TRAVELS WITH NINA

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

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 […]

AROUND THE WORLD IN SEVEN SONGS

AROUND THE WORLD IN SEVEN SONGS

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that when it comes to travel, planning a journey can be almost as much fun as the journey itself. This is the time when your imagination runs wild, when the possibilities seem limitless, and when you spend every spare second getting into the zone of your next wanderings. For me, sinking into the vibe […]

LESSONS FROM INDIA: TRAVELOSOPHY

LESSONS FROM INDIA: TRAVELOSOPHY

Last night I lay in bed listening to an Australian Writers’ Centre podcast in which memoirist Patti Miller was interviewed about her latest book, Ransacking Paris. The book’s about the year she spent living in France’s city of lights a decade ago, so she was talking about how important perspective is in figuring out how our travels and life experiences […]

24 HOURS IN MUMBAI

24 HOURS IN MUMBAI

Welcome to Mumbai. A city where everything – the crowds, the traffic, the noise, the smells – is dialed up to 11… then bumped up another notch just for the heck of it. A chaotic, colourful, often confronting corner of the globe crammed with 20 million people; the home of Bollywood and India’s City of […]

BOMBAY BAR LINE BABES

BOMBAY BAR LINE BABES

Five young Indian girls in bejeweled saris stand awkwardly at the wall of the Bombay bar. The men at the tiny tables opposite just sit there staring, beers and stacks of ten rupee notes in front of them. There’s tinny Bollywood music playing and a couple of the girls occasionally lip-sync along. Mostly, they just giggle amongst themselves, sometimes lifting their kohl-rimmed […]

SLUMCAT MILLIONAIRE: INDIA

SLUMCAT MILLIONAIRE: INDIA

It was a dark and stormy night. The city was Mumbai, the time 1am. My husband and I had been out with friends, and as they dropped us back to our seaside apartment in Colaba (where we lived for nine months) we’d invited them to step out of the idling taxi to catch a glimpse of […]