Inspired by a backpacking trip to Europe in 2008, Dustin Pankow returned to the states with one major lesson: it wasn’t just about the destinations he was traveling to. It was also about the people he met along the way. It was the locals he met who were able to get him away from the typical tourist destinations and immerse him into the culture and cities that only the locals knew about. It was these experiences with the locals that made his trip incredible.
7 years later, the idea of being able to bring experiences with locals to the masses finally manifested. After meeting two equally passionate travelers, who soon became cofounders, Ryan Fogarty and Max Jordan jumped at the idea and the possibilities a platform like that could have. Shortly after, Wandaroo was created. Serving as a platform for travelers to discover and book activities with locals, it’s created by travelers, for travelers.
We put a lot of thought into our product, followed by a lot passion. We created a product we genuinely want to use whenever and wherever we travel. Our product gives locals the opportunity to earn income by showing off a city they love while giving travelers an opportunity to experience a new destination like they never would have without the help of a local. We believe that by connecting people, we can help create memories and experiences that will last a lifetime.