TRAVELS WITH NINA

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

GETTING WILD IN PERU’S SACRED VALLEY

GETTING WILD IN PERU’S SACRED VALLEY

The biggest travel treat of all is, hands down, seeing the places that most people miss. Not having to elbow other sightseers, or wait in lines, or spend the whole time wishing you’d timed it better so you didn’t have to deal with crowds. So when I heard that Peru’s Sacred Valley is skipped by most […]

HIKING PERU’S AUSANGATE TRAIL

HIKING PERU’S AUSANGATE TRAIL

  “Pilgrimage is ordeal. By definition any journey is physically difficult, but pilgrimage is also spiritually challenging. It demands that we follow our spiritual compass and put the soles of our shoes to the soul of the world. It means getting back in touch with our earth, our roots, ourselves.” I love this definition of Phil […]

CHITWAN SAFARI, NEPAL

CHITWAN SAFARI, NEPAL

After the buzz and bustle of Kathmandu, where we began our Nepalese wanderings with Crooked Compass, Chitwan National Park was the perfect place to rest our weary souls and get filled up again for the next leg of our adventures. We checked into the Barahi Jungle Lodge, a chic bush resort and our base for the next […]

NEPALESE MONASTERY STAY

NEPALESE MONASTERY STAY

Buddhism has played a big part of my life for many years now, ever since I started studying at the Sydney Buddhist Centre six years ago, where I immediately connected with the ideas of impermanence, of non-attachment and of mindfulness. The teachings have brought so much peace to my daily life, and some of my most memorable adventures […]

AT HOME IN NEPAL

AT HOME IN NEPAL

Most travellers pass through Panauti in a day, rushing through it on their way towards Pokhara for one gruelling trek or another. But, since Crooked Compass was taking us on a journey to prove that there was more to Nepal than trekking and to really sink into the cultural side of Nepal, we spent two […]

NEPAL’S KATHMANDU VALLEY

NEPAL’S KATHMANDU VALLEY

I’m so damn grateful that the medium of video exists. There are just certain things that, when you’re travelling, are impossible to share via the written word.  Without video, I don’t think I could have conveyed to you guys the scope of how Kathmandu has been affected by last year’s earthquake. How the nightly aarti, where […]