Welcome to loneXplorer

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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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Gardens of Versailles, France
England, Fat Tire Bike Tours, France, Germany, Spain

Pedal around with Fat Tire Bike Tours in Paris, Versailles, Barcelona, Berlin & London

/ 21 May 2016

Fat Tire Bike Tours are without a doubt one of my favourite tour operators in Europe and are a fantastic way to see a city for the first time or a great way to reacquaint yourself with a city you haven’t visited for a while. Operating out of Paris, Barcelona, Berlin and London the Fat Tire Bike Tours team offers a wide range of tours...

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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. Please read the Frequently Asked Questions section first before submitting a message on the contact form.

Frequently Asked Questions…

I have a question about a trip or tour you went on, what is the best way to ask?

Usually the best way to ask is to comment on that story at the bottom of the page. That way all readers interested in that topic can also see what others are asking and it may help resolve there questions too. Alternatively you can also seek us out on our Facebook page, Twitter account or send a private email via the contact us page if you wish.

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 particularly if you have any questions, if you need to ask it then someone else is probably thinking the same thing. 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.

Will the Printable TV Guide from the old The Tube website return?

No. As popular as our Printable TV Guide 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 would only become less and less practical to produce, so it is only fitting that we recommend using an online TV Guide, try using the one on this site provided by eBroadcast HERE.

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 in Australia on our Audience and Contestant Info page which also contains information about being a contestant. Please note we are not affiliated with any of the television networks or production companies 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.