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.

A fruit seller at Cabarete, Dominican Republic. Visitors can make a real difference to the community and economy.

Cruising

No ordinary Caribbean adventure

Non-cruiser Louise Southerden sets a course for the Dominican Republic aboard Carnival's new socially responsible cruise line.

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Cruising the Amazon on Lindblad's Delfin II.

Cruising

The unexpected Amazon

The strange and sometimes beautiful rainforest creatures prove to be the stars of the show on a jungle cruise.

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The villas at Cocoa Islands.

Classic luxury in paradise

I have a new morning routine: slip out of bed, slip into a bikini and walk down a few steps into the sea.

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A baby gorilla in Rwanda.

Culture

The destinations we need to visit

In countries such as Nepal, Jordan, Afghanistan and Rwanda, your tourist dollar can do double duty helping the locals and wildlife, writes Louise Southerden.

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