Lessons from the road with Dr Eireann Marshall
Wanderlust Travel Magazine|November 2020
A historian and lecturer, Dr Eireann Marshall has spent 20 years guiding in Europe and Africa for Andante Travels. Here, 2019’s Top History & Culture Guide explains how she does it…
Dr Eireann Marshall

You learn more by guiding. I was a poor postgrad when I started guiding, so what was exciting was to get paid to go to Pompeii and these places that I was studying. But what I loved about it is that I learned as much as they did. But as I’ve gotten older, what inspires me is to not just be there as the expert, but to be there with people. It’s more like, “Let’s explore this together.”

Travel’s like going back in time. Because I’m a historian, this is what I love about travel – the convergence between time and distance. When you’re on your own with your group in the Sistine Chapel, it’s like you can hear conclaves, Florentine painters, the people…

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