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 […]

CHITWAN SAFARI, NEPAL

CHITWAN SAFARI, NEPAL

After the buzz and bustle of Kathmandu, where we began our Nepalese wanderings with Crooked Compass, Chitwan National Park was the perfect place to rest our weary souls and get filled up again for the next leg of our adventures. We checked into the Barahi Jungle Lodge, a chic bush resort and our base for the next […]

NEPALESE MONASTERY STAY

NEPALESE MONASTERY STAY

Buddhism has played a big part of my life for many years now, ever since I started studying at the Sydney Buddhist Centre six years ago, where I immediately connected with the ideas of impermanence, of non-attachment and of mindfulness. The teachings have brought so much peace to my daily life, and some of my most memorable adventures […]

AT HOME IN NEPAL

AT HOME IN NEPAL

Most travellers pass through Panauti in a day, rushing through it on their way towards Pokhara for one gruelling trek or another. But, since Crooked Compass was taking us on a journey to prove that there was more to Nepal than trekking and to really sink into the cultural side of Nepal, we spent two […]

NEPAL’S KATHMANDU VALLEY

NEPAL’S KATHMANDU VALLEY

I’m so damn grateful that the medium of video exists. There are just certain things that, when you’re travelling, are impossible to share via the written word.  Without video, I don’t think I could have conveyed to you guys the scope of how Kathmandu has been affected by last year’s earthquake. How the nightly aarti, where […]

TREKKING IN NEPAL

TREKKING IN NEPAL

Trekking through the Himalayas is one of those bucket list trips, right? Up there with seeing the Northern Lights, visiting the Galapagos Islands and walking the Great Wall of China? Well it can be. If you’re prepared, that is. And if you’re not? Hmm. As I discovered on a recent four-day trek in Nepal to […]