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 […]