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Meet & Greet – Noraly Schoenmaker

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This week’s Meet and Greet is all about Noraly Schoenmaker, solo motorbike adventurer! Noraly is a fantastic writer (I mean have you read some of her articles on our site?!) and all-round awesome woman. Here, Noraly shares some of her best travel advice and a bit about herself.

Noraly, tell us about the thing you do that you’re most proud of (this could be your job, your blog, your hobby, your family, your volunteer work, anything).

I sold everything I owned to travel full-time. I’m now getting the motorbike ready that I bought in India to ride it solo across Asia!

Why are you proud of it? What about it is inspiring to you?

It takes courage to leave everything behind and start a completely new life – all on your own. I did not regret it one second though!

What is your favorite travel tip, piece of advice, or hack?

Don’t let other people project their fear of solo travel on you! You can do this. You own. this.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from travel that you’d like to pass on?

I’ve learned that 99% of the people you’ll meet along the way are GOOD people. I’ve gotten myself in endless tricky situations and there were always people that helped me. Always. From getting stuck at the border between Honduras and El Salvador in the nighttime, to getting lost in Siberia, to getting wheels-deep stuck in mud while riding my motorbike in a remote valley in the Himalayas. Locals always came to my rescue. I think this is important to keep this in mind as so many women are afraid to travel alone. I’ve gotten the question “is it safe to travel to….” so many times and I just want to tell these women: YES! It’s safe. Unless you wander into some war zone or stumble drunk into a ghetto in the middle of the night – you will be fine. After all, you wouldn’t do those things at home either, would you..

Was there a time you ever wanted to quit? How did you deal with that situation, or overcome it?

There was this time when I found myself in the remote mountains of Myanmar, in a small village – with malaria. Nobody there spoke English and I was so sick that at some point I thought: “this is it. I’m going to die alone here. And nobody would even know”. That was one of those moments when I thought: “and why on earth did I wanted to do this??” But I managed to get myself on a bus to a large city – vomiting out of the window for 14 hours straight. I went to the hospital, got treated and got better. It made me realise I can actually really take care of myself. As soon as I felt better – I continued traveling. No quitting travel for me!

What’s your travel style Noraly? How would you describe it?

I have always been a low-budget solo traveler. Roughing it on the cheapest accommodation and the worst public transport services. Quite recently I changed my style though. My love for travel had to start sharing first place on the passion list with riding motorbikes. I dare to say that perhaps I love riding motorbikes even a tiny bit more than traveling. Can you imagine! So I started to travel by motorbike. An entire new world opened up to me, in which I suddenly had to deal with quests to find petrol in remote areas and bad, bad motorbike break-downs. Traveling by motorbike is definitely not low-budget anymore – but in return, I get so much more freedom! Being able to stop whenever and wherever you want and ride into unexplored territory completely by yourself is beyond satisfying.
Thanks so much for sharing, Noraly!
You can find Noraly Schoenmakerat her website and in the Her Adventures Community (along with tens of thousands of other amazing ladies!).
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4 thoughts on “Meet & Greet – Noraly Schoenmaker”

  1. So cool to see Noraly here in the ‘Meet and Greet Monday’. I’ve been following Noraly on Instagram already for a while and I enjoy her adventures a lot!

  2. I’m Really very Impressed .to see the noraly .tour the world on her bike.Specially .i like the talk ing of noraly so nice.the brave girl.

  3. I love riding along with her. I myself worked abroad for eleven years. Visited over 30 countries. Her travels bring back memories of places I have visited. I am American and love to travel. She does a great job filming her journey.

  4. Iam a big fan of Norally… i’m following her from the very first vlog that she started from india.. As im an indian i was so much interested to see how a dutch women manage to travel on a bike that especially in an indian congested roadsand traffics.. but she managed well… i think she become successful only because of her high amount of intention to travel and her great humanity…
    She speak to each person she see like the same, even if they are black, white, indian afghani, american, african or off any nature…
    Thats a great great human quality that none can easily acquire…
    I respect her alot…. i will support her all through… all the best norally.. keep going👍👍👍🙏🙏🙏

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