In eight months, Candida Louis embarked on an epic solo motorcycle ride from India to Australia. She passed through nine countries, covering over 27,500 kilometres on a Bajaj Dominar motorcycle she named ‘Skye.’ She captured her journey using a tripod, a digital camera, three GoPro cameras and a drone.
“I also met several bikers, clubs, friends and overlanders during my journey and I would mount my camera on their bikes to get shots from different angles. It took a lot of effort in capturing all the footage so that the story can be told in a more compelling manner. Instead of the ride taking four months, I took eights months on the road and six months of riding.” 
A Gift That Changed her Life
She was gifted a motorcycle from her father back in 2016 for her birthday. This sparked a passion that resulted in her leading more than 34 customised biking group tours, within India and internationally, covering as many as 14 countries and five continents. Known within the internationally motorcycle community for her adventures, Candida was selected for the ‘Change your World’ travel project. It is a non-profit organisation set up in the memory of the late Alistair Farland. He was the Australian biker that died in a road accident in North America, during his world-tour in 2014. The project aims to fund and support wayfarers like Alistair whose travels are much more than just individual goals.
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I just completed the 3rd leg of the #DominarAustralasianOdyssey here in Bali. After riding through 9 Countries and some 21,500kms… Skye is on a container ship on the way to Perth and will take 3 to 4 weeks to get there. This is the longest time I’ve been away from Skye. But I know many adventures await us on the fourth leg of this journey, as we ride across Australia… So stay tuned for more travel stories from 2019. Untill then I’m gonna be posting all the pictures and videos I missed to post along the way and it’s family time now 😊 PS : the route is not accurate… But shows most of the places covered. Motorcycle : @Bajajdominar Luggage and accessory : @bikenbiker @OverlandExpo #changeyourworldfund #alistairfarlandtribute #Indiaonamotorcycle #thebikerni #moto #instagram #motorcycle #biker #bikersofinstagram #bikergirl #motorcycletales #travel #wander #trending #mountains #womenoverlandingtheworld #trending #bikerchicksofinstagram #girlpower #instadaily #Instapic #indian #indianblogger #route #journey #southeastasia
Solo Travel is Empowering
Travelling the world has given Candida many valuable lessons in life. “You can empower women by teaching them to be literate, financially secure or by teaching them about their rights. But personally, travel is the best way to do so, because it teaches you about different cultures, people and ideas through first-hand experience,” said Candida.  Solo travel can be a daunting, yet exhilarating experience. It is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
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Exactly a year ago, today, was when I reached Sydney… all the way from Bangalore on my motorcycle. So much has changed in the last 12 months. Even though travelling on Skye continued to be a major part of my life and we went on short trips, the journey that led me to Australia remains to hold a special place in my heart. With the tough times that our world is going through right now, it makes me immensely grateful to have experienced that 8 month long journey. And what these changing times have taught me, is that we ought to be thankful for everything in life. 🌍❤️🌻 @OverlandExpo Motorcycle : @Bajajdominar Luggage and accessory : @bikenbiker Riding gear @rynoxgears #australia #india #alistairfarlandtribute #Indiaonamotorcycle 📸 @varunchitti @hippiechick_lk #motorcycle #biker #bikersofinstagram #bikergirl #motorcycletales #travel #wander #trending #sydneyharbourbridge #sydney #womenoverlandingtheworld #DominarAustralasianOdyssey #instadaily #Instapic #indian #indianblogger #moto #discover #instagram #justonething #bumbleindia #thisbrowngirl #thebikerni #fortheride
“I rode for seven months in India alone, and being out there has changed my whole perspective of how people are. It is safe if you know how to handle situations and travel with care,” she explains. Her only advice to fellow women riders? “Don’t be afraid of the unknown. Take the first step and everything will follow.” Great advice Candida!