About loneXplorer

Learn all you need to know about loneXplorer right here.

Welcome to loneXplorer

Hello and thank you for visiting loneXplorer.com.au, the travel blog of Dan Draper. Travelling can be a daunting experience for many people including myself, so I hope that writing about my experiences here will help, educate and inform those who read and hopefully inspire others to get out there and see the world.

Who am I?

I’m your average everyday Aussie guy working from 9 to 5 in an effort to save up for that next big trip, but simply put I’m passionate about travelling and love to write about it so that I can share my experiences with others who need a little help in discovering the world. I live in the outer hilly suburbs of Melbourne, Australia and I also work in the city that has been voted the most liveable in the world time and time again as a Senior Payroll Officer (that part isn’t exactly exciting, BELIEVE ME!).

Check out our policy on advertising & reviews.

My Latest Adventures
Wadi Rum, Jordan
Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Travel Talk Egypt & Jordan Discovered

Dahab, Egypt to Wadi Rum, Jordan via Israel – Day 11 Travel Talk Egypt & Jordan Discovered Tour

/ 21 Jan 2017

As the Travel Talk Tours Egypt & Jordan Discovered Tour continues on the group has now travelled further east to spend the final two nights in Egypt at the costal town of Dahab along the Red Sea. It’s then from here we’ll embark on yet another exciting milestone as we continue the journey onto Jordan. The last two nights has seen the group spend some time by the sea in...

Continue Reading...

Snorkelling in Dahab, Egypt
Egypt, Travel Talk Egypt & Jordan Discovered

Cairo to Dahab and the Red Sea – Day 09 & 10 Travel Talk Egypt & Jordan Discovered Tour

/ 17 Jan 2017

Departing the capital Cairo the Travel Talk Tours Egypt & Jordan Discovered Tour now travels eastward bound en route to our next destination of Dahab by the Red Sea coast, leaving the African continent and entering the Sinai Peninsula on the Asian side of Egypt. The trip is about to change now as the newly formed Groups A & B merge together, we gain a new guide and we leave...

Continue Reading...

What is loneXplorer about?

The goal of loneXplorer is to basically cut through the crap and get right down to the nitty gritty of what you can expect to see and do if you decide to take on any of the adventures I undertake. I want to give you as much detail as I possibly can to help you make an informed decision on where to go, stay and eat.

For starters, if you’re an 18-30 something year old looking for a grand European adventure check out my day by day detailed account of seeing Europe with Topdeck on the 49 Day Mega European tour. Start here with Day 1 travelling from London to Paris and work your way through the entire 49 days retiring to London. Even if you don’t plan on taking this tour it still offers you a great insight on what to expect on youth group tours as they pretty much all follow the same path.

But I’m not here to just tell you about large scale adventures, I’ll also share with you some travel advice looking at hotel reviews in a major city to seeing some of the well known attractions a region has to offer. You can also check out one of the more popular pieces of advise on loneXplorer for Aussies looking at choosing a Travel Money Card (word of warning, they’re not all they are cracked up to be).

I have also written a guest article on the TourRadar blog about my travels through Turkey, that was also on a Topdeck tour, check it out here.


The loneXplorer Explores Turkey with Topdeck

In today’s post, Dan Draper of the loneXplorer shares his experience on the 12-day Turkey Explored Tour with Topdeck. If you’re ready to explore Turkey with Topdeck, or any of the other 500+ tour operators featured on TourRadar, click here.

Now couldn’t be a better time to explore the fascinating country of Turkey, full of history, culture and modern flair this country spanning two continents is becoming more popular. When you think about travelling to Europe you instantly associate it with London, Paris or Rome but why not add Istanbul or even Turkey to that list, a city that has just recently been voted the number one place to visit by TripAdvisor reviewers.

My traveling has only really just begun, in my early 20s’ I was concentrating on my University study to obtain a Bachelor of Business and Commerce and then moved up to Far North Queensland to Lizard Island where I worked for just over a year as the island resorts barman. After leaving this job I was able to then go on my biggest trip so far which was for two months travelling around Europe mostly on the Topdeck Mega European Tour, of which you can read all about on this site.

loneXplorer has evolved over many years with my blogging experience not starting here but starting back in 2006 with the launch of THE TUBE, an Australian television blog which monitored and discussed all sorts of topics within the Australian Television industry and was very successful.

THE TUBE no longer exists as it was becoming bigger and bigger and required full time attention, which I just couldn’t offer any longer. However one of the most popular pages from THE TUBE continues to live on, the TV Show Audience & Contestant page for anyone living or coming to visit Australia and who may want to experience a free recording of a TV show.

During this time THE TUBE was once ranked the 204th most popular blog in Australia and even lead to a guest role one night on top rating Melbourne radio station 3AW as well as attending some media events most notably the launch of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s new TV channel ABC3 in Sydney.

loneXplorer was created as I found that there were not many travel websites that went into specific details about what to expect when travelling on group tours. The pivotal point in launching this site came when exploring Europe for the first time and joining a Topdeck tour, the target market for this tour is young travellers and I found that their simply wasn’t anything out there worth reading about prior to travelling to find out what to expect in any detail, so I hope to fill this gap for many travellers.

Contact loneXplorer

If you wish to contact us here at loneXplorer you can use the contact form which will send an email directly to us, or if you prefer a more informal approach we are contactable on our Twitter account @loneXplorerAU.


Travel Review Policy & Advertising on loneXplorer

Travelling around the loneXplorer website you may come across some advertising material. In an effort to be open and transparent, loneXplorer may receive a fee or commission from the advertisers you see on this website which can be in the form of a banner ad or a sponsored link. Where possible every effort will be made to indicate where a link, article or post on this website is sponsored.

loneXplorer will place links to any hotels mentioned to our accommodation sponsor at the time to show readers the hotel and give them the opportunity to place a booking. In doing this loneXplorer may receive a commission depending on the type of sale and by doing so you will be supporting this website to continue to grow.

It is important to emphasise that all travel reviews on loneXplorer are the view of the author and have not been influenced in any way weather paid or unpaid by the provider of such activities.

All review activities on loneXplorer have been paid for by the author out of their own pocket in full unless otherwise stated. Below are circumstances where a travel provider have paid for costs in some sort of way in return for a review on loneXplorer…

If you have any questions about sponsorship or represent a travel related product or service and you wish to get in touch with loneXplorer, you may do so by clicking the link to our contact form above.