TRAVELS WITH NINA

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

CLEARING SPACE FOR TRAVEL

CLEARING SPACE FOR TRAVEL

This week, as I simultaneously sink into winter on the farm and prepare for my next adventure, I’ve been reflecting on the idea of how effective impending travel plans are at getting our lives in order. With a month-long trip to Israel and Jordan coming up next week, I’ve had to think ahead to deadlines and […]

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 […]

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 […]