TRAVELS WITH NINA

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

SOLO TRAVEL PODCAST

SOLO TRAVEL PODCAST

  I love setting out to see the world on my own. I know I’ve said it dozens of times before and you’re probably sick to death of hearing about it, but I love it so much that I want to encourage more of you to do it, too. Admittedly, I’m often forced into solo […]

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 […]

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 […]

THE ART OF SOLO TRAVEL

THE ART OF SOLO TRAVEL

I love to travel alone. I’ve journeyed everywhere from Russia to India, Zambia to Morocco, without anyone standing by my side. And I’ve relished every minute of it. People often ask how I fare all on my lonesome out in the big bad world. When I tell them how much I love it, I get some strange looks. But […]

LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA VIDEO

LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA VIDEO

I only got back from Malaysia a few days ago but I just couldn’t wait to share this little video I made about Langkawi, the jewel of the 104-island archipelago off Malaysia’s northwestern coast, with you guys. I was absolutely blown away by its jungle-clad mountains, mangrove forests and pristine beaches, that have earnt Langkawi Southeast […]

KAKADU VIDEO

KAKADU VIDEO

Welcome to Kakadu, a land of delirious extremes. Extreme heat, dry creeks and bushfires in the dry season. Extreme storms and miles of flooded country in the wet season. Extreme amounts of wildlife, including nearly one-fifth of Australia’s mammals, 120 species of reptiles and 300 kinds of birds. Extreme pink-hued sunsets across the wild escarpments, […]

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 […]

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 […]

ROAD TRIP: SAN FRAN TO LA

ROAD TRIP: SAN FRAN TO LA

Three days in gritty San Francisco, one in glitzy LA. A whirlwind trip filled with fantastic food and wine, epic vintage shopping and exploring – with the two dreamy destinations connected by one of the most stunning coastal drives in the world, Highway One. Here, a little taste of the adventure.   I travelled courtesy of Qantas […]

LOCAL’S GUIDE TO VANCOUVER

LOCAL’S GUIDE TO VANCOUVER

WHEN JULIA KHAN ANSELMO WAS LAID OFF FROM HER JOB, SHE — USED THE OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE THE LIFE SHE HAD ALWAYS DREAMED OF.  ENTER FEISTY FEAST, HER CULINARY GATHERING DEDICATED TO UNITING AND EMPOWERING WOMEN.  THROUGH FEISTY FEAST, JULIA BRINGS WOMEN TOGETHER OVER MEANINGFUL CONVERSATION, A BEAUTIFULLY STYLED ATMOSPHERE, DELICIOUS CUISINE AND INSPIRING SPEAKERS.  HERE, I CHAT TO HER […]