Crossing through Europe all by train. Loco2 a new smart travel concept. But what’s new? What’s the story?
I had an interview with one of the co-founder Anila Babla. I’m always pleased to see fellow entrepreneurs starting of meaningful initiatives.
So here’s the interview with Anila:
What’s Loco2 about (in elevator pitch format: short and pointy)/ What does it offer for the conscious world traveler?
Loco2’s mission is to make booking a train in Europe as easy as booking a flight. We are the first independent, non-rail operator owned company to sell train tickets to destinations in Europe. Our focus is on the customer and creating an intuitive user experience that confounds people’s expectations. We’re always adding to the booking experience – our users can choose their seat on TGV Duplex trains, print selected tickets at home, make multiple ticket purchases at once and see the carbon saved by taking the train instead of flying. And we’re working on more top secret features at the moment. Loco2 offers a simple, green, and adventurous alternative to short-haul flights in Europe.
• What’s your story and how did it emerge into Loco2?
When Kate (co-founder of Loco2) was at university she entered a social innovation competition and was inspired to believe that her idea for Loco2, a “low CO2” travel company, was worth pursuing. But her itchy feet nearly stopped the idea in its tracks as she upped sticks and circumnavigated the world by land and sea for two whole years. Luckily, Jamie kept his feet on dry land and took on the challenge of transforming a fledgling Loco2 into a business.
• What are important values of Loco2?
• Are there already awesome/remarkable anecdotes/stories of travels?
As a team we have own own individual stories of train travel and ‘slow travel’. Kate went around the world by train and by cargo ship, spending a whopping 23 days a sea with 40 Russian sailors; (I,) Anila travelled across India including taking a narrow gauge ‘toy’ train into the Himalayan foothills, to Simla, the former British summer capital in India (and home of several distant relatives!). And Jamie has just returned from an epic adventure to Astrakhan, on the Caspian sea in Russia, where he met long-term Loco2 software engineer, and legend in his own time, Eugene Bolshakov (Eugene has worked for Loco2 since 2010 but this was their first face to face meeting!). We can say first hand that this is our favoured way of travelling – seeing the lay of the land, watching cultures change from your window seat, and engaging with locals and fellow travellers along the way. This is the romance and the fun of train travel, and sharing these experiences is what Loco2 is all about.