Thirty-one-year-old nurse Karen Edwards from the U.K. made a bold choice for a first time mother of an infant, using her maternity leave to travel the world with her partner Shaun Bayes, setting out when daughter Esme was just 10 weeks old. The freshly-minted family visited Ireland, Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, documenting their 10 month trip on Instagram and her blog, TravelMadMum. “I guess you could say I have not had your typical maternity leave,” she wrote.
Edwards said that shortly after Esmé’s birth in London, the family sold the car and put up their house for rent. In a conversation with The Mail Online, Edwards discussed the positives and negatives of her travels. Edwards said that Esmé, who was harnessed to her, was very well behaved and got to see the sights and sounds of the world. However, she wondered if her daughter might not have had enough toys to play with, or missed out on socializing with other children. Above all, Edwards is happy that she integrated her baby into her own life by traveling together.
Having returned to London near the end of 2015, Edwards and Bayes are taking off again with Esmé, now 17 months, to travel Thailand, Cambodia and New Zealand.
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