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



I love setting out to see the world on my own. I know I’ve said it dozens of times before and you’re probably sick to death of hearing about it, but I love it so much that I want to encourage more of you to do it, too.

Admittedly, I’m often forced into solo travel when I’m sent off on travel writing assignments. But as with everything in life, practice really does make perfect, and I find myself enjoy it more and more each time I do it.

It makes me feel strong and liberated, capable and fierce, wild and open. It makes it easier for me to connect with strangers and stay engaged with the world around me. It leaves lots of time for self-reflection and personal growth.

But I’ll confess that it isn’t always transformative experiences and heart-bursting cultural connections. Sometimes it can also be lonely, daunting, confronting, and even scary. 

On a recent episode of Flight of Fancy, the podcast, I chatted to host Ben Groundwater and filmmaker Tim Charody about travelling alone. As Ben says, “It’s all about seeing the world on your own terms, making your own decisions, going your own way, and finding out that you’re capable of far more than you ever thought possible.”

Have a listen HERE if you want to learn more about the pros and cons of hitting the road alone, discover our top tips about staying safe and making the most out of a solo journey, hear our picks of the world’s best destinations to tackle on your own, and so much more.


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