Meet The Mom Who Spent Maternity Leave Exploring The World With Husband And 10-Month-Old Baby

Jealous would be an understatement.

Most women choose to spend their maternity leave at home, but for Karen Edwards, her time away from work was the perfect opportunity to pack one singular backpack and explore the world with her husband and newborn baby.

The 31-year-old, alongside partner Shaun Bayes and baby Esmé, who was just 10-months-old, decided to sell their car, put their London house up for rent and head off on the adventure of a lifetime.

The pair, who were already experienced backpackers, were told that they were “completely nuts by Karen’s family when they found out what she was planning, but the trio were not be to put off.

So the day has arrived! The start of a 7 week adventure. One ten-month old baby, two adults, one backpack (supposedly),…

Posted by Travel Mad Mum on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I am so glad the erupting volcano did not stop us from getting to Bali. The sporadic spews of ash over the last week had…

Posted by Travel Mad Mum on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I feel I need to explain this picture. … We were having a family photo. .. Monkey was on dad because he had a…

Posted by Travel Mad Mum on Thursday, July 23, 2015

“Both Shaun and I were keen backbackers before I fell pregnant and everyone thought we were completely nuts when we said that we were going to take Esmé when she arrived.”

Very sad to be leaving Ubud today. Nestled in the heart of Bali's jungle it has so much to discover and explore. It is a…

Posted by Travel Mad Mum on Sunday, July 26, 2015

Good morning Nusa Lemongan! 45 minutes by fast boat south east of Bali, it is renowned for it's diving, snorkelling and…

Posted by Travel Mad Mum on Monday, July 27, 2015

Beautiful sunset over Mushroom Bay, Nusa Lemongon. Daddy and his girl taking in the sites. Looks perfect but I am…

Posted by Travel Mad Mum on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

“We have no regrets, she got to experience new sights, scenes and smells as she grew and that is incredible.”

This is the view from the steepest cable car ride in the world -Langkawi island, Malaysia. Crazy how baby's seem not to…

Posted by Travel Mad Mum on Sunday, August 2, 2015

Checking out all the stamps in her little passport. Just about to board flight 5 of 9 in 7 weeks! It has been raining…

Posted by Travel Mad Mum on Friday, August 7, 2015

Karen has now set up her own blog, Travel Mad Mum, to give new parents advice about travelling the world with their little ones.

And no doubt she will continue to pick up many more tips when she resumes her travels with little Esmé, who is now 17-months-old.