Louise Southerden

Louise Southerden is a freelance travel writer from Sydney, now based in northern NSW, who never dreamed of travelling the world and writing about it. A three-month trip across Africa in the back of an overland truck 25 years ago changed that and she has since won several awards, including the Australian Society of Travel Writers' Travel Writer of the Year award - four times. Louise specialises in nature-based experiences and is passionate about simple, sustainable travel.

The palace of Presidential Secretariat Office on Galle Main Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Three-minute guide to Colombo, Sri Lanka

With unrest well behind it, Sri Lanka's capital is refurbishing magnificent colonial buildings, erecting hotels with ocean views and adding to its already lively cafe and dining scene.

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After the earthquake in 2015 Langtang, Langtang Valley.

It's time to visit this stunning country

The earthquake killed thousands, devastated communities and damaged ancient monuments. Trekking to Nepal now is stepping into a tale of loss and renewed hope as old as humankind.

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