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Escape Worldwide is a member of the Global Travel Group (membership number S2264). The Global Travel Group is one of the UK’s largest networks of independent travel agents, with almost 1000 agencies across the Country. Unlike many nationwide High Street travel agents, members of the Global Travel Group are independently owned and run, yet benefit from being a part of a large organisation in many ways – we’re able to negotiate the best prices on holidays with all leading travel companies, and able to pass this on to our customers.

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About Escape Worldwide

Escape Worldwide is an independent travel agent that specialises in longhaul holidays - our basic principal is to visit the destinations we feature to get to know them in person, so we can share our knowledge and passion with you - it's a tough job, but someone's got to do it!

We’re based in Wanstead, East London - why not pop in and see us to discuss your travel plans if you’re in the area!

Meet the team . . .

About Escape Worldwide - Karen

Karen in Sri Lanka

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Karen’s top beer tip:

It has to be a Tusker beer sitting around an open fire at a camp on the Masai Mara - just unbeatable!


About Escape Worldwide - meet the team

Karen has worked at Escape Worldwide for around 12 years, and has seen much of the world in that time. She loves the Far East but has also travelled to the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean.

Favourite locations:

- Angkor Wat in Cambodia - the temples are incredible and so atmospheric, its such an amazing site and not too difficult to get to.

- The Taj Mahal in India - it's just as beautiful and intricate as you'd imagine, and the tales of love are really moving.

Favourite hotels:

- The Ashnil Mara Camp on the Masai Mara - a beautiful camp in the heart of the Mara, with a superb fire pit that's perfect for a post-game drive beer!

- Movenpick Aswan, Egypt - on its own island in the middle of the Nile and overlooking the town, I love the little boat that takes you to the mainland!

Favourite experiences:

- I love being on safari, and there's nowhere quite like the Masai Mara for sheer diversity of wildlife - each time I go it's different, and fantastic!

- Attempting to learn to dive in the Red Sea - not being a natural in the water I didn't quite master it, but the colours of the fish and the coral made the effort worthwhile!

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Mark started Escape Worldwide in 2002 with Darren - he's been travelling since he left school, over 25 years ago! Mark wins the 'how many countries have you visited' game in the office.

Favourite locations:

- Stone Town, Zanzibar - wandering through the narrow lanes of this ancient town really conjures up an exotic atmosphere - the spices I've bought here are great too!

- Stellenbosch, South Africa - the heart of South Africa's winelands, relaxing with a chilled glass (or bottle, or two) of Chenin Blanc. Heaven!

Favourite hotels:

- Raffles Hotel Singapore - the first longhaul place I ever visited was Singapore and I stayed in a hostel near Raffles. I was lucky enough to stay in the hotel itself nearly 20 years later, and it really lived up to my expectations!

- Saratoga Hotel, Havana - a classic old Cuban hotel with all the trimmings, overlooking the grand Capitolio Building. A mojito at the bar can't be beaten!

Favourite experiences:

- A helicopter trip over the Volcano National Park, Hawaii, seeing the bubbling lava heading towards the Pacific Ocean - I didn't opt for the 'doors off' chopper, though!

- Watching the monks collecting alms early in the morning in Luang Prabang, Laos - one of the most fascinating things to witness, as the whole town comes out to offer food.

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Mark in Hawaii

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Mark’s top beer tip:

A bottle of Longboard lager at Lulu’s bar, overlooking Waikiki Beach - Hawaii Five-0 style!


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Christine is Escape Worldwide’s newest recruit, but she’s been in the travel industry for ages having spent over 10 years with one of the UK’s biggest travel companies - she’s now bringing her expertise to us!

Favourite locations:

- Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco - I love the buzz here, with great food and shopping, the sea lions are fab and the views are superb!

- Koh Phangan, Thailand - for a real getaway, the islands of Thailand are just perfect and there’s nothing better than a lazy few days on gorgeous Koh Phangan, with picture-postcard beaches and such a relaxed atmosphere.

Favourite hotels:

- The Bellagio, Las Vegas - I’m a huge fan of Vegas and the Bellagio really sums it up to me - extravagant and stylish, and seeing the famous fountains from your own room is just awesome!

- Atlantis The Palm, Dubai - such a fabulous hotel especially for families. I love Dubai and the hotels here are simply unbeatable.

Favourite experiences:

- On my very first trip to Bangkok I did a tuk tuk tour, and it was so memorable, taking in all the temples and markets with a truly local guide

- Trekking in the Horton Plains in Sri Lanka - this is such a beautiful part of a really beautiful island, and despite the early start it was well worth it!

Christine in Thailand

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Christine’s top beer tip:

A cold Singha beer on a hot day in Thailand is just perfect!


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Darren's been at Escape Worldwide since Day One - he’s travelled extensively over the years and has visited most of the longhaul destinations we feature.

Favourite locations:

- The Nile in Upper Egypt - I love how remarkably preserved the history is and how you can picture yourself in a different era!

- Macau, China - possibly the craziest place I've ever been, where Las Vegas meets China, with a bit of Portugal thrown in too!

Favourite hotels:

- Kuramathi Island Resort, Maldives - the most relaxing place I think I've ever stayed, with the best pizzas for lunch!

- The Shore, Phuket - I stayed in a pool villa overlooking the beach, which is probably the best room I've ever stayed in !

Favourite experiences:

- Taking a helicopter ride over Victoria Falls in Zambia, and then walking along the top of the Falls too!

- Cycling along the promenade from Copacabana to Ipanema in Rio De Janeiro - I hadn't been on a bike for years but the setting was incredible!

Darren at the Pyramids

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Darren’s top beer tip:

Bintang beer in a beachside restaurant in Bali, watching the sun set over Seminyak beach!


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Award Winning!
We’re delighted to have scooped several prestigious awards


Escape Worldwide's trade partners

‘Top Asia Agent 2017’

‘Top Asia Agent 2016’

‘Top Online Agent 2016 - Runner Up’

‘Top Asia Agent 2015’

‘Top Asia Agent 2014’
‘Top Asia Agent 2013’

‘Top Asia Agent 2012’
Travel 2

‘Specialist Agent of the Year’


‘Outstanding achievement’

‘Global High Flier’

‘Best increase in Sales’
Global Travel Group

Escape Worldwide's trade partners - The Global Travel Group Escape Worldwide's trade partners Darren & Mark from Escapeworldwide winnign 'Specialist Agent of the Year' with Kuoni's Managing Director Derek Jones and Head of Sales Amanda Darrington Darren & Mark from Escape Worldwide winning 'Best Increase in Sales' at The Global Travel Group Conference, with TGTG's Commercial Director Cherie Richards and TGTG Business Development Manager Carly Charteris Escape Worldwide's trade partners - Gold Medal