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Dan

Just your average guy doing his 9 – 5 job as a Senior Payroll Officer by day, writing about his travel adventures and hopefully giving you inspiration and ideas for your next travel adventure here at loneXplorer…

Hostel Review: Be Ramblas Hostel, Barcelona, Spain
in Hotel Review, Spain

Hostel Review: Be Ramblas Hostel, Barcelona, Spain

In the European summer of 2015 I embarked on my next European travel adventure. This time the fun kicks off in Spanish city of Barcelona. I will be based here for three nights and during my time here I’ll be staying at the conveniently located Be Ramblas Hostel, one of eight hostels or budget hotels that are part of the Be Hostels group located close...

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26 Sep 2015
The epic hike up Mount Abrupt, Grampians National Park, Victoria
in Victoria

The epic hike up Mount Abrupt, Grampians National Park, Victoria

The Grampians National Park in the Australian state of Victoria is one of the state’s most beautiful natural regions to visit and is a great destination for a long weekend. The main centre for the region is a small town called Halls Gap with many people using this as a base while exploring the greater national park, including myself staying at The Grampians Motel. At...

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17 May 2015
Stepping back in time, become a Convict at Port Arthur, Tasmania
in Tasmania

Stepping back in time, become a Convict at Port Arthur, Tasmania

Port Arthur is one of Tasmania’s, if not Australia’s, best known historical sites to visit in a country where its European history was founded in what some would call exceptional circumstances. The UNESCO World Heritage listed site of the old convict town of Port Arthur was established in the then named colony of Van Diemen’s Land in the early 1830s and quickly gained a reputation...

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26 Feb 2015
Hotel Review: QT Canberra Hotel, Australian Capital Territory
in Australian Capital Territory, Hotel Review

Hotel Review: QT Canberra Hotel, Australian Capital Territory

Heading off to the Australian capital Canberra most people look at you with bemusement and ask the question why? What most people don’t realise is that there is plenty to see and do in Canberra and it all doesn’t have to be full of political drib drab. However whilst staying in Canberra there is a hotel that offers a funky approach to politics with the politically inspired...

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15 Feb 2015
Velocity Global Wallet adds South African Rand
in Other News

Velocity Global Wallet adds South African Rand

As of today (15 January 2015) it has become easier to spend your well earned money in South Africa with the travel money card from airline Virgin Australia the Velocity Global Wallet adding support for the South African currency Rand (ZAR). Support for the currency makes sense with closer ties between Virgin Australia and South African Airways as well as a partnership between Etihad Airways...

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15 Jan 2015
Planning a European adventure with Busabout
in Busabout, Europe

Planning a European adventure with Busabout

Right now is the time to be finalising plans for travelling to Europe in 2015 and if you haven’t started yet then get on it before prices for flights, accommodation and tours skyrocket or become sold out. I’m planning on returning to Europe in 2015 and have been planning for the last couple of months in detail what I want to do and will now...

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15 Nov 2014
Hotel Review: Somerset on the Pier, Hobart, Tasmania
in Hotel Review, Tasmania

Hotel Review: Somerset on the Pier, Hobart, Tasmania

When visiting a major city I find that one of the most important things to do is make sure you try and stay in accommodation that has high impact and gives you a special feeling for what that city is about. Of course any sensible person will need to take budget into consideration and staying in a place with those attributes screams expensive, but sometimes...

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08 Oct 2014
Hotel Review: Freycinet Eco Retreat, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania
in Hotel Review, Tasmania

Hotel Review: Freycinet Eco Retreat, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

Coming along the Tasman Highway and subsequently Coles Bay Road you can’t help to be amazed by the impressive scenery along one of Tasmania’s great driving routes. The Freycinet area is a place that must be visited on any Tasmanian holiday and while staying in the area I chose to stay at the Freycinet Eco Retreat just 9 kilometres or a ten minute drive from...

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05 Oct 2014
Reduce international mobile charges, Global Roaming SIM’s compared
in Other News

Reduce international mobile charges, Global Roaming SIM’s compared

One of the biggest expenses while travelling overseas for many people has been the bill shock received once returning home from a trip using a mobile phone in a foreign country. Roaming costs are extreme with the local phone networks blaming the overseas providers for overcharging them for customers using another network. While only recently Australian telco’s have started to reduce foreign roaming charges and forge...

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12 Jul 2014
How to spend a long weekend in Sydney
in New South Wales

How to spend a long weekend in Sydney

Trying to escape the 9-5 grind can be a difficult task, by the time it comes to Friday you have switched off and turned into weekend mode often wanting to shut off from the world and rejuvenate so you can do it all again on Monday. Having said that it is also important to be able to schedule in some time for the occasional long...

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29 Jun 2014
Going for a spin on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
in Victoria

Going for a spin on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

Melbourne’s newest attraction is open for business, the 120 metre high Melbourne Star Observation Wheel which takes inspiration from its bigger cousins in London (London Eye), Singapore (Singapore Flyer) and the Las Vegas Flyer. Offering views of the Melbourne Skyline, Port Philip Bay, the Port of Melbourne and the surrounding suburbs, the controversial Melbourne Star Observation Wheel has now been in full operation for over 6 months, this being...

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28 Jun 2014
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