Candida Louis, a 28-year-old, Bengaluru-based biker is on a mission to educate the world about the importance of travel. Her driving force is to help women feel empowered at the idea of solo-travel, especially women of the semi-urban and rural area. She wants to set an example by doing what is commonly thought unsafe by most women. Also Read - Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah: Dayaben is Missed on Sets, Nattu Kaka Speaks About Disha Vakani's Return
Louis says her final destination is Sydney. And that she has the full route mapped out in her head leading to her ultimate destination. This is what the trajectory of her road journey looks like: in the first leg of her journey, she will cover the East Coast of India and head towards North East where she will ride across Manipur to Myanmar – Thailand – Laos – Vietnam – Cambodia – Thailand – Malaysia – Singapore – Indonesia. She will be doing two island hops, one from Malaysia to Indonesia, and the other from Timor to Darwin. On the final leg, she will ride from Darwin up to Sydney.
She calls her Bajaj Dominar motorcycle ‘Skye’ and is thoroughly optimistic about learning new cultures along the way through a first-hand experience.
After quitting her job as a finance professional three years ago, she’s been pursuing her dream as a full-time motorcycle tour designer and guide. Her overseas motorcycle expeditions include countries such as South Africa, Swaziland, Indonesia, Cambodia, USA and Australia. She has also covered the Khardung La Pass (one of the highest motorable roads in the world) and Gurez on the India-Pakistan border. Now, that’s some hard-core mettle there!
Having started on the 25th of August, Candida says it’s not the difficult terrains that bother her, but the paperwork that she has to handle while crossing borders: “I find Myanmar and Thailand the most challenging, as there is so much of paperwork involved.”
However, the effort she’s put into helping travellers widen their horizon across the globe is commendable. More power to women like her. More power to Candida!