On Authenticity

Whenever people ask us why they should take Vayable tours, we always talk about the idea of authenticity. Wikipedia defines authenticity as “the truthfulness of origins, attributions, commitments, sincerity, devotion, and intentions.” In the modern world “authenticity” can mean almost anything. It can mean identifying with “alternative” lifestyles and tastes; it can mean being effortlessly cool; it can mean being all natural without artificial flavors … Continue reading On Authenticity

Vayable provides a safe way to connect with local experts worldwide

Here’s a guest post we wrote for DIWYY, a girl’s guide to travel. In making the most out of our time abroad, it’s often important to reflect on the reasons why we travel. We travel to take in different cultures, to immerse ourselves in a world entirely foreign to us, and to reclaim that childhood wonder of discovering something we never knew existed. Sometimes the … Continue reading Vayable provides a safe way to connect with local experts worldwide

San Francisco at the Forefront of the Sharing Economy

There have already been some great recaps of this Tuesday’s sharing economy panel by Taskrabbit and Shareable, but here’s yet another one. We’re stoked to be part of the working group that will help shape public policy around this new economy that will enable greener lifestyles, bring people closer together, and make living in the city more affordable. “As goes San Francisco, as goes the … Continue reading San Francisco at the Forefront of the Sharing Economy

Happy New Year and a Look Down Memory Lane

We hope everyone had a great holiday season and New Year! As we look upon the new year, we’re filling our calendars and to-do lists with goals big and small that we’ve set for ourselves. Whether it’s being more healthy or learning something new, don’t forget to also appreciate the things in life that make you happy. Studies show that being happy broadens thought processes … Continue reading Happy New Year and a Look Down Memory Lane

Traveling and How “Tourism” Became a Dirty Word

When we think of tourism, we think of people in Bermuda shorts carrying point-and-shoot cameras going to foreign countries just to seek out the same things that they do at home. They eat their hamburgers, ride around on a double decker bus, go to the tacky souvenir shops, and pay way too much for a taxi ride or clichéd trinket. There are plenty of funny comparisons on … Continue reading Traveling and How “Tourism” Became a Dirty Word

Giving Memorable Gifts that Benefit the Community

We’ve been doing a lot of thinking about holiday gifts and realized two things: Most of us don’t even really remember what we got last year. Going to the mall, fighting through crowds to buy gifts benefits big box retailers but not necessarily our local communities. It’s been a tough year for everyone. We don’t want to waste money on things that won’t last and … Continue reading Giving Memorable Gifts that Benefit the Community

On Following your Heart and Passions

It’s been a few months since Steve Jobs passed, but his words still resonate deeply with us and inform what we do every day at Vayable. So many people opt out of doing what they’re passionate about in favor of a career that provides more stability and follows a set path. There are so many things like food, art, and humanities that are difficult to monetize in … Continue reading On Following your Heart and Passions