The Backpacking Baby! Little Esme Bayes Got to See the World Thanks to Her Irish Mammy

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The Backpacking Baby! Little Esme Bayes Got to See the World Thanks to Her Irish Mammy


Byline: Sean Dunne

FOR most babies, travel doesn't get much more exotic than being pushed round the local park in a pram but for one Irish baby, her first months were spent as a backpacker.

At the age of ten weeks, baby Esme Bayes set off with her Irish passport on a global adventure which included backpacking across Southeast Asian countries with her parents.

The child's mother Karen Edwards, 31, is originally from Dublin but now lives in the UK with her partner Shaun Bayes.

The Dublin woman works as a nurse for the NHS, and chose to spend most of her maternity leave on the worldwide trip after deciding she did not want to let motherhood put an end to her love of overseas travel.

So, despite Ms Edwards's family thinking she was 'completely nuts', the jetsetting couple put their home in London up for rent, sold their car and - having got Esme her own passport, of course - set off on the trip of a life time.

Speaking to the Irish Daily Mail, Ms Edwards said: 'I think we've made her quite a reckless baby - she likes to be outside and seeing different things now.' Their travels began with a two-week trip last year to Dublin where Ms Edwards's parents were first introduced to Esme.

While there, the family also visited the west coast before jetting to New Zealand. They spent eight months in New Zealand, staying with her partner's family and travelling around extensively. Ms Edwards said: 'We spent seven weeks backpacking in Australia, Bali, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Our route was planned in advance and very carefully planned to avoid countries that are high risk for diseases such as malaria.' The Dublin woman admitted that travelling with a baby was sometimes hard. 'Sometimes it was a bit challenging trying to mind ourselves and the baby. We had two pieces of hand luggage - a bag of toys and a nappy bag.

'We stayed in budget hotels and log cabins, and flew back to London from Hong Kong.

The main issue they faced was all being in one room together when Esme needed to sleep - which meant she and her partner sometimes had to 'hide' from her by lying down on the floor in cramped hotel rooms so Esme could not see them.

Ms Edwards said: 'Sometimes the social aspects were also hard as we obviously had no babysitter but she was a very good baby. …

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