A hostel vibe within a sophisticated design hotel is Japanese cool at its best.
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.
Tokyo's skyline might be forever changing, but the impermanent designs tend to stay with you.
The cutest van, onsen everywhere and amenities set up for holidaymakers on wheels, make this an unmissable experience.
Cabin fever is suddenly very cool.
With its excellent service, spacious cabins, slightly wider seats and low aircraft noise.
With more of us flying than ever before, airlines are finding new ways to help the planet.
Ancient shrines, tranquil gardens and outstanding ramen are just some of the reasons to visit.
So much superb tea, so little time, alongside hip decor, top-drawer coffee and tempting treats.
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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.