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Nina Karnikowski is a staff travel writer for Fairfax Media.
This middle-income African nation of two million is rightly referred to as the king of safari.
Victoria Falls is a must-visit for thrill seekers, nature lovers and anyone wanting to rediscover their sense of wonder for our planet.
Undeniably, there is something otherworldly about this curtain of water.
There were moments when I wondered if I'd get bored of all the ice.
It's still raw, gritty and, er, muscular, but upmarket elements are moving in.
Even the eyebrow-raising deep-fried cod sperm (known locally as shirako) is delicious.
Discovering a lost world in the heart of the Flinders Ranges.
Earth's southernmost city is much more than a launch pad for those waiting to jump on a ship to Antarctica.
It was a moment of such stupid levels of beauty that it has taken me weeks to convince myself it actually happened.
The Negev desert is brutally harsh yet blessed with amazing produce.
This is as close to travelling business class as it gets.
The Flinders Ranges is a place that makes you go a bit wild.
Whether it's the worst view in the world I can't say, but it is confronting and upsetting being so close to a structure that has caused such heartbreak for so long.
For a moment, I think that it could almost be worth the collapse of my marriage or career to have seen this most beautiful lake.