This woman is brave… Meet travel mad mum and the world’s youngest traveller.
Karen Edwards, 31, and her partner Shaun Bayes, from London packing just one backpack between them, travelled the world with their 10-week-old daughter, Esmé.Boarding a plane, the family flew across the world to explore Asia, Australia and New Zealand for 10 months during their time off work.
The family boxed away their belongings, sold their car and put their house in London up for rent – and Shaun left his job as a landscaper. Karen, who is a nurse and grew up in Ireland, said her family thought she ‘was completely nuts’ when she revealed her plans. She said she stored the family’s liquids and lotions in empty baby food pouches to make extra room in the backpack.
Since they first set off, the family have visited Ireland, Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan, and even Hong Kong – with Karen breastfeeding Esme – who was given travel vaccinations before they left the UK and in New Zealand.
Karen, a nurse in the NHS, said they were able to fund the trip, which she estimates costed about £10,000 – thanks to her maternity pay with the NHS, and Shaun doing landscaping work in New Zealand to ‘earn a bit of extra cash’.
She also said that they booked most of the flights months before departing the UK, while both parents were earning a full wage. Karen added that the cost of the trip was made more palatable by the fact that she uses air miles and was giving a BA companion pass, which saved them £2,000.
Karen says they are planning to jet off again next week to travel to Thailand, Cambodia and New Zealand.
‘She was really well behaved and because she was small it was easy enough to keep her in the harness when we were on the move.
‘We have no regrets, she got to experience new sights, scenes and smells as she grew and that is incredible.
Karen has also set up a blog about her travels called Travel Mad Mum and also posts photos on her Instagram account. Writing on her blog she said: ‘As relatively new parents, we have already been on many travel expeditions with our baby: several road trips, long ferry journeys, long and short haul flights, stopovers, camping trips and much more planned for the coming months.
‘It is through these experiences, I want to share factual information, personal stories as well as top tips for travelling with little ones.
‘The overall aim is to inspire like-minded travel loving parents – “your travel days do not have to be over”. It is all about incorporating your little person into your way of life.’
Karen does also admit that travelling with a baby is sometimes hard. The main issues include the family all being in one room together when Esme needs to sleep – as well as having lots of people around them while travelling, and while their daughter is having a tantrum.
Karen also said that not having enough toys around can be a problem, and not being able to enjoy dinner – hurrying in a bid to ‘prevent cranky time’.
Culled from Dailymail UK