“I discovered On Your Way through a friend’s referral and I was stoked with the service’s idea to solve a problem I used to have. When I lived in Beirut I was begging friends to get me products that would be either unavailable or insanely expensive to buy locally. Now I live in Los Angeles and I’m the one bringing some of the same goods I asked for. It’s a gratifying experience to be on the other side of the exchange. I’m not gonna lie the money does help too! I first traveled with On Your Way in 2016 and have been doing so almost every trip I go back home.”
Marcel, a traveler with On Your Way
When we were just starting On Your Way, we had this concept of multi-dimensional patterns for our business. We wanted to connect the users and the travelers, each benefiting from one another. This was a completely new business model in Lebanon, with no other companies operating in this way.
The vision is that every time someone makes a purchase on our website, they help to reconnect a fellow Lebanese with the homeland.
At first, we weren’t really sure if people were going to sign up as travelers and whether they would trust us or not. We were like a small boat out in the open sea, trying to go with the flow.
Lebanese students from various universities in the US were the first ones to sign up as travelers, and we realized that these were the people we could target and attract easily. But then many other fellow Lebanese started signing up for trips as well. Each of them had their own reasons for traveling to Beirut – business trips, long layovers, summer holidays, etc.
You can crowdfund your trip on our platform and get FREE round trips for anyone going from New York to Lebanon!
To our surprise, we also started getting requests from people living in Beirut but who wanted to visit the US. A personal favorite is the story of the three sisters, one of whom lived in LA and the other two in Beirut. The two Beirutis were eager to go see their LA-based sister but could ill afford the plane ticket… You guess what happened next!
Today, as the number of our customers and orders is growing, we are excited to announce a new opportunity for New York residents and their relatives: are giving out FREE round trips for anyone going from New York to Lebanon. Yes,- we are covering the whole ticket cost. All you need to do is provide us with 2 full suitcases, and our team will be in touch with you and help you throughout the process until the products are handed off in Beirut.
We know that the airfare is sometimes the only obstacle to more frequent traveling and this is exactly what we had in mind when establishing On Your Way.. The vision is that every time someone makes a purchase on our website, they help to reconnect a fellow Lebanese with the homeland.
We think – and we hope – that it is this crowdfunding touch that makes On Your Way stand out from other delivery companies (we’re not naming names!). And who knows, maybe soon you’ll be the one traveling with us!
In a nutshell, we’re still on our journey towards greater opportunities and more awesome stories, but for now, we’ve managed to grow from small fees to free trips to sunny Lebanon.
If you want to travel, we have slots starting from the end of June, so hurry to sign up!