Travelling to a new place is very exciting, but sometimes tourists are at a loss as to what places and activities they should try out. They usually rely on guidebooks or organized tours, but are they really more competent in giving advice than people who actually live in that place and know it like the back of their own hand? Vayable offers the rare opportunity for the travellers and citizens to meet and organize the best trip together.
The creators of Vayable are on the mission of preserving the unique local culture and making it accessible to tourists. Unlike big tourists agencies who offer standardized tours, Vayable strives to be the place where people go to organize something unique, fascinating and immersed in local life.
Vayable has two types of users – those who offer trip ideas, and those who want to experience them. The site is the go-between gives space for advertisements and descriptions, secures the payment method and, of course earns some money in the process (3% from the travellers and 15% from the organizers). To make sure the organizers don’t cheat, they get paid 24 hours after the beginning of the experience, so if they don’t show up, the visitor can report that to Vayable and get the money back.
Each ‘experience’ offer features a map with marked location, a price, number of people who could join and a detailed description of the whole idea. Experiences are divided into thematic groups, for example, ‘The Beatles tour’ is in ‘Art & Culture, Urban’ group, while ‘Thrift with your new gay BFF’ is both in ‘Shopping’ and ‘Fashion’. After the experience, the visitors can submit a description which can serve as an advertisement (or a warning) for others.
The visitors can either book the experience, or get in touch with the organizers to receive more information. The most trustworthy organizers have a ‘vouched by Vayable’ stamp on their profiles, and even though there isn’t a point or awards system, it’s easy to see who provides good tours just by reading the comments and descriptions.
Vayable is simply beautiful, all the colourful images invoke the feeling of travel and exploration, but they don’t overwhelm the user, nor cover the important information. Even if one doesn’t have holiday plans, it’s still fascinating to browse and see what kind of tours people can offer, and see the cities shown from a different perspective. It’s professional, but joyful and light and colourful at the same time.
The creators of Vayable see the common tourist industry as something similar to chain restaurants, and they fear that with that approach, there soon might not be any local culture left to experience. That’s why they came up with this site – to let the individual, local and unique approach to sightseeing flourish, and unlike big companies, to facilitate close relationships between the guides and tourists. It may not change the global face of tourism, but it definitely shows that the tourists are not doomed to book standard holidays in artificial paradises that have nothing to do with the real culture and people of the region – on the contrary, they can choose to walk the streets with locals as guides and see places that would never be a part of a ‘normal’ tour plan. What’s also important, doing so helps individual people with great ideas earn money, and can be a beginning of many international friendships .