TRAVELS WITH NINA

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

NOMADIC LESSONS: MONGOLIA

NOMADIC LESSONS: MONGOLIA

Mongolia was, for me, what Pico Iyer refers to as a “secret home”. A place you spend your whole life dreaming about, and that you finally recognise once you see. As soon as we drove out into that wild, open steppe, I felt my soul settle, my breath slow, my heart open. And when we […]

Photography lessons from Mongolia


Photography lessons from Mongolia


I am a terrible photographer. At least I was before I went to Mongolia, but I didn’t realise it until I got there. It was pretty shocking, this revelation. I mean I’d never considered myself any Steve McCurry, but I’d received my fair share of Facebook likes and nice comments about my travel snaps (mainly from family […]

JOURNEY ACROSS MONGOLIA

JOURNEY ACROSS MONGOLIA

This tale begins three years ago, at work on a day when I was doing what I did best back then: pretending I knew what one of my colleagues was talking about when in fact I had no clue. Said colleague was describing a fishing trip he’d just returned from in Mongolia. All I knew about […]