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May 3, 2019

Danielle Desir is a travel finance strategist, writer, speaker, podcaster and founder of and The Thought Card Podcast. The Thought Card is an award-winning travel finance blog and podcast about planning, saving and for affordable travel. Danielle paid off $63,000 of student loan debt in 4 years and purchased her first home at the age of 27. We met in Women of Color Podcasters, the group in which she co-founded. She has also traveled to 25 countries and does not let her financial responsibilities hold her back from pursuing her dreams. She is of Haitian descent.

She talks about podcasting, traveling on a budget, how she got started, what helped her the most, what stopped her from launching, what she learned during the process, and some of her favorite places to travel to. She talks about why and how she commutes back and forth to New York City and Connecticut. She talks about why blogging and podcasting are similar. She also shares what is new with her group, Women of Color Podcasters.

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  • “Money impacts everything that we do”
  • “If you do want to start, just start doing the research, make a plan, make a short list of maybe a couple of things that you can do”
  • “Blogging and podcasting are extremely similar. If you are a writer, you can transpose that into podcasting, because podcasting is really the audio version.”
  • “Podcasting is a lot of work.”
  • “Whatever niche you're in, even if it's a blog or podcast, figure out what the conferences are the major conferences that you can go to because that's what really put me on the map.”
  • “Figure out what exactly do you want to get out of the conference that you're going to go to and try to see how you can recoup that money back quickly so that your return on investment is there.”
  • “If you can afford to hire out, it's worth it.”
  • “Even though you might have a tendency to be a certain way, don't close yourself off to other things.”
  • “When it comes to destinations, I primarily follow the flight deal. So wherever I find a good flight, deal, bargain, that's where I fly to next.”


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