When monotony itches the soul the best is put to your boots on and travel the world

December 20, 2018 14 Comments

When monotony itches the soul the best is put to your boots on and travel the world

We are always looking for great and inspiring stories from motorcycle adventurers from all over the world. When we discover Noraly Schoenmaker aka Itchy Boots on Instagram we fall in love by her story. She's a 31-year old, Dutch, solo-female traveler currently on a mission to travel the world, preferably on a motorbike! 

We challenge her to write an article about her life changing decision and once 2019 is about to arrive this will be a great article to push you to go further in living your dreams! Enjoy. 

When monotony itches the soul the best is to put your boots on and travel the world

Written by Noraly Schoenmaker aka Itchy Boots

2018 is rapidly coming to an end. Looking back, this year marks a major life-change for me. 

I quit my high-income job, sold all my stuff (including my beloved Ducati Monster 796 - which was the only sad thing) and went off to travel full-time and live on the road. 

That’s right. I gave up my entire life in Holland to live an adventurous (and slightly insane) life full of insecurities and challenges!  

Without any masterplan or clue what I was really going to do, I just booked a flight to India. I traveled around the Himalayan mountains for a couple of weeks before I decided it would be fun to rent a motorbike there. 

It was the start of something beautiful. Wow, that sounds like a movie.

After that little rental episode in the Himalayan mountains, I came to the conclusion I could not live without owning a motorbike. I left straight for Delhi and ordered a brand-new, Royal Enfield Himalayan. 

I was going to combine my two biggest passions in life: travel and motorbikes. To be frank, it was a tad bit disappointing that it took me that long to figure this out. Travel was not new to me, I had been traveling all over the world by myself before. But always taking local transportation and never, ever, by motorbike. I had been blind this entire time! 

But coming from a Ducati Monster and going to a RE Himalayan may seem like a bit of a downgrade. It is. But I figured that Royal Enfield was the perfect choice in India and I wanted to explore the small roads. The rocky, sandy and potholed trails, the off-the-beaten-track where nobody explores. 

Having a dirt-bike to your disposal with panniers and enough space to bring your life possessions (which aren’t that many after you sold everything) with you is then the perfect solution. 

Only after placing the order for the motorbike, I started thinking about what I was going to do with it. An idea popped in my head: let’s ride the bike to Malaysia! Riding straight from Delhi to India’s North Eastern States, into Myanmar, on to Thailand and then south to Malaysia. 

Great plan. Not easy though. I spend a full month in Delhi waiting for paperworks and ticking off a daunting list of requirements to get the bike across these borders. 

Now closing in on the first 5000 kilometers riding this majestic beast across India- all I can say is: let 2019 begin! Because I have even more epic plans to take my bike across ‘the Stans’ (Uzebekistan, Khazachstan, Tajikistan and some other places that end with ‘stan’) after reaching Malaysia. 

2019 will mark a full year of traveling around the world by motorbike and I can’t wait. (Disclaimer: that is, if my bike will not fall apart in the meantime. Although I’m carrying pretty much half a bike worth’s in spare parts with me - I might be asking a bit too much from this sweet little motorbike). 

We would like to publicly thank Noraly for her time (especially being on the run in India!). We wish you the very best for your adventures in 2019. Our doors will always be opened for you! Keep inspiring people! Have fun. Enjoy life.

Follow the project Itchy Boots at InstagramFacebook and Youtube.





14 Responses

John Karsai
John Karsai

September 16, 2019

Hi Noraly.
Earlier this summer I was recuperating after having a new knee installed when I found your YouTube channel. I’d passed on my last motorcycle to my son as I figured I’d be giving up the pastime (for the third time) . Your videos renewed my interest and my new Himalayan was delivered about the same time you received Dhanno. So apparently at 68, I’m not quite ready to stop riding. I’ll not be doing any ‘round the world trips, but it’s good to be on two wheels again and eastern Ontario has some lovely areas to explore. Thanks for the inspiration!

Hrvoje
Hrvoje

September 13, 2019

Hi Noraly,

I really like your videos with positive attitude, courage and style. I congratulate you on bravely following a life dream. Have a pleasant and safe journeys. All the best from Hrvoje on Yamaha t-max 530, Split, Croatia

PETER KUBENA
PETER KUBENA

September 03, 2019

Notably Noraly you are the best!
I love your videos!
When in Colorado Rockies you have a place to stay!
Cheers,
Peter and Jana

Sailendra
Sailendra

August 31, 2019

Hi Normally , I discovered your videos yesterday, and have greatly enjoyed seeing the world in your glorious company.
We mostly see bad news in the mainstream media , with politicians demonizing entire countries , and cultures. You have demonstrated that most people are kind and helpful , even if they are not wealthy. It renews my faith in humanity.
Please keep up the good work, you are a messenger of peace and goodwill, may you keep travelling across the continents, and share your experiences with all your countless admirers 🙂

Tansu
Tansu

August 24, 2019

I came across your channel about two months ago and since then I started watching many of your episodes. Frankly speaking, it looks incredible that you completed more than halfway around the world safely without getting robbed or your belongings stolen. Is it really like that or did you just took out those parts?

Tansu
Tansu

August 24, 2019

I came across your channel about two months ago and since then I started watching many of your episodes. Frankly speaking, it looks incredible that you completed more than halfway around the world safely without getting robbed or your belongings stolen. Is it really like that or did you just took out those parts?

massimo massai
massimo massai

August 23, 2019

Buona strada, coraggiosa Noraly.

Murat
Murat

August 15, 2019

Hi Noraly! Greetings from Turkey. I recently discovered your channel in YouTube, and have been watching your episodes with excitement. What you are doing is very inspiring. You have a very good spirit. Thank you for sharing with us.
I wished you came to Black Sea region of Turkey.
Travel safe,
Best wishes.

Roland Schmid
Roland Schmid

August 11, 2019

Hi noraly! I am roland from germany. I love watching your fantastic videos. It took me only 2 days to watch all of them! It feels like i am sitting on your sozius and go with you throug all this countrys! I have an enfield india 5oo bullet since almost 30 years. You are such an lovely and sympatic person! Keep on riding and take good care of you

Shekeb
Shekeb

August 10, 2019

Hi Noraly I just found your YouTube channel I love it .
You are a brave girl travelling all those countries . I’m from Afghanistan I really feel sorry that you couldn’t cross to my country I hope one day the peace will come to Afghanistan and you can come to visit those beautiful mountains

Robert Paradis
Robert Paradis

August 03, 2019

Hi Noraly !

I’m very lucky, watching your journey is like travelling across the world while living your adventures.

Your spirit is outstanding, one of a kind. Thanks for your involvement in sharing it all ! Wow ! Robert

Gary
Gary

June 08, 2019

Your adventures are very inspiring. I too had an Enfield Bullet and a Jawa motor bike when I was in India; here in USA I ride a Yamaha v star Silverado 1100cc. Your videos show a very positive outlook. You must have had your fair share of bad experiences as well but you don’t talk about those :) – why not?
Keep riding and stay safe.

Hans Oor
Hans Oor

May 29, 2019

Hi Noraly,
Just found your Youtube channel and got hooked! Binged watched all the episodes and can’t wait for the next one!
I was born in Rotterdam, moved to the USA at age 2 and have been in California for the past 58 yrs……yeah, I’m old.
If I were younger and had the resources I would love to go on an adventure like that. You are an incredible young woman! Be safe out there and good travels! Oh yeah, I just bought a 2019 Royal Enfield Interceptor….been without a bike for too long! Zeker reizen!

Shahrul Saad
Shahrul Saad

May 08, 2019

Hi Noraly! I’m from Malaysia. I just noticed that you’ve been in my country last February 2019. I really inspired with the journey and of course, your Basanti. Keep on updating your destination and great activities. Have a pleasant trip and safe ride!.

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