I clearly remember the day when I first thought about it. I had left my apartment in Pune, sold whatever little I owned and was out embracing the life of a Digital Nomad. I was at a backpackers hostel in Varanasi then. I have always been a traveler without any definite plans. I zero in on a place, find out how to reach there and when I reach there I just talk to locals and travelers and make plans on the go. Like any usual evening in a hostel common room, all travelers were gathered having a good time together, sharing their incredible travel experiences. One story, in particular, caught my attention that day. A British guy was traveling across India on a Royal Enfield. Intrigued I asked him " How does he find riding in India?" to which he replied "It's all right, I have been riding in Asia for quite some time now. I just rode across Vietnam."
How I went about my budget Vietnam trip?
I had been planning a Vietnam trip for a long time but riding was a faraway idea. Now when I think about it, I cannot imagine how subtly gender roles are ingrained in Indian females. My first bicycle was the pink, basket adorned, top-tube less, light weight Ladybird which I was told was meant for me while the hunky looking Razorback was meant for my brother (Though I rode it when my brother got my dad's old Bajaj Chetak till the time I was presented with Purple Scooty Pep). I loved my scooter to the core never thought about motorbikes. They were just things meant for boys. Three months later I would find out that was an absolute hogwash.
I was one month into my travels in South East Asia. I had already spent 2 weeks in Cambodia and was two weeks into my Vietnam trip. I needed some direction for my travel. When you have all the choices in the world, it takes a lot to choose a particular way that you want to carry forward. I had two more months in Vietnam and I had a choice to make. I could either take an open bus that would take me to all the famous places or I could buy a Motorbike/scooter and go where ever I wished.