Catch Our Travel Bug was created by us, Tim and Sharyn Nilsen, to share our passion for independent, budget travel. We have been travelling on and off for 24 years and have spent over 13 years on the road in total. We’ve touched down in 135 plus countries and travelled by almost every mode of transport possible. We usually travel by ourselves because we believe it gets us closer to the places we visit and the people who live there. We do sometimes go with a group (as with our recent 9 month trip on an Overland truck in Africa) if it makes our journey cheaper and safer but still embraces the spirit of adventure.
One of out last big trips, riding bicycles across Australia, was inspired by a number of cyclists we met whilst travelling across Central Asia following the Silk Route. Physically, it was our greatest challenge yet, and the achievement has laid out a whole new spectrum of opportunities for future travels! We’ve since cycled from the Arctic circle to Budapest, spent 4 months learning how to sail in the Caribbean, toured Sri Lanka and Oman, and cycled the Northern Tier and parts of the West Coast of the USA.
When we’re not travelling we hang out in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. You can stay up to date on what’s happening there through our new website Ho Chi Minh City Highlights.
In sharing our experience we hope to help others in their own journeys and inspire everyone to get out and explore some of the places we visit for themselves.