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.