TRAVELS WITH NINA

is the online portfolio and journal of Australian travel writer Nina Karnikowski.

VALPARAISO BEER TRAIL, CHILE: SMH TRAVELLER

VALPARAISO BEER TRAIL, CHILE: SMH TRAVELLER

If I told you there was a guy who dove to the bottom of the ocean, to retrieve beer bottles from the 1890s, to analyse the 130-year-old remnants so he could replicate that beer exactly, you’d think I was making it up, right? And if I told you that beer nut wasn’t Irish or Australian, […]

Vegan Eateries: Australia.com

Vegan Eateries: Australia.com

Whether for taste, variety, ethics or health, Australians are embracing vegan cuisine like never before. From plant-based pizza and vegan “fish” and chips, to premium degustations and indulgent desserts, these six new dining experiences offer something for everyone. GIGI PIZZERIA, SYDNEY You know veganism is a serious trend when one of Sydney’s most popular pizza […]

WELLINGTON’S COFFEE SCENE, NZ: SMH TRAVELLER

WELLINGTON’S COFFEE SCENE, NZ: SMH TRAVELLER

It’s not until I reach the airport on my way out of Wellington that I realise just how high I am. My hands shake as I fill my bottle at the water fountain; sitting in the lounge I hear the whoomp of my heart furiously pumping blood around my body; I fuss and fidget and […]

FES, MOROCCO: SMH TRAVELLER

FES, MOROCCO: SMH TRAVELLER

Making a booking at Restaurant Numero 7 in Fes, Morocco, is a rather unusual experience. Number of people, they ask? One. Time? 7pm. Guide? Umm, huh? Yep, this eatery is so buried in the labyrinthine Fes El Bali walled medina that most guests need a guide to usher them through the winding alleyways to get […]

SYDNEY’S BEST DESSERTS: MASTERCARD

SYDNEY’S BEST DESSERTS: MASTERCARD

Sometimes you just have to let go of the guilt and indulge in the finer pleasures in life because, well, you only live once! And what better time than when you’re visiting Sydney, a vibrant city filled with hip culinary havens offering amazing desserts? Here’s where to find the most unique, jaw-droppingly delicious sweet bites […]

BEST GLOBAL MEALS: SMH TRAVELLER

BEST GLOBAL MEALS: SMH TRAVELLER

ORKHON VALLEY, MONGOLIA The best things – and meals – in life really are worth the wait. That morning, there in our nomadic encampment in a quiet nook of the western Mongolia’s Orkhon Valley, I’d observed and helped our nomadic hosts corral and milk their horses, then turn the milk into aaruul (dried cheese curd) […]

How nature helps your brain: SBS LIFE

How nature helps your brain: SBS LIFE

Stress levels The fact that nature can help keep us calm is nothing new to the Japanese, who have been practising shinrin-yoku (or forest bathing) since 1982, when the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries suggested it as a healthy lifestyle practice. More recently, a 2010 study by Japanese researchers sent 280 subjects to walk in 24 different […]

MOON & HEALTH: SBS LIFE

MOON & HEALTH: SBS LIFE

SLEEP It’s not just the office hippy who complains about poor sleep around a full moon. One 2014 study published in the journal Current Biology showed that our sleep patterns are timed to lunar phases. According to the study, participants’ sleep time was reduced by 30 percent around a full moon; while the time taken to fall […]

GLOBAL HOLISTIC HEALTH PRACTICES

GLOBAL HOLISTIC HEALTH PRACTICES

OIL PULLING With roots in Ayurveda, the world’s oldest holistic healing practice originating in India over 5,000 years ago, oil pulling has been used for detox and rejuvenation for centuries. It involves putting a teaspoon of oil into your mouth – either coconut, sesame or sunflower depending on your “dosha”, the Ayurvedic term for your […]

HEALTHY HOLIDAY TIPS: BODY + SOUL

HEALTHY HOLIDAY TIPS: BODY + SOUL

Health and holidays – they’re not two words you usually find in the same sentence, considering it’s often a time when overindulgence and general slothfulness rule.  Whether you’re on a family road trip, having a long weekend at the beach or adventuring overseas, it can be a struggle to factor exercise and wholesome food choices […]

SYDNEY FOR VEGETARIANS: MASTERCARD

SYDNEY FOR VEGETARIANS: MASTERCARD

Ah Sydney, you temptress. With your abundance of fresh, local produce and funky bars and restaurants, there’s really something for every foodie who steps onto your sunny shores. This includes herbivores, it seems, who are spoilt for choice when it comes to vegetarian meals, no matter where they find themselves in the city.   Sadhana […]

SYDNEY’S BEST WINE BARS: MASTERCARD

SYDNEY’S BEST WINE BARS: MASTERCARD

The drinking scene in Sydney has changed. Since the city’s small bar revolution started in 2007, chic wine bars have sprung up all around town, almost overtaking the number of pubs and offering the perfect place to settle in for a long night of sipping and supping with friends. Here are four of the best […]

AUSTRALIA’S 10 BEST VINEYARD STAYS: NEW DAILY

AUSTRALIA’S 10 BEST VINEYARD STAYS: NEW DAILY

South Australia Highbank Wines Where: Riddoch Hwy, Coonawarra. Midway between Melbourne and Adelaide. Wine: Elegant, biodynamically farmed. The Coonawarra red blend stands out. Food: Nearby Pipers of Penol serves up French bistro-style fare. Accommodation: Two stone cottages with spas and fireplaces. From $425 for two nights (minimum stay).  Highlight: The Villa cottage has a commercial kitchen.   Longview Vineyard Where: Pound […]

ADELAIDE + PERTH GUIDES: GQ INDIA

ADELAIDE + PERTH GUIDES: GQ INDIA

ADELAIDE Adelaide is cool. If you’d said these words to anyone pre-2013, they’d most likely have thrown a meat pie in your face. South Australia’s “City of Churches” had little going for it, except maybe that it was the home of legendary cricketer Don Bradman. But in the last two years, something’s changed. Adelaide has grown up. […]

ORANGE FOODIE WEEKEND: SMH TRAVELLER

ORANGE FOODIE WEEKEND: SMH TRAVELLER

A word from the wise: if you’re planning on visiting the Orange region any time soon, you might want to do a few sit-ups before you arrive. Or perhaps a few laps around the block. Or maybe even run a marathon. Orange’s gourmet culture has been flourishing for the past decade and the town is […]

WINEMAKING IN MCLAREN VALE: SMH TRAVELLER

WINEMAKING IN MCLAREN VALE: SMH TRAVELLER

It’s 12.45pm on a Wednesday afternoon and I’m sucking wine through a glass pipe. Four full wine glasses are perched in front of me and, at a conservative estimate, 10 half-empty bottles. Admittedly rather a grim picture, but let me explain. I’m not huddled under a bridge, nor is there a brown paper bag involved. […]