TRAVELS WITH NINA

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

PALESTINE: THE WEST BANK

PALESTINE: THE WEST BANK

  If one of the ultimate aims of travel is to help us learn more about the world around us, then our recent trip to the West Bank was one of the most successful of our lives. What we learnt over our three days in Bethlehem moved us in ways we couldn’t have imagined. Staying […]

ISRAEL: AKKO, SAFED, TEL AVIV

ISRAEL: AKKO, SAFED, TEL AVIV

  Israel has continued to sing to me across the seas since I’ve been home these past two weeks. For a country so tiny (365 times smaller than Australia, to be exact, which it takes just six hours to traverse top to tail), it has the ability to stir up such intense emotions in its […]

ISRAEL: JERUSALEM, NEGEV, DEAD SEA

ISRAEL: JERUSALEM, NEGEV, DEAD SEA

A lengthy trip to the Middle East had been brewing in my mind for years. My husband Pete and I were on the brink of booking a trip to Syria about five years ago, but decided to put it off for a year. By which time, of course, the conflict had become so intense we […]

RELEASING TRAVEL EXPECTATIONS

RELEASING TRAVEL EXPECTATIONS

  Visiting India’s Taj Mahal was one of the biggest disappointments of my travelling life. I’d dreamt of experiencing this wonder of the world for years, imagining that when I finally saw it in the flesh I’d be changed by its great beauty in some profound way. The reality? Well. After an hour of waiting my […]

TRAVELLING ALONE

TRAVELLING ALONE

I’ve written about my love for solo travel on here before. About how I’ve journeyed everywhere from Russia to India, Zambia to Morocco, Chile to Peru, without anyone standing by my side. I honestly believe that the best travel companion you can have is yourself, and that solo travel is liberating, rewarding and totally empowering. We should all […]