Welcome to ‘Travel Mad Mum’. I am Karen Edwards, mum of one little girl, Esmé. Recently, I have been featured in multiple publications worldwide as I spent my maternity leave travelling with Esmé and her dad since she was ten weeks old.

I was brought up in Ireland and very proud to be Irish. I have also been lucky enough to live in both New Zealand and the UK. Since finishing university, I have been on a mission to visit as many countries in the world as possible. In the eight years I have been travelling, I have visited more than sixty countries! I have travelled alone in the past which is an amazing experience. However, it has been lovely to have a partner in crime (Shaun) for many of my travel adventures and now my daughter Esmé as well!

Now this is going to sound selfish but when I realised I was pregnant with little miss (who I love unconditionally) I instantly thought ‘that’s it, travel days are over’. Needless to say that has not been the case so far. How could it ever be? Little Miss was born in London, has a mum from Ireland and a dad from New Zealand (literally the furthest possible place). The gal is destined to travel! I guess you could say Esmé has not had a typical first year of life. She’s been around the world twice and visited twelve counties. Much of these travel expeditions involved backpacking.

As a family, we have been on many other travel expeditions – 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 that 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.

I hope you enjoy the website. Please feel free to contact me with any feedback or information that may be useful for other readers.

Much love,



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