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Inspiring Biography of Noraly Schoenmaker (Itchy Boots)

Noraly Schoenmaker is a popular adventure rider and YouTuber.

She has 2.14M subscribers on her YouTube channel, ‘Itchy Boots.’


Noraly Schoenmaker was born on 30 June 1987 in the Netherlands.

She hails from Nieuwerkerk, Netherlands and grew up in the Netherlands.

Noraly has a brother.

She wanted to grow up to become a writer.

Born  Noraly Schoenmaker; 30 June 1987, Netherlands. Hails from Nieuwerkerk, Netherlands
EducationMaster of Science (MSc), System Earth Modeling
Occupation  YouTuber
YouTube channel  ‘Itchy Boots’
Years active on YouTube  2018-present
Genre  Travel and adventure
Subscribers  2.14M
Video gearGoPro cameras, DJI drones
MotorcycleHonda CRF300 Rally (nicknamed Alaska)
Net worthUndisclosed
Marital status  Undisclosed
Noraly Schoenmaker information

Wanderlust from a young age-

As a teenager, Noraly used to travel solo by roller skates for around 20 kilometres.

Also, she used to travel by her bicycle through grasslands.


Noraly did her schooling from Calvijn College Rotterdam.

After finishing her schooling in 2005, she joined Utrecht University in Utrecht, Netherlands to study for a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biogeology and she graduated in 2008.

Then, Noraly studied for a Master of Science (MSc) in System Earth Modeling and graduated in 2010 with honours from the same university.

Dropping out of PhD to travel the world-

After completing her MSc, Noraly started studying for a PhD from Utrecht University.

As a part of her PhD, she went to Australia to collect rocks and stayed in the outback for a couple of weeks and shipped the rocks back to the Netherlands.

And then, Noraly decided to travel for three months and later resume her PhD.

So, she travelled across Australia, New Zealand and India.

After a month of staying in India, Noraly decided to drop out of her PhD and keep on travelling the world.

Backpacking across Asia-

After deciding not to continue her PhD, Noraly travelled in India for a bit longer and then backpacked across Asia.

During that time, she stayed in hostels and used public transport like buses and trains to travel.

Working as a waitress-

While travelling in Indonesia, Noraly ran out of money and was only left with €100 and with it she booked a ticket to Australia.

She started working as a waitress in Perth, Australia and at that time, her plan was to resume her travel after earning enough money.

Later, in February 2011, Noraly secured a job as a Graduate Exploration Geologist at Breakaway Resources in Perth and started doing gold exploration in Cloncurry, Queensland.

Quitting her job to travel-

After working for seven months, in August 2011, Noraly quit her job and started backpacking.

She travelled through Asia, Mexico, Central America, South America and East Africa.

Noraly travelled all these regions for a couple of years and then, she was broke again.

Then, she returned to her home country, Netherlands.

At that time, Noraly didn’t have money and house and was jobless and she slept on her friend’s couch for a few weeks.

Working as a geologist-

Luckily, within a few weeks, in January 2013, Noraly secured a job of an Engineering Geologist at Van Oord.

Here, as a part of her work, she worked in various countries like The Bahamas, Jamaica, Kuwait, Australia, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Indonesia and Dubai.

Initially, Noraly travelled even during her leaves and travelled to places like Greenland, Russia (she travelled in the Trans-Siberian Express), Mongolia and Europe.

An interesting fact- Eva zu Beck, a popular female travel YouTuber, also travelled in the Trans-Siberian Express.

In 2015, Noraly was promoted to the position of Project Superintendent and while in this position she worked in Kazakhstan, Uruguay and Brazil.

Travelling full-time-

After working for around five years at Van Oord, Noraly quit her job in July 2018 to travel full-time.

She booked a one-way flight ticket to India and started backpacking in India.

Later, Noraly rented a Royal Enfield motorcycle in Manali, India and rode it for three weeks through mountains and got addicted to motorcycle touring.

So, she purchased a Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycle in Delhi and named it as Basanti.

Later, Noraly rode this motorcycle to Malaysia, Iran, Central Asia, Russia, Caucasus, Balkans and finally to the Netherlands.

This 36,000 kilometre trip lasted for eight months and she traversed through 25 countries.

Then Noraly journeyed across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru.

Then, she travelled across Iceland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway and then, across South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

At the end of 2022, she travelled in Canada and then rode in the United States.

Also read- Inspiring Success Story of Royal Enfield

Her first motorcycle-

Around 2011, while travelling in El Salvador, Noraly rode a dirt bike of an acquaintance.

This was her first experience of riding a bike.

Noraly’s brother has been an avid biker and this passion later rubbed off onto her and so, she purchased a second-hand Ducati Monster 796 motorcycle the same day she received her license in 2015.

She loved riding her Ducati motorcycle.

But after quitting her job in 2018, Noraly sold this motorcycle along with her house to travel full-time.

Later she purchased many motorcycles like a couple of Royal Enfield Himalayans, Honda CB500X (she bought this as a second-hand), Honda CRF250L and Honda CRF300L Rally.

Blogging & YouTubing-

After becoming a full-time traveller in 2018, Noraly started her blog, Itchy Boots, to make a living and she started blogging about her travelling experiences.

She named her blog Itchy Boots after being inspired by the phrase, having itchy feet (the meaning of this phrase is having a strong desire to travel).

Upon riding a motorcycle in India, Noraly realised that she could better capture her travels with videos.

So, she brought a GoPro camera and on 21 November 2018, she started her YouTube channel, ‘Itchy Boots.’

Currently, Noraly focuses more on her YouTube channel rather than her blog.

While travelling, she edits her videos on her MacBook Pro with the Final Cut Pro and uses SSDs to store her videos.

As of January 2024, Noraly has 2.14M subscribers on ‘Itchy Boots’ YouTube channel, 508K followers on Instagram and 693K followers on her Facebook page.

She earns mainly through the ads on her YouTube channel and this funds her travels.

Noraly also sells merchandise and runs Itchy Boots Academy and membership program.

She is also an ambassador for Rev’it!, a motorcycle clothing brand.

Noraly hasn’t revealed her net worth.

Currently, she doesn’t have a Wikipedia page.

Some interesting facts about Noraly-

  • Noraly’s favourite countries are Iran and Argentina.
  • She likes the Andes Mountain range in South America, the Pamir Highway in Central Asia and she also likes Southern Africa.
  • In 2021, Noraly rode through the desert in South Africa for the Kalahari Rally.
  • She donated her Honda CRF250L motorcycle to a private motorcycle museum in Knysna, South Africa.
  • Noraly is a polyglot as she knows English, Dutch, German, Portuguese and Spanish.
  • She nicknamed her motorcycles as Basanti, Dhanno, Ronin, Savannah and Alaska and rode them for more than 110 thousand kilometres solo around the world.
  • Noraly is a fan of Lyndon Poskitt.

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Thursday 1st of February 2024

I love watching your videos Noraly, you show us the real world that travel companies are not keen to show. You show us how people have to live, work and survive, and some of your photography is nothing short of magic. Please keep up the good work and please don't ride so close to the edge of those passes you navigate you give me a heart attack. Can't stop watching your videos, have learnt so much. Love you Bob from down under.


Tuesday 18th of July 2023

Everything you do is amazing, Noraly, very great, thanks!


Tuesday 4th of July 2023

SUA SIMPLICIDADE É CONTAGIANTE....ADORO SEUS VIDEOS...... [English translation- Your Simplicity Is Contagious....I Love Your Videos......].

John Van Deren

Thursday 15th of June 2023

Noraly is a wonderful solo traveler. I’m amazed at her good cheer through her rides in challenging conditions. I really enjoy her narration and her good spirit.

Naveen Reddy

Friday 16th of June 2023

Thanks a lot, John, for sharing your thoughts!

David Kannas

Monday 22nd of May 2023

Noraly is a true world ambassador. I look forward to next thoughtful journey as she meets and explains new people she comes in contact with. She is a true modern day explorer in the best sense.

Naveen Reddy

Monday 22nd of May 2023

Hi David, thanks for sharing your thoughts!