We are enabling locals to use their time and knowledge to earn a living by generating new sources of income, while creating a better world where people can experience richer, more meaningful lives.
Vayable has forever changed how I experience the world. I now always have a friend and amazing experiences waiting for me at every destination.Peter G. (Commercial Pilot)
Vayable is a place to discover unique, cultural experiences from design, photography and street art experiences, to ethnic food tours, private dinners hosted by locals, backroads wine tastings and underground history, sightseeing and immersive cultural exchange. Vayable is a home for anyone looking to experience honest, local culture through experiences created and hosted by passionate local Insiders.
The artists, designers, foodies, teachers, filmmakers, photographers, chefs and everyone else on Vayable create and operate their own experiences. They create, curate and take full responsibility for the experiences they offer. Vayable is a platform and a resource; we do not run or host the experiences ourselves. Anyone can create an experience on Vayable as long as it meets our guidelines.
If you are in Rome, live in the Roman way, if you are elsewhere, live as they do there.St. Ambrose
Experiencing local culture with the guidance of others dates back centuries in literature and history. Classics like the Odyssey and The Divine Comedy center their stories around the rich travel experiences guides made possible. During the Enlightenment, educational journeys became so popular they were the reason most people traveled: to learn about art, technology and culture and to enrich themselves through cultural exchange. Rousseau, Goethe and Voltaire are among countless prominent thinkers of their time who credit travel experiences for influencing the greatest works of art, political thought and writing of the modern age. In the Nineteenth Century an industry began to grow around traveling for enrichment, culture and human connection. Vayable is committed to building on this tradition for a new generation of creatives, writers, politicos, technologists and anyone who aspires to enrich their understanding of the world and of themselves.
It was as if my Insider had known me all my life because she showed me the absolute best experiences and places.Jan B. (Teacher)
And the experts agree. Happiness research shows that we get longer-lasting meaning and fulfillment from experiences than we do from stuff. In other words, “It’s better to go on a vacation than buy a new couch’ is basically the idea,” psychology professor, Elizabeth W. Dunn, told the New York Times last year. Vayable was created with the revolutionary idea that by exploring the world, we can better it.
As much as the travel industry relies on travelers, it also relies on destinations. A recent report by UNESCO cites tourism as one of the greatest threats to the same global sites by which it sustains itself. Therefore, the survival of the industry translates into the survival of the communities that sustain it, particularly in developing countries. For many countries, tourism presents the greatest promise of prosperity and economic mobility. Vayable provides these communities with a new, safe and fun way to accomplish this.
When you book on Vayable, you are helping individuals bring their dreams to life. You help empower them to earn a living from their passions, knowledge and skills. This in turn also has a positive impact on the community by helping to keep culture alive and bring local commerce to neighborhoods and towns that may otherwise not have access to capital that traditional tourist centers enjoy. Most importantly, Insiders have the opportunity to share ideas and knowledge with others that have the power to inspire and delight everyone who participates. There’s no better feeling in the world than sharing in these moments.
Being a photographer, I love seeing new perspectives and the people I have met with Vayable give me the joy of seeing the city I live in with a fresh set of eyes. It's like I am a tourist in my own town and I love that exciting feeling.Alexander B. (Vayable Insider, Paris Night Photography Tour)