TRAVELS WITH NINA

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

ANTARCTICA: FROZEN CONTINENT

ANTARCTICA: FROZEN CONTINENT

  If you want to have your sense of wonder for the planet restored, look no further than Antarctica. The loneliest and coldest place on earth can, in all its bleak, empty nothingness, leave you feeling hopeful about the future of our world. It’s one of the last corners of the earth that remains pure […]

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 […]

JAPAN PODCAST

JAPAN PODCAST

  Oh Japan. I fell head over heels for you when I first visited seven years ago, and was as bewitched then by how weird and wonderful you are as I am now, following my second visit to Hokkaido earlier this year. You have confused me senseless with your singing toilets, mad gaming, Lolita girls […]

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 […]

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 […]

RIGHT PLACE, WRONG TIME

RIGHT PLACE, WRONG TIME

  “A danger of travel is that we see things at the wrong time, before we have had a chance to build up the necessary receptivity and when new information is therefore useless and fugitive as necklace beads without a connection chain.”   I’ve been reflecting on this quote this past week, perhaps my biggest […]

OFF-THE-BEATEN-TRACK IN OZ

OFF-THE-BEATEN-TRACK IN OZ

Growing up in Sydney, most of my Australian adventures were confined to roaming up and down the east coast of NSW. It wasn’t really until I went overseas for the first time at age 16, when people asked me what my country was like and I found I couldn’t answer them properly, that I realised how much more […]

ANTARCTIC DREAMING

ANTARCTIC DREAMING

Antarctica has been in my dreams for a long time now. I can’t imagine feeling a greater sense of wonder for the world, a greater sense of reverence for the mysteries of the elements, anywhere more than there. So when I was invited to attend the Australian Antarctic Festival in Hobart, Tasmania (known as “the […]

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 […]

CLOUD TALK

CLOUD TALK

For as long as he can remember my good buddy, LA-based photographer Trevor King, has been a cloud hunter, chasing the transient formations across the globe with his lens pointed towards the heavens. Inspired by the sense of nostalgia nimbus clouds can inspire, he tries to reignite in us that childhood experience of lying on the grass, […]

BOLIVIAN ADVENTURE

BOLIVIAN ADVENTURE

BOLIVIA IS A COUNTRY THAT HAS ALWAYS FASCINATED ME. EVERYONE I KNOW WHO HAS BEEN THERE HAS EITHER LOVED IT OR HATED IT – EITHER SAID IT WAS THE SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRY YOU HAD TO AVOID, OR THE ONE YOU SIMPLY COULD NOT MISS. SO WHEN MY DEAR FRIEND EMICA PENKLIS – AN AVID ADVENTURER, NATUROPATH […]

VIDEO: RATUA PRIVATE ISLAND, VANUATU

VIDEO: RATUA PRIVATE ISLAND, VANUATU

Ratua Private Island started working its magic on us even before we arrived on its shores. Late at night we jumped on a speedboat from the mainland at Espiritu Santo, and as we shot across the glassy black waters, phosphorescence sparked out beside us like glittering confetti. In the morning we woke with the sun in our 200-year-old Javanese bungalow, one of […]

INSIDER’S GUIDE TO KENYA

INSIDER’S GUIDE TO KENYA

EVER DREAM OF PACKING YOUR BAGS, MOVING TO AFRICA AND SAVING THE WORLD? WELL AUSTRALIAN DAVINIA COGAN DID JUST THAT, LIVING IN AFRICA FOR THREE YEARS, THE LAST 18 MONTHS OF WHICH SHE LIVED IN NAIROBI, KENYA. THERE SHE WORKED AS AN ADVISOR FOR THE NON-PROFIT GVEP INTERNATIONAL, WHICH WORKS WITH LOCAL BUSINESSES TO INCREASE ACCESS TO […]

ESCAPE TO ESSAOUIRA

ESCAPE TO ESSAOUIRA

There are certain places in the world that just wrap their arms around you as soon as you arrive; that whisper sweet nothings in your ear like “come here sweetheart,” “stay with me darling,” and “never leave my side.” The Moroccan coastal town of Essaouira was one of those places for me. In fact I still feel his (because […]