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.
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 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.
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 must 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).
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 49 Day 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.
I hope this website will help bridge this gap and continue to grow into the future as I get to travel more myself.
If you have any questions or advise for other travellers, please comment on the posts on this site and I will always answer questions where possible.
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.
Below is a brief summary on what THE TUBE used to be…
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 (THE TUBE) 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.