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Getting A Head Start – This Mother Uses Her Maternity Leave To Take Her Baby On A World Tour

For all you parents out there – what’s the first thing you think of when your child is/was born? The hours of sleep you’ll be losing? The added burden of another miracle mouth to feed? The years to come, filled with joy and heartache, triumphs and tragedies, the undeniable happiness this new life brings into yours, or the many ways in which you will change, but internally and externally. Well, for 31-year-old Karen Edwards, her first thought was a world tour, and taking her newborn Esme along for the journey.

Indeed, when she found out she was pregnant, the “travel mad” mum decided to defy convention and travel the world as her maternity leave. She ended up on a ten month jaunt that left many wondering if she’d lost her mind – especially with a newborn in tow. So, after boxing up their belongings and selling everything they could, Karen and her partner pushed on, taking a then three-month-old Esme with them. You can see the results in the Instagram posts below. Looks like someone is already a frequent flyer, if you catch our drift. All we can say is good for Karen – and Bon Voyage, little Esme.

First Stop – Hong Kong

Traveling With A Tyke Can Be Tough

New Zealand Bound!

That’s One Big Buddah

A Fellow Traveling Mum

Enjoying The Surroundings

Getting Her HippieΒ On

What A Backdrop!

Six countries, eleven flights, countless hotels, log cabins, sun, storms, typhoons, ocean, beaches, snorkelling, surfing, water taxis, ferry's, river cruises, high speed rail trains, hiking, biking, scooter rides, cable cars, rice terraces, marble gorges, waterfalls, forests, jungles, monkeys, kangaroos, emu's, koala bears, snakes, temples, Hindu festivities, buzzing cities, skyscraper viewing platforms, character filled towns, markets, tailors, cobblers, massages, soft play, street food, oodles of amazing restaurants, some of the best food I have ever eaten, a few buckets loads of beer, not so much wine, a few arguments, stressful losing my shit moments as well as some of the most amazing memories of our very young little three person family all contributed to this experience. I don't want to say it is once in a lifetime because I really hope that's not the case. But for now it's time to put on a bra and stop living in hippy colour prints, get out the warmer attire and teach our little girl what it is to live in a house with a normal cot, not a travel cot, well for a while anyway! Feeling excited I will finally get to make a nursery for my her after we sort out the damp in her room πŸ™ˆ. Coming back has been those head in hand moments trying to sort out our home and taking everything out of storage. Just some of the headaches of giving up your place for traveling. This picture is from our the last day of our trip! #travel #travelingwithababy #travelmadmum #adventure #backpacking #instagood #instatravel #picoftheday #instapassport #holiday #jetset #travelgram #wanderlust #wonderlust #familytravel #takethekids #travelwithkids #livingthedream #baby #mumblogger #travelblogger #blogger #hongkong #nexttrip #wanderlustforever

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