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


It’s been a deliciously quiet couple of months spent celebrating the festive season with family and friends, camping at magical Little Beach, moving into our new house in the country, and getting as much salt water healing as possible. After a year spent buzzing around the globe, some nourishing home time has been exactly what the doctor ordered.

But today (the day after Australia Day, which as everybody knows is the day the real New Year starts) I’m dreaming of escape again. My feet are tingling with that familiar itch, my notebook is filling up with scribblings of possible adventures, and I’m officially putting my 2015 travel wish list out into the universe. Let’s see what we can manifest.



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I’m a sucker for a hand-painted tile, for an elaborate doorway, for a bright tapestry. And so, when I accompany my winemaking husband on his second vintage in Burgundy (I can’t let the poor guy suffer through it alone now can I?), I’m planning on spinning through Morocco whilst I’m there. Ancient medinas, castles made of sand, the old city of Fez with its UNESCO World Heritage listed behemoth medina, nights spent camping in the Sahara in remote Merzouga, berber music, tagines, a fancy riad stay in Marrakech… I’m ready for it all.


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I started dreaming of Icelandic adventures ever since I fell in love with the music of Sigur Ros about ten years ago. Then I read Hannah Kent’s haunting Icelandic novel Burial Rites last summer, and my mind was made up. I want to swim in the milky aquamarine waters of the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa in Grindavik, walk through Strokkur spring as the geysers erupt, explore Thingvellir National Park, visit the black sand beaches, see the elusive Northern Lights, spend as much time as possible outdoors soaking up the darkly beautiful landscape, and hopefully make friends with a wild horse or two alone the way.


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Our beautiful friends Jesse and Trevor of
 Oliver Grand are getting hitched at the Uluwatu Surf Villas in Bali in May. I’ve been to Bali a few times and I adore it, but this time while I’m there I want to explore Indonesia a little more – to the Gili Islands, those three idyllic dollops of white-sanded paradise off the northwest coast of Lombok. Apparently Gili Meno is where it’s at for a romantic retreat. Turquoise waters, turtles, hammocks, wooden boats… YES PLEASE.


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One of my oldest and dearest friends is Peruvian, and I’ve always been so inspired by her colourful pictures, stories, and of course textiles, from her homeland. This year she’s planning a trip back to Peru with her mum, and I’m hoping to join them. To climb around Machu Picchu, to see the Nazca lines at the Ballestas Islands, to visit Red Beach and the salt pans, to check out the oasis at the Huacachina sand dunes. Oh and to explore the Andes, hike through the Amazon, visit Lake Titikaka and Cusco… I might need the entire year just for this one. And while I’m nearby:


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Extraordinary wildlife, otherworldly landscapes, the bewitching islands of South Georgia… why on earth wouldn’t you want to go to Antarctica? Because you don’t want to deal with 20 hours of daylight every day? Because camping on the ice sounds like hell? Not to me my friend, not to me. Organized tours departing from Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego in Argentina seem to be the way to go:
 Ice Tracks Expeditions is meant to be good, but luxury travel specialists Abercrombie & Kent would make it sublime. The silence, the starkness, the icy shores – all forbidding and exciting and calling me loud and clear. Penguins and icebergs, I’ll see you soon.


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I love weddings, but I love them even more when they shift me around the globe. Another gorgeous girlfriend is getting married in Lake Como in Italy at the end of August, where I’m expecting nothing but luxe, pastel-hued lakefront villas, Hollywood A-listers (hellooo Mr. Clooney), verdant hills, sensational Italian food and wine, pretty lakefront bars and a whole lotta floating around on the twinkly waters of il lago.



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