Onli Travel is Launching!
It has taken 2 years. It has taken 8 separate prototypes (as shown in the picture above!) It’s taken trips to Nepal, Indianapolis, China, Portland, Vietnam, New York, London, San Francisco, Finland, and Denver. It’s taken the contributions of six designers, four merchandisers, three videographers, two actors, and multiple business partners – from website designers to warehouses, from banks to patent attorneys to customs brokers. It’s taken a lot of my savings as well.
The idea for Onli Travel was born when I had to gate-check my bag on a flight to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in January, and had to wait for 30 minutes on the frigid runway to get it back. The idea of a modular bag that could be split up into sections so that it would fit in tight overhead compartments, and wouldn’t ever have to be checked, seemed like a really good idea then!
I had my doubts after a Memorial Day weekend trip to Vietnam to finalize design and component choices with our sourcing and manufacturing partners. 48 hours in the air for 2 days of intense meetings – all sandwiched in between my other responsibilities – left me wondering if my body or my wallet would give out first!
A heartfelt “Thank You!!” To everyone who has helped and contributed along this journey. It’s taught me a lot about the ecosystem a startup needs to form to bring it’s vision to reality.
But, Onli Travel is launching! Our website went live on December 31, 2018, and we started accepting orders. We will ship by the end of January 2019. We are so excited!
Our vision is simple. We want to enable One Bag Travel, so that you never have to check a bag again! We want travel to be easier and more flexible, with less hassle and stress. We want to provide products that solve your commute problems, your travel challenges, your packing and organization issues, and that delivers you efficiency with elegance – so that you can focus on business, adventure, and fun, rather than overhead space.
We’re excited to be launching. We’d love it if you joined us!