TRAVELS WITH NINA

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

BOMBAY BLOOM

BOMBAY BLOOM

Many of the details of our journeys can, over time, get washed together. The colours run, and it all becomes a bit of a blur. But there are certain travel moments – perhaps the most visceral of them, that strike a chord emotionally – that stick with us.  My morning at Mumbai’s Dadar flower market was one […]

JAIPUR EN ROSE

JAIPUR EN ROSE

Bundled up in alpaca blankets and woollen socks this week during the height of Australia’s winter, I’ve found myself returning again and again to my Jaipur album. These images, of a trip that feels like only a dream to me now, have been the visual equivalent of standing by a crackling fire. Jaipur became India’s Pink City in 1853, […]

SILENCE IN RISHIKESH

SILENCE IN RISHIKESH

This week I’ve been transported back to Rishikesh in northern India, while writing a story for Traveller about my Phool Chatti ashram experience. It’s been real, taking a flight of fancy back to the motherland. But what I’ve been trying to figure out is: what did I actually learn there by the banks of the […]

PUSHKAR VIDEO: INDIA’S HOLY CITY

PUSHKAR VIDEO: INDIA’S HOLY CITY

Oh Pushkar, you had me at namaste. I mean, where else in the world will you meet people with names like Bird and Fern, who when asked where they’re from respond with, “originally the UK, but I’m a nomad now,” or more simply, “Planet Love”? Where else will you find 400 temples squished into a […]

JAIPUR: INDIA’S PINK CITY

JAIPUR: INDIA’S PINK CITY

Jaipur, the gateway to Rajasthan and India’s pink city. It gives me a warm glow just thinking about it. About those early morning wanderings through the ancient forts and palaces, and through the narrow alleyways of the colourful bazaars. There, I watched women preparing for Gangaur festival, when married woman pray to the goddess Parvati for a long, healthy […]

MISSION TO MUMBAI: VIDEO

MISSION TO MUMBAI: VIDEO

Oh Mumbai, how I’d missed you. It had been two years since I’d seen you, and my heart was aching for you. I’d missed your chaotic overcrowded streets, your beaten up black and yellow taxis, your holy cows. I’d missed your Bollywood fever, your vibrant markets, your grimy gothic buildings. I’d even missed your smell: a mix of […]

THE WORLD OF A NAT GEO PRODUCER

THE WORLD OF A NAT GEO PRODUCER

TAHRIA SHEATHER IS THE REAL DEAL.  A 29-YEAR-OLD AUSTRALIAN WHO WANDERS THE GLOBE IN SEARCH OF UNIQUE STORIES ABOUT THE NATURAL WORLD IN HER JOB AS PRODUCER FOR NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, SHE’S PASSIONATE, ENGAGED AND CONNECTED IN A WAY THAT ONLY THOSE WHO HAVE MADE A SERIOUS EFFORT TO GET TO KNOW OUR INCREDIBLE PLANET ARE.  HERE, I GET THE CHANCE […]