Things You Didn’t Know About 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. Noraly is very active on social media, so if you want to travel the world like she does, check out her itchy boots channel on YouTube!
Here, Noraly shares some of her best travel advice and a bit about herself.
Her Adventures | Noraly Schoenmaker

Meet & Greet – Noraly Schoenmaker

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.
Her Adventures | Noraly Schoenmaker travel tips

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from your travels 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?
Her Adventures | Noraly Schoenmaker traveler

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 Schoenmaker at her website, and on social media. Don’t miss out on all the fantastic episodes on her itchy boots channel on YouTube! You can also connect with Noraly in the Her Adventures Community (along with tens of thousands of other amazing ladies!).
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7 thoughts on “Things You Didn’t Know About 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??????

  5. I am not able to find your email ???? Since you are already in BC ….. they are basically two roads to get into Alaska … strongly suggest to take Cassiar Hwy …. begin in Kitwanga(nice nativ pyramid shape fort …. go to old Cassiar Asbestos Mine from the mill follow river bed for 5 km, quite difficult & after Find on right site old road .druve 1/2 The way into Mountains & you.will see entire Valley with Old Town site . Only Church is standing .. when you make in Yukon …. from Dawson City take ferry & drive Top of the World Hwy all the way to Fairbanks on CND side of it it is all paved but after Customs mostly dirt road , I was there at least 5 times, last time 2 years ago … I could not cross into Alaska, course COVID … almost forgot Watson Lake take off to much nicer “Lake road” towardS Riss River, Mayo, it was huge nickel & silver mine, now gov is doing recultivation etc … typical scheme …. company pillaged & went into bancruosy & join at Carmichael(first Serious gas station 500km) main Hwy to Dawson city … Ross River has officially one too, but I’ve seen it opened only once during my three trips …. I would buy one more jerry can …. especially if you go all the way to Pruedho Bay

  6. how on earth does Noraly get the fund to travel the whole world? II have been to 40 countries and it is not easy. how does one get pay on YouTube anyway? I do not know how it works

    1. I am a great fan of Noraly. She is extremely kind woman. She treated all the local people she met with courtesy. Lived in the shacks with the native people without any negative comments. Her journey through West Africa exposed the bad roads in that region. As a Nigerian born resident in the United States, I was shocked to see the extent of the bad roads in West Africa… especially Nigeria. I admire your courage and tenacity. God bless you.

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