TRAVELS WITH NINA

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

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 […]

TRAVEL INSPO: BOOKS, FILMS, MUSIC

TRAVEL INSPO: BOOKS, FILMS, MUSIC

I wanted to share a little outtake from my recent interview with DISfunktion Magazine. A few things to watch, read, listen to and indulge in if you want to get inspired to have some outrageous adventures. Enjoy. And please share your recent travel inspirations with me below, I’m always searching for more!   What’s your favourite book? At the moment it’s […]

AROUND THE WORLD IN SEVEN SONGS

AROUND THE WORLD IN SEVEN SONGS

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that when it comes to travel, planning a journey can be almost as much fun as the journey itself. This is the time when your imagination runs wild, when the possibilities seem limitless, and when you spend every spare second getting into the zone of your next wanderings. For me, sinking into the vibe […]

TAO OF TRAVEL

TAO OF TRAVEL

This week I released the hand-crafted TAO OF TRAVEL bangles, created in collaboration with my legendary friend Brock Fitzgerald. But you might not really know what I mean by TAO OF TRAVEL. Essentially, it means travelling mindfully, as a way to discover more about yourself and the world. It means engaging in slow travel, having no set agenda […]

PHUKET: IN THE LAP OF LUXURY

PHUKET: IN THE LAP OF LUXURY

Phuket, you have blown my mind. I arrived fearing badly behaved bogans and trashy nightclubs, but all I experienced in my (admittedly short) five days on your shores was luxury beyond my wildest imagination, lush wildlife and hidden bays, rich culture and food so good my tastebuds are still vibrating. It may have helped that I stayed at possibly […]

LOST LUGGAGE LESSONS: TRAVELOSOPHY

LOST LUGGAGE LESSONS: TRAVELOSOPHY

So a couple of weeks ago I went to Zambia on safari with luxury safari company Bench International. I was excited about the wildlife I’d see, the luxe glamps I’d stay in, the people I’d meet. But most of all, I was excited about packing my bags. Animal print and khaki are two of my favourite things […]

ANTIBES ON A BUDGET

ANTIBES ON A BUDGET

ANTIBES, COTE d’AZUR: 5 WAYS TO PIMP IT ON A BUDGET Ahh, the Cote d’Azur. The land of chic seaside towns, fine food and even finer wine, and more millionaires than you can throw a yacht at. The playground of the rich, famous and tanned, that’s just the place to private jet to when you’ve […]

HONG KONG HIGH

HONG KONG HIGH

I’m not usually a massive fan of travelling to big cities; I’m more of a nature kinda gal. But Hong Kong, surrounded as it is by lush green mountains just begging for you to grab your crampons and get up on them, with a vibrant harbour on one side and the South China Sea on the […]

SAFARI STATE OF MIND

SAFARI STATE OF MIND

Our six-week honeymoon to the east coast of Africa was over three years ago now. But, like any epic journey, this one is imprinted in my soul and I’ve never quite managed to shake the desire to get back to those wild plains. I was leafing through my journal from the trip yesterday and found a time-logged safari […]

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

I’m often being asked what my travel must-haves are, the essentials I don’t leave home without. Ok, that’s a lie. People never ask me. But people do often ask me why, when I travel so often, I haven’t mastered the art of the light pack. Why don’t I simply throw an LBD, a pashmina and a pair of kitten heels in […]

PNG VOLCANO HIKE

PNG VOLCANO HIKE

So here I am, frozen halfway up Tavurvur Volcano in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. The Beast had looked so small from the shore. So easy to climb. I’d be up the top in fifteen minutes, I’d told myself. No need to take water, no need to wear sunscreen, pfft! Alas, half an hour after I’d started trudging through […]

ADELAIDE’S MCLAREN VALE WINE REGION

ADELAIDE’S MCLAREN VALE WINE REGION

We’re surrounded. By vines, that is. Being in the heart of South Australia’s McLaren Vale wine region, it’s probably to be expected, but The Vineyard Retreat has us truly ensconced. In a region where stalwarts reign and new offerings rarely emerge, the reopening of the retreat following extensive refurbishment in January has been causing a […]