“Of course, not everyone I work with hates what they do.”

[Note from us: This was a great email to receive. If you’re inspired by Laura’s plan and would like to connect with her or wish her luck on her cycle and beyond – just leave a comment at the bottom.]

Hi Esc – I have been meaning to email for some time to express my appreciation for what you are doing.

I have followed you from the start: I came to your launch party at Guanabara, signed up for your emails at the very beginning and told everyone I know about your work. I also happen to be one of your investors.

I am a lawyer in the City and am surrounded people who most definitely do not love their jobs. One of my greatest days at work was when my boss, a partner with the firm, handed her notice in. Not because she’s a bad boss –far from it –but because I discovered that she’d secretly attended a number of Esc events which had given her the impetus she needed to take the leap away from the comfortable security which was making her so unhappy. Hearing me bang on about Esc had encouraged her to look you up.

Of course, not everyone I work with hates what they do. Being a lawyer suits some people perfectly, and I would never criticise them for choosing a job which is so intellectually stimulating and financially rewarding.

However, from the first day, I have known it was not for me. Law was a means to an end: a way to gain some high quality training and experience before putting those skills to use in a sphere I feel more passionate about. I would recommend working in the City to anyone, for a short time, to learn how the financial and commercial world works and what makes it tick. The key is realising when you’ve had enough, and being able to walk away.

My plan has always been to escape at some point, and that day has finally come. In six weeks’ time, I leave the City, and shortly after am setting off to cycle around the world. After that, who knows. I am hoping that an opportunity will come up on your job list, but for now I am not worrying: simply basking in the knowledge that I am outta here.

Even though this has always been the plan, the existence of Esc really helped give me the confidence that it is OK to do this. It helped to demonstrate that you can turn away from a life of riches and stresses to find something that will make you happy, it’s not ‘wasting’ your education, being irresponsible or letting your parents down (however much it feels like that sometimes). That has been the most valuable contribution from you guys, so thanks, and long may it continue!

Laura Moss


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  • Will

    Hey Laura,

    Inspiring stuff, I am excited for you! I hope you will consider signing up to couchsurfing before you head off on your adventures, it will help you meet like minded awesome people! I wanted to write this as I recently hosted a guy who had cycled to the UK from South Korea and your plans reminded me of that. Will you be keeping a blog of your travels?

    Will :)

    • Laura Moss

      Hi Will,
      Yes, I am travelling with my husband who runs an adventure blog at http://www.thenextchallenge.org. We’ll keep that updated. Thanks for the recommendation, we’ve used Couch Surfing before and it was brilliant so will definitely sign up again!

  • Jerry

    Safe and adventurous travels, Laura.

  • Lola Askarova

    hey Laura, well done! this reminded me of when a seasoned senior manager, at his retirement celebration, showed us a scene from The Bucket List and essentially told us to not waste a life working our as…s off and instead go and live. he was politely stopped from talking more but his words and passion with which he said it forever stayed with me… good luck!

  • Tomaso Raggi

    Hello Laura, well done and best of luck for your adventure. Just for
    your information, here’s Stefano’s website http://www.rumundu.com/
    (Rumundu means “the world” in Sardinian lingo), he’s just set off for
    his tour. Maybe his experience could be of help?


  • victoria

    Hi Laura
    Great blog, well done on making the leap. Sounds amazing. I would love to do something similar one day. Do you have any tips on how to start planning a cycle trip around the world?