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.

Japan's largest Buddhist rock carvings, near Kumano Shrine.

Hike Japan's 'very forgotten place'

A 10-day hike through mountainous forest trails beloved of monks, allows visitor to experience the traditional lifestyle of rural Japan.

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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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