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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.

So who am I?

I’m your average everyday Aussie 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) with a large organisation that most of you interact with, without usually knowing but I won’t go into that.

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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland – 5 must do experiences for any visitor & where to stay

/ 18 Jul 2016

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland is one of the most beautiful places on the face of the Earth you can visit. The small village located in a valley of 72 gushing waterfalls is about an hour’s drive from Bern, the capital of Switzerland. The village is best known for its location within the valley allowing visitors to have a front row seat to the waterfalls that bring with...

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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.

Wineglass Bay

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 two month 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 Audience and Contestant opportunities page for anyone living or coming to visit Australia and who may want to sit in on 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.

Contact Us…

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.