It’s a cliché but starting your own business really is a rollercoaster. One moment you feel like you’re going to take over the world and the next you’re dreaming of a stable salary! Having said that – we haven’t once regretted our decision to quit our jobs and start Escape the City. The satisfaction of building something you passionately care about is great… but what really makes it worthwhile is when we receive messages like these… it really fires us on. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to send us a message – they really make our day!

See all feedback here.

“Your website is the perfect solution to the dreariest winter days in London.” Jessica

Thank you very much for everything you are doing. Your work with is extremely inspiring and helpful! If I could be of any help do not hesitate to ask! Jose

I just wanted to thank you for helping me to escape.  I have just left KPMG and got a job in the social enterprise sector with Social Finance.  I am so grateful for the site and keep up the good work! Peter

What a great idea ‘escape the city’ is I have just spent some time on your website and it is really very impressive, well done on the idea and for making the site so inspiring yet clear and functional. I would be honoured to take part and help drag some of the rat race into the sunshine! Paul

A while ago whilst partaking in some random web networking I happened across a blog about 2 boys cycling from London to Sydney….the link was to something called ‘Escthecity’….i emailed the 2 boys and we discussed life in England, bikes and shared our experiences of Fiji. I emailed the escthecity lot too, and became Hero #26. Like most emails you probably receive nowadays, your idea has caught the minds of so many people, encouraging ‘esc’ing (?), so thoughtful, inspiring and ultimaltey a wake up call to many that there is another life outside what we’re led to believe is right.

A social platform of opportunities, inspiring stories and advice – brilliant! (though I don’t think im receiving the weekly emails…) Stu

I am really impressed with what you guys have achieved – I think we may have started out at about the same time and it has been great to see you grow so fast – great work and well done to you all.  HANNAH

Gosh, there seem to be rather a lot of management consultants desperately escaping that career path!  Congratulations on your website, it’s really informative and an interesting collective topic. RACHEL

Just a quick email to say “thank you” for setting up the website.

I responded to an ad in one of your emails about joining an expedition to trek the Gobi Desert for two months in 2011 ( and have been accepted as a member of the team! It’s hard to think that, had you not set up your website and I not gone to the pub with Rory, I’d have missed out on an opportunity that I should remember for the rest of my life (hopefully for the right reasons!)

So thanks!


A friend told me about your great site and to get in touch with you as it seems we have very aligned philosophies.

Keep up the great work! the site is fab!


I am so excited to have come across your website. I wish I had seen it earlier when I was feeling “trapped” in the City, however will spread the word instead to my friends and ex colleagues who have their eye on the exit signs.


your site is so full of interesting stuff though. its a real distraction. I have to not go there.


your idea has caught the minds of so many people, encouraging ‘esc’ing (?), so thoughtful, inspiring and ultimaltey a wake up call to many that there is another life outside what we’re led to believe is right. A social platform of opportunities, inspiring stories and advice – brilliant!


thought i would just let you know that for some reason escape the city has come up in various random conversations with recently graduated friends and they think the site is GREAT so yayy for you guys!


I checked out your website…looks like a fantastic idea!  Wish I would have had access to a site like this years ago when I first moved to Uganda.


Hi! My name is Gina. I just wanted to tell you that I think what you’re doing is great

Firstly a huge congratulations on what is looking like awesome progress with Escape The City. I’ve been following your progress online for a while now and am so pleased to see that it continues to flourish. Olly

I have just got off the phone to Greg, who is our Operations Director here and he said he has just been introduced to your organisation and is really excited about being able to potentially advertise some opportunities with you – Great news!!! I’m not sure if you remember me getting in contact before, but I LOVED your concept and am really behind it. Since I last checked the website it looks like things have been steaming ahead – So a huge congratulations too! – Kate

Just wanted to say cheers for setting up this website. I have been working for a big financial services firm since I graduated last year and it has got to breaking point. I am tired of going home angry! But your website gives me a lot of hope that people do escape their ulta-dull jobs and find something genuinely exciting. My degree was in politics so I am finalising a new CV and going to find something NEW to do. Have pinned the evening standard article up on my wall as motivation. Keep it up!

Great site by the way – this is the third job I’ve found that is exactly what I’m looking for (although unsuccessful thus far!) – katie

I have to confess I hadn’t been on your website before but think it’s great – hope all is going well for you.   Caroline

I just came accross to your website and I think it is a fantasctic idea… you are translating so much my feelings and of many of my peers.. Mattia

Wish Chicago was a bit closer.  Hope you guys consider coming to the States at some point; you’ve got a friend and a volunteer to help in Chicago!  Huge network to pull from as well. – SAYA

Just to tell you,I recognize myself in ur background and ur will”to escape the City”.

I really appreciate ur idea and ur will to go from the idea to the idea’s realization – Alban

I have just read about Esc the city having seen your Facebook page and I love what you are doing!

The reason I came to Romania 7 years ago straight out of university was because I wanted to escape even entry into the city and do something completely unique and different.

Particularly during a recession, people begin assessing / reassessing their lives and making radical changes, which is something we have observed amongst our candidates, even in Romania, so I really hope your business flourishes.

Just wanted to say I think the website is a great concept; I’ve found a really good job to apply for thanks to your recent newsletter.

By the way, my husband is a ski writer, so your tribe is near and dear to my heart, even though I don’t ski.   Visiting ski resorts is a great way to learn that that the “corporate” world doesn’t matter, in the least bit, when there is something you’re passionate about.

This is really cool and it’s the first time in a really long time that I’ve seen a great new site.


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