I’m Danielle Desir
A multi-passionate author, podcaster, and freelance writer based in Connecticut.
Having traveled to 27 countries and 4 continents with a full-time job, I am passionate about empowering financially savvy travelers to make informed financial decisions – travel more, pay off debt, and build wealth. I focus on simple, practical, and actionable strategies.
My educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, a master’s in Health Care Administration, and a certificate in Project Management.
In addition to being a homeowner, I paid off $63,000 of student loan debt in 4 years and purchased a house at the age of 27. When I’m not searching for cheap flights or visiting local breweries, you can find me writing about affordable travel and personal finance topics on my award-winning blog, The Thought Card.
I started The Thought Card in 2015 as a way to share my thoughts with the world. What started as a lifestyle and travel blog quickly morphed into an affordable travel and personal finance blog after combining my passions for travel and money.
I have written for various travel, blogging, podcasting, and personal finance publications. My work has appeared in GoBankingRates, Podcast Business Journal, Guide To Iceland, and more.
In 2018, I expanded my brand to include a podcast. The Thought Card Podcast shares inspiring stories, tips, and advice from money nerds and globetrotters who are using their hard-earned money to creatively travel the world, earn more, pay off debt, and build wealth. Frequently recommended, The Thought Card Podcast was featured as one of the top travel podcasts by The Nomadic Matt.
In 2018, I also founded WOC (Women of Color) Podcasters, a community of over 3,500 members. This is the first community of its kind dedicated to amplifying the voices of women of color podcasters from around the world. As the editor in chief, I lead a team of three editors and run a membership.
In 2019 I co-founded a virtual podcast summit called Podthon. Born out of the need for more representation at podcasting conferences across the country, Podthon features diverse speakers from around the world. I have spoken at several podcasting conferences including Podcast Movement, She Podcasts Live, DC PodFest, and Podfest Global Summit. I have also been a featured guest on over 60 podcasts.
In 2019, I wrote my first book, Iceland: Nature, Nurture & Adventure, an Iceland travel guide sharing how to plan an affordable, adventurous, and culturally enriching trip to the Land of Fire and Ice. In 2020, I published two additional books Affording Travel: Saving Strategies For Financially Savvy Travelers and Traveling With A Full-Time Job.
While I have accomplished so much in the last 7 years, I’m excited for what the future holds. I look forward to traveling, writing more books, and serving my clients. If you are a business in the travel, content creation education, or personal finance space, I can help you with blog posts and website copy.
Here’s where you can connect with me online!
Email: info (at) danielledesir (dot) com