Let’s get one thing straight up front: despite Ms. Coates’ opinion to the contrary, the world IS filled with dangerous places, and she IS mad to travel like she does. If I had to toss out an estimate, I’d say that 75% of people are good, 20% are utterly indifferent and 5% are the ones you don’t want to run across in a dark alley. Still, those are pretty good odds, especially if you have a taste for adventure. If you want to see the world, riding a motorcycle is arguably the best way to do it, and any of BMW’s GS (for Gelände / Strasse, or field and road) bikes would make a superb mount.
The scenery in this video is breathtaking, and you can’t possibly watch it without giving consideration to selling everything your own, buying an adventure tourer and hitting the road. You could work odd jobs for gas money and meals, and you’d be dependent upon no one but yourself. Do it for a few months or a few years, and you’d come away with a whole lot of material for a novel or a TV series (like an updated version of “Then Came Bronson”). Can you say “opportunity”?