San Francisco is often mentioned as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, and there’s certainly no denying that it has a certain je ne sais quoi that makes it both a captivating and unforgettable place to visit. But just as well known as the city’s landscape, is the city’s thriving tech industry. Tech powerhouse Stanford University is just south of San Francisco and this, coupled with the city’s proximity to Silicon Valley, has made San Francisco a hugely popular base for internet startup companies.
So what better way to explore the beautiful techie paradise of San Francisco than to employ the assistance of a local startup? Vayable is one startup, based in San Francisco, that’s seeking to change the way travelers use guided tours to explore cities.
Instead of offering set tours by professional, in-house tour guides, Vayable provides a platform for travelers to connect with local, independent tour guides at their destination. As San Francisco is Vayable’s home base, the website has a huge amount of tours, or “experiences” as Vayable likes to call them, available in the city.
Because the tours are offered by independent guides the options are almost limitless. One experience, for example, is “Scout for Street Art.” Led by urban enthusiast Russell H, this experience gives visitors unique insight into the street art and urban curiosities of some of San Francisco’s most eclectic neighborhoods. His tours are three hours and cost $37 per person.
Another experience is Samir M’s “Eat like a Local in SF.” This three-hour tour costs $60 and takes travelers on an eating expedition across The Mission, which is San Francisco’s Latino Quarter. Don’t think just because Vayable’s tour guides are independent that it means they don’t know what they’re doing, as Samir M is a sous chef at a restaurant in The Mission and has a true passion for food.
Because of the independent nature of its platform, Vayable cannot be expected to have total quality control over its product offerings. While Vayable does vet its experience providers to a degree, including an interview, there’s still a degree of burden on the consumer to research the experiences before booking. Past clients provide their ratings and reviews of experiences on the Vayable website and these should not be overlooked when planning an excursion. But fear not, because there are a ton of highly acclaimed experiences on the site that are sure to make any visit to San Francisco unforgettable and completely unique.