Travel enthusiast takes her 1-year-old on amazing backpacking adventures

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Karen Edwards was in the middle of her one year of maternity leave when she and her fiance Shaun decided to go on the adventure of a lifetime with their 10-month-old baby daughter, Esmé.

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Travel enthusiast takes her 1-year-old on amazing backpacking adventures
So excited to let you know I have my travel blog up and running. Please check it out at travelmadmum.com This day next week we leave New Zealand to embark on a seven week backpacking trip through SE Asia with our ten-month old girl. Needless to say, many people think we are a wee bit nuts to do so much travelling with a baby. Whilst our friends without children funnily feel the opposite. Classic comments so far include: “So good your not letting your baby rule your life” “My friend can’t even go for lunch but the baby is loosing his …. for a sleep” I guess from my perspective this backpacking trip is going to be quite different to the one I did when I was 25, young single and care free!..I think she will rule it, well a bit anyway!… All I want to try and do is incorporate her into our way of life. We both love travelling and can’t see why we should stop or change our lives. I am confident the different sites, smells and sounds will stimulate all of her senses. She gets stir crazy just as much as I do when we sit around the house for too long so I am sure this can only be good for her. Time is closing in on us, so we are trying desperately to get all three of our belongings for the trip into ONE BACKPACK!! Yes just one. I have to say not one person I have spoke to believes we can manage travelling with one backpack. I really want to prove them wrong (awful personality trait) so I must do it! I have a few tricks up my sleeve which I will share later, not many, so on that note: What are your magical tricks for travelling light and compact?? #travelmadmum #backpacking #travelingwithababy #southeastasia #excited #travel
Checking out all the stamps in her little passport. Just about to board flight 5 of 9 in 7 weeks! It has been raining most days her in Malaysia but at least it was warm. Really so excited for our next stop- Vietnam! We have 24 hours in Ho Chi Minh before we escape the city. Does anyone have any recommendations ? #travel #travelingwithababy #travelmadmum #adventure #backpacking #instagood #instatravel #picoftheday #instapassport #holiday #jetset #travelgram #wanderlust #familytravel #livingthedream #babywearing #baby #mumblogger #langkawi #malaysia #vietnam @ergobaby
So the day has arrived! The start of a 7 week adventure. One ten-month old baby, two adults, one backpack (supposedly), six countries and ten plane journeys.. I have had so many people ask why the hell bother getting everything into one backpack?  Good question.. literally every time I have travelled I have brought clothes I never wore on the trip. The other issue is when you have a baby that decides to have a wobbly it's not ideal to be tied up with several pieces of luggage. I for one, get myself into a tizzy. We are going to be moving around a lot so it needs to be comfortable and stress free. I would be lying if I told you it's been easy to get everything for the three of us into one backpack. We have had to be extremely ruthless and a little resourceful.  For those of you interested in how we did it: 1.We worked on the basis of 5-6 outfits and baby has about ten. 2. We used cloth draw string bags to section our respective belongings. Otherwise if you are looking for one item you will end up pulling the whole pack apart and that would be a right pain in the backside. 3. All products shampoo, SPF, moisturiser etc etc have been decanted into small reusable plastic pouches with a tap. We are considering all products unisex. I don't mind smelling like a man for a few weeks! Haha.. This saved a heap of space. 4. I searched high and low for compact light weight comfortable baby paraphernalia. Keep an eye on travelmadmum.com for reviews of our teeny weeny cot, compact buggy that also holds the car seat, teeny feeding chair and baby carrier.  5. We have brought a vacuum bag. We haven't actually used it yet but we will definitely vacuum pack our warmer clothes once we get to warmer temperatures. That will also give us a bit of space if we want to buy anything along the way. 6. I sabotaged my huge make-up bag by popping eyeshadow out of the larger boxes and making little protective pouches. We do have a couple of other miscellaneous pieces of hand luggage consisting of a bag of toys and a nappy bag. Please feel free to spread the word about this blog with those that might be interested by liking and sharing. #travel #travelmadmum #travelingwithababy #backpacking
I feel I need to explain this picture. ... We were having a family photo. .. Monkey was on dad because he had a banana... Never expected he would jump on the baby ..luckily he was just being friendly .. Too funny of a picture not to share .. Haha.. I can imagine this may horrify some mummy's ... #monkeyforest #bali #ubud #scared #travel #travelmadmum #travelingwithababy #adventure #baby #omg #picoftheday #instagold #instapassport
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 nice place to be with a baby. We visited monkey forest and wandered around beautiful rice terraces hidden behind the bustling streets. The streets are littered with little shops selling colourful dresses, scarves and harem pants (proper mum attire), beautiful home furnishings and much more. So many nice places to eat, it is ridiculously affordable for good food. There is definitely a hippy vibe going on as it is a big hub for yogis. There is an abundance of places to practice. This is the only activity I feel I missed out on because of clingy baby.. As you can see she likes to stay close! Turned out to be quite helpful as not a great place for a buggy. If you are thinking of coming to Bali, I highly recommend Ubud. Now for the next part of our adventure .. Nusa Lembongen Island here we come .. #travel #travelingwithababy #travelmadmum #adventure #backpacking #instagood #instatravel #picoftheday #instapassport #holiday #jetset #travelgram #wanderlust #familytravel #livingthedream #baby #babywearing #bali #ubud #indonesia #jungle
Good morning Nusa Lemongan! 45 minutes by fast boat south east of Bali, it is renowned for it's diving, snorkelling and surfing. It is a much slower pace of life here than the mainland. This morning, we are off on a water taxi to a hopefully good snorkelling spot. Obviously we will be taking turns. Although she looks pretty keen to jump into that inviting crystal clear water. #travel #travelingwithababy #travelmadmum #adventure #backpacking #instagood #instatravel #picoftheday #instapassport #holiday #jetset #travelgram #wanderlust #familytravel #livingthedream #baby #bali #nusalemongan #indonesia #snorkelling
This is the view from the steepest cable car ride in the world -Langkawi island, Malaysia. Crazy how baby's seem not to fear heights. I was definitely feeling an adrenaline rush when the cross winds started blowing, just as we were climbing up a sheer rock face. This island definitely has a totally different vibe from other parts of SE Asian destinations. Beautiful coast line and a place with lots of potential. The easiest way I can explain it is it lacks character, charm and that welcome feeling you get in other places. I think we may have been a bit spoilt in Bali with their help and love for baby's! #travel #travelingwithababy #travelmadmum #adventure #backpacking #instagood #instatravel #picoftheday #instapassport #holiday #jetset #travelgram #wanderlust #familytravel #baby #mumblogger #langkawi #malaysia #cablecar
The sea and the swimming pool- A fast effective antidote for tears or tantrums!! What the hell are we going to do when we get to London ?! #travel #travelingwithababy #travelmadmum #adventure #backpacking #instagood #instatravel #picoftheday #instapassport #holiday #jetset #travelgram #wanderlust #familytravel #livingthedream #baby #mumblogger #swimming #ocean #waterbaby
Not a bad place to have your first ever bike ride... Exploring beautiful Hoi-an #explore #firstbikeride #cycling #bike #travel #travelingwithababy #travelmadmum #adventure #backpacking #instagood #instatravel #picoftheday #instapassport #holiday #jetset #travelgram #wanderlust #familytravel #livingthedream #baby #londonmum #irishmam #mumblogger #hoian #vietnam #babywearing #babywearingwin
Proud of my little water baby. It's been so good having access to a swimming pool most days. Only eleven months old and putting my swimming (splashing) to shame ! #proudmum #waterbaby #watersafety #swimmingpool #swimmer #swim #travel #adventure #travelgram #instatravel #instagold #picoftheday #backpacking #backpacker #instagood #instapassport #jetset #holiday #vacation #familytravel #takethekids #travelwithkids #livingthedream #wonderlust #wanderlust #mum #baby #blogger #mumblogger #travelblogger
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 🙈. 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
Hello British weather! Delight to be back #rain #london #weather #oyster #cozy #babywearing #takethekids #travelmadmum #travelwithkids #travel #ergobaby
It was pouring down with rain but I didn't care ... She was having a photo with The Petronas! #travel #travelingwithababy #travelmadmum #adventure #backpacking #instagood #instatravel #instapassport #holiday #jetset #travelgram #wanderlust #wonderlust #familytravel #takethekids #travelwithkids #livingthedream #baby #mumblogger #travelblogger #blogger #malaysia #travelphotography #kualalumpar #KL #petronas
To this amazing man who has missed UK fathers day because of traveling. Today we will celebrate NZ Father's Day. Thank you for being the most wonderful caring and compassionate father. Our little girl is so luck to have you. I spent 9 months wondering what you would be like as a dad because I found it so hard to imagine. Now I can't imagine you not a dad. You are wonderful 💜💜💜💜. I hope we can make today special for you! #fathersday #dad #bestdad #surfer #kiwi #nz #daughter #bali #travel #travelingwithababy #travelmadmum #adventure #backpacking #instagood #instatravel #instapassport #holiday #jetset #travelgram #wanderlust #wonderlust #familytravel #takethekids #travelwithkids #livingthedream #baby #mumblogger #travelblogger #blogger #tdads
Where to next mum? #travel #travelwithbaby #travelmadmum #adventure #backpacking #instagood #instatravel #instapassport #holiday #jetset #travelgram #wanderlust #wonderlust #familytravel #takethekids #travelwithkids #livingthedream #mumblogger #travelblogger #blogger #funny #picoftheday #earth #globe #atlas
I love the crystal clear water at mushroom bay, Nusa Lembongen.. Little miss having a skinny dip.. Not willing to keep her sun hat on so I tied a napkin around her head from the restaurant 🙊... #travel #travelwithbaby #travelmadmum #adventure #backpacking #instagood #instatravel #instapassport #holiday #jetset #travelgram #wanderlust #wonderlust #familytravel #travelwithkids #livingthedream #mumblogger #waterbaby #mushroombay #sea #swim #naughty #bali #picoftheday #instababy
A lovely morning stroll along the beach on Nusa Lembongon. Sleepy little monkey all tuckered on mama.. #travel #travelwithbaby #travelmadmum #adventure #backpacking #instagood #instatravel #instapassport #holiday #jetset #travelgram #wanderlust #wonderlust #familytravel #travelwithkids #mumblogger #travelblogger #blogger #babywearing #ergobaby #bali #nusalembongon #beach #sea #tropical #morningwalk @ergobaby
Too cute ... #travel #travelwithbaby #travelmadmum #adventure #backpacking #instagood #instatravel #instapassport #holiday #jetset #travelgram #wanderlust #wonderlust #familytravel #travelwithkids #mumblogger #travelblogger #vietnam #hoian #temple
Our last day in New Zealand. #travel #travelwithbaby #travelmadmum #adventure #backpacking #instagood #instatravel #instapassport #holiday #jetset #travelgram #wanderlust #wonderlust #familytravel #travelwithkids #mumblogger #travelblogger #familyphoto #nz #whangaparaoa
Family selfie at the big Buddha in Hong Kong. #travel #adventure #travelgram #instatravel #instagold #backpacking #backpacker #instagood #instapassport #jetset #holiday #vacation #familytravel #takethekids #travelwithkids #livingthedream #wonderlust #wanderlust #mum #baby #blogger #mumblogger #travelblogger #picoftheday #hongkong #bigbuddha
Well this was an interesting walk through monkey forest to say the least... Especially when we had a monkey on the little ones face 🙈 .. See earlier post for the image #travel #adventure #travelgram #instatravel #instagold #backpacking #backpacker #instagood #instapassport #jetset #holiday #vacation #familytravel #takethekids #travelwithkids #livingthedream #wonderlust #wanderlust #mum #baby #blogger #mumblogger #travelblogger #picoftheday #monkeyforest #bali #ubud #babywearing
Having a chat with an Emu! #travel #travelwithbaby #travelmadmum #adventure #backpacking #instagood #instatravel #instapassport #holiday #jetset #travelgram #wanderlust #wonderlust #familytravel #travelwithkids #emu #brisbane #australia #loanpine
When you have one backpack for a three person family clothes are precious! It is therefore mandatory to strip messy little people down for an ice-cream #travel #travelwithbaby #travelmadmum #adventure #backpacking #instagood #instatravel #instapassport #holiday #jetset #travelgram #wanderlust #wonderlust #familytravel #travelwithkids #icecream #taroko #taiwan
Watching movies on the plane ... I can't say all the flights were as easy as that one 😂 #travel #travelwithbaby #travelmadmum #adventure #backpacking #instagood #instatravel #instapassport #holiday #jetset #travelgram #wanderlust #wonderlust #familytravel #travelwithkids #picoftheday #travelthworld #fly
If you are heading to Ubud in Bali and love your luxury I can highly recommend Bissma 8 to hang out for a day..we stumbled upon this place accidentally. You wouldn't think to look at the place it would be child friendly but they were very welcoming. They have a roof top bar, restaurant, yoga studio and beautiful infinity pool that falls into the jungle... They had a yummy BBQ with lots of veggie and meat options . We just chilled at the pool nibbling, drinking beer and cooling down in the pool... The staff loved little lady ..Take me back!!! #travel #travelwithbaby #travelmadmum #adventure #backpacking #instagood #instatravel #instapassport #holiday #jetset #travelgram #wanderlust #wonderlust #familytravel #travelwithkids #picoftheday #traveltheworld #babywearing #flying #welltraveled #bali #ubud #bissma8 #infinitypool #jungle #bliss #bbq
The gorgeous geothermal parks in Rotorua.. That crater shot water all over us seconds after the picture was taken.... Totally soaked!!!.. Luckily it wasn't too hot ... I've been to most of the parks in the area but this one is by far the most unique and stunning 😲 #travel #travelwithbaby #travelmadmum #adventure #backpacking #instagood #instatravel #instapassport #holiday #jetset #travelgram #wanderlust #wonderlust #familytravel #travelwithkids #picoftheday #traveltheworld #mumblogger #travelblogger #blogger #waiotapu #taupo #nz #newzealand #rotorua #geothermal #thermal #amazing #expat
When we were in Brisbane, we got to hang out with the Kangaroos! #travel #travelwithbaby #travelmadmum #adventure #backpacking #instagood #instatravel #instapassport #holiday #jetset #travelgram #wanderlust #wonderlust #familytravel #travelwithkids #picoftheday #traveltheworld #mumblogger #travelblogger #blogger #brisbane #loanpine #kangaroo
Taking in the views over the Hauraki Gulf... Awesome little spot to get 360 views on the hill top in Devenport, Auckland!.. Thanks @lisaa8117 for taking this pic for us 💜💜 #travel #travelwithbaby #travelmadmum #adventure #backpacking #instagood #instadaily #instatravel #igtravel #instapassport #holiday #jetset #travelgram #wanderlust #wonderlust #familytravel #travelwithkids #picoftheday #traveltheworld #mumblogger #tmom #travelblogger #blogger #globaldegree #auckland #mountvictoria #nz #family
The beautiful Huka Fall, NZ. I originally went threee on my first solo backpacking trip aged 22. As much as I loved it I had never imagined i would be back there with my baby and even more to the point having a NZ other half... #travel #travelwithbaby #travelmadmum #adventure #backpacking #instagood #instadaily #instatravel #igtravel #instapassport #holiday #jetset #travelgram #wanderlust #wonderlust #familytravel #travelwithkids #picoftheday #traveltheworld #mumblogger #tmom #blogger #travelblogger #nz #hukafalls #taupo
Aged 11 weeks in Singapore on the roof top of Marina bay sands! Sooo tiny .. Absolutely stunning views of the city and that infinity pool is unreal! #travel #travelwithbaby #travelmadmum #adventure #backpacking #instagood #instadaily #instatravel #igtravel #instapassport #holiday #jetset #travelgram #wanderlust #wonderlust #familytravel #travelwithkids #picoftheday #traveltheworld #mumblogger #tmom #blogger #travelblogger #newborn #marinabaysands #singapore
I loved Taiwan so much .. I can definitely say it's one of those undiscovered places #travel #travelwithbaby #travelmadmum #adventure #backpacking #instagood #instadaily #instatravel #igtravel #instapassport #holiday #jetset #travelgram #wanderlust #wonderlust #familytravel #travelwithkids #picoftheday #traveltheworld #mumblogger #tmom #travelblogger #taiwan
My little angel with her passport just a few weeks old... Only age one she has already been to Ireland, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Taiwan and Hong Kong... Our next trip for February is in the making ... #travel #travelwithbaby #travelmadmum #adventure #backpacking #instagood #instadaily #instatravel #igtravel #instapassport #holiday #jetset #travelgram #wanderlust #wonderlust #familytravel #travelwithkids #picoftheday #traveltheworld #mumblogger #tmom #travelblogger #passport #globaldegree #30Xthirty #globetrotter
So we have finally touched down after a long and gruelling journey to Bangkok!.. None of us are really worthy of a front facial shot as we are all exhausted. Usually when I'm going to write a post, I will jot down one word here and there through the day as a memory jogger for later! As I'm so tired here's how my list goes to give you an idea of our journey: Melt down Wired to the moon Hyper Duracell battery Finally asleep Old man with sleep apnea keeping me awake!!! Cocking his leg up and letting one Wrip ( just because the lights are down does not mean we don't know it's you) Full four seat row.. Wahoooo, oh no wait Esmé taking up at least two and a half seats! Sleeeeeep time now ... Can't wait to explore tomorrow! Thank you for everyone's kind messages, I do endeavour to getting around to respond as soon as I can ! Xxx #travel #travelwithbaby #travelmadmum #adventure #backpacking #instagood #instadaily #instatravel #igtravel #instapassport #holiday #jetset #travelgram #wanderlust #wonderlust #familytravel #travelwithkids #picoftheday #traveltheworld #mumblogger #tmom #travelblogger #blogger #bangkok #thailand
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The trio went on a seven-week trip through Southeast Asia with only one backpack between them.

"Friends thought it was great, family were a little concerned," Karen told INSIDE EDITION.

At 17 months, Esmé has already been to 11 countries including, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bali and Vietnam.

Karen, who is a nurse, was already a travel enthusiast before she had her daughter and has been to more than 50 countries on her own. The mom blogs about traveling with an infant on her website and shares updates on her Instagram.

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The family is already on their next adventure, a three week trip to Thailand, Cambodia and New Zealand.

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