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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.
Whether on a plastic stool in the street or a "flavour concentration" booth for one, eating ramen is a serious business in Fukuoka.
A 10-day hike through mountainous forest trails beloved of monks, allows visitor to experience the traditional lifestyle of rural Japan.
This museum in a city devastated by a 1945 atomic bomb doesn't shy away from the awful truth.
Sometimes airlines skimp on the service on short flights. Not Cathay.
This quirky designer hostel adds new meaning to "booking" a room.
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.
From outdoor art galleries to surf breaks, forests to ramen and a plethora of onsen.
An innovative oasis of Japanese calm and the perfect counterpoint to the hustle of Colombo.
There's a lot to love about sailing in Sri Lanka: barefoot days and balmy nights, and the chance to experience this incredible country in a new way.
Sri Lanka's first purpose-built luxury wellness resort is a secluded sanctuary.
Nepal's capital is home to more World Heritage-listed sites than any other city on Earth.
Of the world's top 100 airlines, SriLankan came 95th - but that doesn't show in the passenger experience.
So named because local builders kept saying "One day this farm will be famous" and the name stuck.
The Kathmandu Guest House has been a home away for more than its share of celebrities.