This Mom Used Her Maternity Leave To Travel The World With Her Husband And Baby
They've now been to 17 countries, and the photos are incredible.
Have you always wanted to travel the world with your partner… and 10-week-old baby? Well, you can. Just ask Karen Edwards.
Hailing from London, the 32-year-old nurse used her year-long maternity leave (remember: this is the U.K.) to travel to 10 countries with her partner, Shaun Bayes, as well as their newborn daughter, Esmé.
#throwback to our time in NZ. Esmé is about four and a half months here. We were visiting Rotorua, well known for its amazing geothermal parks. When ever anyone asks me where to go in NZ I always say Rotorua because it's one of my favourite places there. Now that Esmé is getting older I can't wait to take her back. There is an abundance of family activities, adventure and adrenalin, wildlife parks as well as the amazing nature.. !!! @travelmaddad 's home ?✈️? #NZ
As of now, they’ve been to 17 countries, and they continue to add to that list.
“It’s an amazing time for all the family to be together, to get used to being a new family,” Edwards said. “Shaun, her dad, got to spend the year with her just as much as I did, and their bond is just as close.”
And look at that face—Esmé seems to like it!
My #favourite #photo of Esmé on our #travels in beautiful #hoian #vietnam #travel #travelwithbaby #babygapyear #travelmadmum #adventure #backpacking #instagood #instadaily #instatravel #igtravel #instapassport #holiday #jetset #travelgram #wanderlust #wonderlust #familytravel #travelwithkids #picoftheday #traveltheworld #mumblogger #tmom #travelblogger
These days, she even likes helping with the luggage.
Had an amazing few days in Paris staying in @hotelnapoleonparis on a girlie weekend … Just a few mishaps on our first trip without @travelmaddad .. One of which included missing the Eurostar home?… No biggy we are home now and back on the building site … Wahayyy .. Until our next trip which will be our wedding in Ireland ?✈️????
“The overall aim is to inspire like-minded travel loving parents—your travel days do not have to be over,” Edwards writes. “It is all about incorporating your little person into your way of life. You can still do everything, including snorkelling [sic] and diving, but you just take it in turns. I can’t imagine having spent my maternity leave any other way.”
Edwards started her Travel Mad Mum blog in May 2015, when they were about halfway through their 10-month trip, the start of many trips to follow.
And they learned as they went.
For instance, she found Taiwan to be more kid-friendly than she’d imagined.
“Every Metro station has nappy-changing facilities, and they’re so extensive as well,” she said. “They have free wipes, and they have a big sofa where you can sit down and breastfeed, and it’s really, really child-friendly.”
Now, Esmé is 2 years old, and she and her family travel about once a month.
Here are some highlights of their trips.
During their travels, they find time for sand, solo.
Having a fab time in South Africa. We have been visiting safari parks for the last few days. Crazy how happy a little one is in the car when she is distracted by lots of amazing animals. She ordinarily hates the car! We had a very close encounter with a few giraffes this morning which was amazing! We finished our day off with a trip to the coast and had a lovely late lunch sitting in the sand on the beach. The restaurant we went to tries to create a camp type feel, served on tin plates sitting on long wooden benches we were served food that has been cooked on the fire. All the food was incredibly fresh and not to mention delish… . A lovely experience.. We don't want this holiday to end !#lovesouthafrica #visitsouthafrica @visitsouthafrica_uk
As well as together.
And time for surf.
They find time for fun.
They travel on trains…
Absolute mission of a day! Trying to pack for our trip to SA from our moving boxes!.. Last dash to the beauticians to get holiday ready .. I had to get my claws sorted out ?.. Thinking it would be all relaxed once we got in the cab.. Esmé moaned the entire way .. I thought she was being a little shit but then she spewed everywhere!!! Luckily it was only a car sick situation.. I spent my arrival at Heathrow sitting on the ground with a packet of wipes scrubbing the car seat …Currently sweating a bead after chasing her around the airport for the last half an hour.. And of course security was its usual assault course with a kid.. Here's hoping Esmé sleeps all night so we can kick back with a wine and a film.. Who am I kidding ?! On the plus side we are going to South Africa wahoooooo.. Every cloud has a silver lining and all that.. ?✈️?
Last day in Cuba and we've had an incredible time from swimming on a tropical beach to horseback rides through the most beautiful valley with pinnacles of rock covered in greenery! We've stayed in nice hotels and even with a Cuban family for a couple of days .. And of course we've taken a ride in several very cool classic cars. This one in particular Esmé would not get out of!! And yes we've had several tantrum but hey they don't call it terrible twos for nothing…. #love Cuba @theholidayplace
Of course, some days are more challenging than others.
Our visit to Monkey Forest, Bali. This obviously wasn't supposed to happen ? no injuries incurred! I thought we were safe as we weren't carrying bananas. The story behind the picture- we were having a family photo. @travelmaddad was holding a banana and a monkey, little did we know it was going to jump first on my head and then crawl on Esmé! We hadn't even realised the lady had continued to take photos on my phone until we were looking at pictures later! Definitely one to show her when she's older ?
But there’s always opportunities to make new friends.
Up on the blog today – all about meal times with a fussy baby whilst traveling around the world. It includes top tips for parents about feeding whilst away.. I hope it helps.. Link in bio… This pic is of Esmé eating with her bestie @earthmama.nz ? #travel #travelwithbaby #travelmadmum #adventure #backpacking #instagood #instadaily #instatravel #igtravel #instapassport #holiday #jetset #travelgram #wanderlust #wonderlust #familytravel #travelwithkids #picoftheday #traveltheworld #mumblogger #tmom #travelblogger #mealtime #weaning #onthego