TRAVELS WITH NINA

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

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 […]

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 […]

JAIPUR: INDIA’S PINK CITY

JAIPUR: INDIA’S PINK CITY

Jaipur, the gateway to Rajasthan and India’s pink city. It gives me a warm glow just thinking about it. About those early morning wanderings through the ancient forts and palaces, and through the narrow alleyways of the colourful bazaars. There, I watched women preparing for Gangaur festival, when married woman pray to the goddess Parvati for a long, healthy […]

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 […]

Australia: Ten Things I Love About You

Australia: Ten Things I Love About You

I’ve been away from Australia for six weeks now, and I’m finding myself pining already for my island home. Which is funny, since I don’t usually miss Australia at all when I’m gone. For the longest time I could stay away for months on end and not care if I ever came back or not. […]

MISSION TO MOSCOW

MISSION TO MOSCOW

With a week on my hands between Mongolia and Turkey, I decided that rather than spend 50 hours jetting back to and fro Australia, I’d go to Russia. I’d been wanting to go for years. My grandma on my dad’s side was Russian so I’d always wanted to explore that part of my heritage. And besides, […]

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 […]

24 Hours in Bingin

24 Hours in Bingin

First, a disclaimer. 24 hours is not – I repeat NOT – enough time to spend in Bingin, a cliffside beach town on Bali’s south coast and one of the best surf breaks on the island. 24 days would be more appropriate. But if, like me, you only have one measly day to spare in this tropical idyll, here’s how […]

FIVE REASONS TO VISIT LOMBOK

FIVE REASONS TO VISIT LOMBOK

It’s official: Bali’s got nothing on Lombok. The beaches in Lombok, the jewel in the crown of the 17,000 islands that make up Indonesia’s Nusa Tenggara archipelago, are cleaner and less crowded. The roads are better and have barely any traffic on them – in fact the main traffic you’ll have to contend with is the […]

ULUWATU SURF VILLAS BALI: REVIEW

ULUWATU SURF VILLAS BALI: REVIEW

When a friend invites you to their wedding in an exotic land, you say yes. You don’t think about it, you just get on that plane and wipe that credit card debt from your memory and GO. At least that’s what we did last month, when our dear friends Jesse and Trevor from Oliver Grand got hitched […]

GILI MENO, JUST FOR ONE DAY

GILI MENO, JUST FOR ONE DAY

We only spent half a day on Gili Meno. Just a flash, really. A squiggle between the lines of our Indonesian adventure. But while it was one hell of a tease, it was definitely better than nothing. Especially when that one day involved snorkelling through crystal-clear waters, feasting at seaside restaurants, lounging at shell-encrusted beach bars and being pulled around in horse-drawn […]

SERAYA ISLAND, FLORES: HOTEL REVIEW

SERAYA ISLAND, FLORES: HOTEL REVIEW

Flying into Flores, one of the Lesser Sunda Islands off the east coast of Java, Indonesia, I did something I never do. I took one of those cheesy photos out the plane window. I couldn’t help it. The islands dotted off the coast of Flores are breathtaking. One in particular I couldn’t stop staring at; a perfect […]

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: TRAVELOSOPHY

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: TRAVELOSOPHY

“On the road again Just can’t wait to get on the road again…“ Sorry, getting a bit carried away with Willie Nelson there. It was the great man’s birthday yesterday so I guess I’m allowed. But yes I’m heading off again next week, first to Thailand to review the stunning Sri Panwa resort in Phuket, then to […]