in a book signing and meet and greet at FAMU. That's Thursday, November 9 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the FAMU Bookstore.