My Top 5: author & budget travel expert Deidre Mathis

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Photo: Tracy Daniel

Our My Top 5 feature showcases Houstonians who are shaping the culture in the city and impacting people’s lives. In turn, they share their own favorite things to do in Houston when they’re not hard at work. This week, we’re very pleased to feature Deidre Mathis, author of Wanderlust: For the Young, Broke Professional and budget travel expert/blogger at Passports and Pizzazz.

My Top 5 Things to Do in Houston

by Deidre Mathis

  1. Downtown Aquarium Restaurant – If you are like me, then there is nothing more relaxing than dining in the middle of a 500,000 gallon aquatic wonderland filled with over 200 species of aquatic life. I have dined at the aquarium restaurant a few times and each time I have a fabulous experience. The food is amazing but the view is even better.
  2. Holocaust Museum Houston – For years, I have always enjoyed learning about the Holocaust and visiting museums to hear of peoples firsthand experiences. Second only to the Anne Frank House that I visited in Amsterdam, this Museum District gem is the most informative, interesting, and educational museum.
  3. Agora Coffee Shop – I love to hang out at local restaurants that give me a true vibe of a city and that is exactly what Agora gives me. I love the two story, older building in Montrose and I love the friendly atmosphere that greets me every time I visit. Not only are the coffee and snacks great, but the free fast wi-fi is even more awesome
  4. Hermann Park – One of the reasons I love Houston is for all the huge, beautiful, green parks here. My favorite is Hermann Park. You can do anything you want to here: exercise, sit on the grass and read a book, people watch, play with your dog. I mean nothing is off limits!
  5. Cafe 4212 – Whatever I am in the mood for, 4212 seems to have. Poetry, jazz, comedy; they have it all here. I love hanging out at this cool bar and lounge in Midtown while sipping a glass of wine; enjoying whatever event is going on for the night.

About Deidre Mathis

Deidre Mathis is an author, budget travel expert, blogger at Passports and Pizzazz, and well-known public speaker born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. Deidre, who relocated to Houston in 2014, has twice been featured in Black Enterprise Magazine, has been highlighted as a USA Today Modern Woman, and is a reoccurring budget travel expert guest on Great Day Houston. Mathis, a young world traveler, has seen more than 31 countries across six continents and has lived abroad in three countries. She hopes to inspire young people to gain global exposure and offers creative ways to travel on a budget as showcased in her first book, Wanderlust: For the Young, Broke Professional. She is also the owner of Wanderlust Houston: A Texas Hostel which plans on making its opening debut in Fall 2017. Follow her and her travels on Instagram @deidreworldwide.