Welcome to loneXplorer!
Hello and thank you for visiting loneXplorer.com.au, the personal travel blog of Dan Draper. Travelling can be a daunting experience for many people and this is 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.
This site has evolved over many years with my blogging experience 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. THE TUBE is no longer being published due to increased personal obligations, however one of the most popular pages which continues to be popular lives on, the Audience and Contestant opportunities page.
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 ABC’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 their simply wasn’t anything out there worth reading about prior to travelling to find out what to expect. I hope this website will help bridge this gap and continue to grow into the future as I get to travel more myself.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any thoughts, suggestions, general feedback or any questions related to any content on this site. The best methods of contact are on each post by commenting at the bottom if it is related to the topic covered. You can also send a private message if you wish to get in contact via our contact page, via twitter @loneXplorerAU or via our Facebook page.
Once again thank you for visiting and I hope you gain some valuable knowledge and inspiration for your travelling adventures.
THE TUBE [formally What's On The Tube] has been about all things Australian television for over six years, starting out as a small blog on August 10, 2006 it once grew to become one of Australia’s most popular blogs. On January 2009 THE TUBE was ranked as the 204th most popular blog in Australia and was continuing to grow every year along with the expanding digital television industry in Australia.
One of the most popular resources on THE TUBE website was the Audience and Contestant Info page which is constantly updated with the latest opportunities to take part in your favourite TV programmes and still continues today.
THE TUBE was no longer being updated with television news due to other personal commitments but this one page was being updated. I then decided to merge this page from THE TUBE into loneXplorer on 1 January, 2013 so it can continue as a resource for those interested.
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. Please read the Frequently Asked Questions section first before submitting a message on the contact form.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here at loneXplorer we get a lot of emails asking questions that can easily be answered on the site already, or ones we simply cannot answer because we have no affiliation with the networks (e.g. we are not Peter Harvey’s 60 Minutes mail bag). So before submitting an email via our contact form, please read the below FAQs, if none of these relate to your question please feel free to contact us.
How can I be in the audience of a show?
You can find all of the up to date information on being in the audience of any TV show on our Audience and Contestant Info which also contains information about being a contestant. Please note we are not affiliated with any of the television networks and will ignore any messages asking for audience tickets or to be a contestant on a show. These questions should be directed to the relevant addresses and contact forms provided on our audience page.
Will the Printable TV Guide return?
No. As popular as our Printable TV Guide has become, unfortunately it will not return. As you can imagine it takes a considerable amount of time having to type out the listings for each channel and with only one person responsible for this website, there just isn’t enough time. With the increasing use of internet based guides and electronic programme guides along with portable devices it is only fit that we recommend using an online TV Guide, we have one on this site provided by eBroadcast HERE.
What is your policy on submitting comments?
We welcome all comments and encourage everyone to comment as much as possible on the topics we cover on loneXplorer. If you are commenting for the first time your comment will be hidden until it has been approved, after the first comment is approved any subsequent comments made on the website will be posted instantly. We also reserve the right to not accept or edit any comments that may reveal personal information (please don’t add your phone number or address) or any comment that might be offensive. Also another feature if you are following us on Twitter (@loneXplorerAU) when a new blog post is posted you can reply to that tweet and your reply from Twitter will be posted automatically in the comments section on the website with the relevant article.