If you're one of those people who's been bitten by the travel bug, then you know the excitement that comes from getting the opportunity to see a new place. And when you don’t get an opportunity, you make one. This is what drove Rohith Subamanian, a 22-year-old youngster from Chennai, to embark on a riding expedition across Europe – with nothing but his bike and his bags.
This will be a 5-month journey on his Royal Enfield that is expected to cover about 25 countries across Europe.
Growing with Bikes
Rohith Subramanian’s affair with bikes can be traced right back to his childhood. On the very day of his birth, his father, who was in Hubli, came riding all the way down to Chennai to witness his son’s birth and as the family joke goes, that is probably where Rohith’s tryst with motorcycles began.
It doesn’t end there. Rohith has some interesting anecdotes to tell about his introduction to bikes. While regular children are given gifts when they score well in their exams, Rohith’s parents decided to give him his first motorcycle – an RX 135 - when he scored a zero in one of his papers for his 12th standard exam.
A little later, while backpacking across Leh, a friend of his whose workshop he had once worked at, gave him his Royal Enfield for bringing in plenty of sales. Although the bike was initially quite heavy for Rohith to manage, with a little practice, he soon became king of the road and couldn’t get enough of riding an Enfield on such terrain.
Finally, in January last year, Rohith began to start riding for a living. He rode across the whole country of India – covering states and Union Territories, after which he rode on to Southeast Asia, covering another 10 countries there. It was in this very same manner that he decided to explore Europe – on his Royal Enfield.
The Wonder of Europe
For many, travelling to Europe may be seen as a luxury, but Rohith says the only reason it is an ideal destination is because travellers need a single visa to visit about 20 different European countries. Furthermore, the people there accept the backpacking tourist with open arms, so with proper planning, travelling to Europe can be pretty cheap, according to Rohith.
Of course, it would also depend on the type of holiday you are looking to take. If you are willing to live on street food and lodge in cheap hotels, you will not have any trouble. Even crossing the border is pretty simple in Europe, which is a highlight for Rohith because when he was on his Southeast Asia trip, he lost his bike keys on the Vietnamese border and was prohibited from getting them back, thus having to push his bike across a large distance in Cambodia.
What’s his planned route going to be?
Rohith’s journey is expected to take off from Barcelona, after which he will head on to Portugal, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Poland, Austria, Italy and many more. Riding won’t be the only thing Rohith will occupy himself with. He plans on shooting videos to share with his followers on social media as well as meeting a lot of interesting people and enjoying some dangerous yet exhilarating activities before heading back.
His idea behind exploring Europe on the bike stems from the fact that these trips give him a greater sense of self and help him to understand not just himself but other cultures too.