This nurse in London decided that instead of using her maternity leave to get used to having a baby, she would just travel instead.
But don’t worry, she didn’t just drop her baby off and run. She decided to bring the baby with her! Over her year long adventure into parenthood, Karen Edwards took her newborn into many different countries that included Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. They were gone from November of 2014 until September of 2015.
The new mom took only 10 weeks to get used to having the baby before they departed on their grand maternity leave adventure. Karen got one full year, 52 weeks for maternity leave, and put it to really good use! Karen decided that 10 weeks was enough to get settled into motherhood and get the second round of vaccinations for their baby girl, Esmé.
Karen and her husband Shaun could probably be labeled as professional travelers. They have been traveling since they met. Karen has loved to travel for as long as she can remember, and made it her personal mission to see as much of the world as she could after she graduated from college with her nursing degree.
Although she sometimes travels alone, usually she does her traveling with her husband, and now their new baby. They were able to take this trip based on the amount of money she received during her maternity leave from her job, and by her husband picking up various landscaping jobs wherever they are staying for extra money. The goal is to get Esmé used to traveling, so that they can continue to travel as she grows up, and incorporate her into their way of life – which is to travel.
Because of this brave mom, other moms are feeling braver to travel with their babies as well. Karen even saw a post on Instagram of a mother holding up her baby in an airport, claiming that she had been inspired by Karen proving that you don’t have to give up traveling just because you have a baby.
What a cool idea! Here’s all the magic dust she sprinkles to make it happen in this video