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Chic Peek Takes San Francisco: Vayable's Jamie Wong Shares Her Packing Essentials List (Overpackers Everywhere, Rejoice)

How many times have you checked out another girl's outfit and then mentally "pinned" everything she has on? Guilty as charged! So, instead of standing idly by making mental Pinterest boards, I decided to ask some women I find irresistibly chic to give me a peek into their homes and closets. This week, we hit the road and headed up to the City by the Bay, San Francisco, to visit their arbiters of style.

10 great places that live up to their reputation

Some places get such a build-up that they can't possibly live up to their reputation. Visitors leave having checked off their bucket list, but feeling vaguely unsatisfied. But occasionally a destination delivers big time, says Jamie Wong, founder of Vayable.com, a site connecting visitors to locals who offer insider tours and travel advice. "Even in the hyped up world of travel, some places are truly remarkable," Wong says. She shares some favorites with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY.

Interview with Jamie Wong on IdeaMensch

My first travel experience was when I went to a Native American reservation with my third-grade class. I stayed in the home of a Hopi family. There was no running water, and there weren’t any supermarkets. We picked our own greens for dinner. This immersive backdoor experience became my template for travel.