TRAVELS WITH NINA

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

24 HOURS IN JAKARTA

24 HOURS IN JAKARTA

Jakarta wasn’t at all how I expected it to be. I mean sure, the Indonesian megalopolis (try saying that three times fast) was crowded, traffic-choked and frantic. But in amongst the madness (which I’m always rather fond of anyway) I discovered a beating cultural heart that really surprised me. Here’s how I spent 24 fabulous hours in the Indonesian […]

GILI MENO, JUST FOR ONE DAY

GILI MENO, JUST FOR ONE DAY

We only spent half a day on Gili Meno. Just a flash, really. A squiggle between the lines of our Indonesian adventure. But while it was one hell of a tease, it was definitely better than nothing. Especially when that one day involved snorkelling through crystal-clear waters, feasting at seaside restaurants, lounging at shell-encrusted beach bars and being pulled around in horse-drawn […]

SERAYA ISLAND, FLORES: HOTEL REVIEW

SERAYA ISLAND, FLORES: HOTEL REVIEW

Flying into Flores, one of the Lesser Sunda Islands off the east coast of Java, Indonesia, I did something I never do. I took one of those cheesy photos out the plane window. I couldn’t help it. The islands dotted off the coast of Flores are breathtaking. One in particular I couldn’t stop staring at; a perfect […]

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: TRAVELOSOPHY

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: TRAVELOSOPHY

“On the road again Just can’t wait to get on the road again…“ Sorry, getting a bit carried away with Willie Nelson there. It was the great man’s birthday yesterday so I guess I’m allowed. But yes I’m heading off again next week, first to Thailand to review the stunning Sri Panwa resort in Phuket, then to […]

2015 TRAVEL WISH LIST

2015 TRAVEL WISH LIST

It’s been a deliciously quiet couple of months spent celebrating the festive season with family and friends, camping at magical Little Beach, moving into our new house in the country, and getting as much salt water healing as possible. After a year spent buzzing around the globe, some nourishing home time has been exactly what the […]