About me

Ciao and a very warm welcome to my family travel blog!

My name is Marta, the author of this blog and this is my family:

The learning escapes teamI am an Italian expat in Ireland, a wife, a mother of two amazing children, a lover of travel, food, books, and an avid home exchanger.

I am from Rome, Italy, but for the last ten years, I have been living in Dublin, Ireland. I originally moved here to stay close to my now husband, Philip, and this welcoming city has since become our home. Our two kids were born here: Mr M, also called The Bear (currently 6) and Little Ms E, aka the Rabbit (currently 4).

Learning Escapes is a personal blog about a great passion of mine: independent, culturally interesting, slow family travel.

If you would like to work with me, please get in touch!

The kind of travel I love and how it all started

My first travel experience goes back to childhood family holidays. I am from Rome and one of the great things about growing up in continental Europe is how easy it is to hop in a car and drive from one country to the next.

I still remember how we did it. On an oppressive, hot summer day we would pack up the boot of our car with a tent, a basket of low-tech camping gear (battered tin cups is what stuck to my memory) and the huge amount of books and we would head North, letting curious names of places or main landmark decide our stops.

They were quintessential road trips and I used to enjoy them to no end.

It was independent, budget friendly family travel, a perfect blend of adventure, fun and education, and now that I have children of my own, the kind of experience I most of all wish to share with them.

‘Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire’ – W. B. Yeats

How to use the blog

The blog wants to be a resource for parents interested in trying slow travel with their children and who enjoy crafting their own itineraries wherever they go.  Here you will find:

Family city guides:comprehensive articles about things to do with kids in the various city we have visited

The 5 things series: a collection of shorter articles about the highlight of each city for children

How to guides: with practical advice about travelling with kids (tips about flying with children, packing  lists etc)

Reviews of places, travel products and brands we recommend

We travel often and we add destinations all the time: to be the first to know about new content, sign up to our mailing list (you can use the bar at the top of this page: we do take privacy seriously and your email address will not be shared and only use to send out content updates once a week)

Where I have been so far. This map shows at a glance the countries I have been lucky enough to visit so far.Not all my trips have been recorded on this blog, but each destination has taught me something and is now part of me, which is why no ‘about me’ page would say much about me without them.