Vinal Desai Burbeck

Vinal, from the Old West Side of Ann Arbor, is Founder & Chief Experience Officer of Wanderlark. She plans customized, unique experiences ranging from budget-friendly girlfriend getaways in the U.S. to luxurious honeymoons in Europe (and everything in between).

What is your proudest moment as a woman?
Conquering my fear of flying solo by quitting my job at Google and embarking on a 50-mile hike to Machu Picchu. That trip was symbolic in many ways; it was the first step on my journey as an entrepreneur and served as proof (to myself) that I could do anything.

What do you do to relax or decompress?
Since I work independently from home (except when I’m at Pastel, of course!) I love going for a walk and feeling the energy of my city. Ideally, the walk will end with good conversation and cocktails at a local restaurant or bar 🙂

What is one thing you would like to learn to do?
Manage my business more efficiently so that I can truly unplug on weekends and vacations.

What is one thing that joining Pastel has changed for you?
I feel way more connected than I did six months ago. I love having a safe space and the confidence that it will be filled with incredible women!

Whether it’s an intimate dinner party or a two-week vacation, I relish the little details and the organization required to make it all come together.