About Us

Who are we?
Wedding Anniversary in Agra, India

Wedding Anniversary in Agra, India

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 20 years and have spent over 11 years on the road in total. We’ve touched down in 130 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.

Our second to last big trip, 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 and then spent 4 months learning how to sail in the Caribbean.

We are currently hanging our 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. We’re having a lot of fun while building up our resources and planning for our 2017-2018 escapades.

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.

Hiking Todra Gorge - Morocco

Hiking Todra Gorge – Morocco – 2005

Onsen - IZU Peninsula - Japan 2010

Onsen – IZU Peninsula – Japan 2010

Making new Friends - Negros, Philipines

Making new Friends – Negros, Philipines 2011

Christmas in Rajastan - 2004

Christmas in Rajastan – 2004



7 Responses

  1. Paola e Bruno says:

    Hello Sharyn & Tim from Italy!
    We remember you with love!
    Ciao amici!!!

  2. Michael says:

    I like your website with all the nice photos from many countries that both of you have travelled. I wish that I can do that as well one day.

  3. Fascinating blog, Tim and Sharyn! Thanks for connecting with us on Twitter! Keep up the great work and travel safe!

  4. helen says:

    Amazing experiences. I think I may have caught your bug!

  5. Kerry says:

    Well done Tim & Shazza
    Great site – a fabulous reference point for the travel hungry (and adventurous).

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