Who is behind this Rocky Travel Guide?
Hi and welcome to this page!
I am Michela, the solo traveller, writer, blogger and publisher of Rocky Travel: The leading travel blog for the solo traveller in Australia.
I was born and grew up in Italy, but at the age of 19 I was fluent with German, at 26 I was fluent with English and with 35 I finally added Spanish to my knowledge. My love for languages, foreign cultures and a deep curiosity about all things in life is the biggest drive for travelling.
Despite being +50 I like to think of myself like a Baby Boomer at birth, with a Generation X mind and a Millennian spririt!
How it all started with my Australia Love Affair
I have a solid background in sales management mainly in the food and lifestyle industry. After a long time working as a sales & project manager in Germany and Italy, I realised that corporate life was not my thing and found myself searching for something new. The need for something different in my life was strong.
As an old sayings says:
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone“
In March 2004 I decided to step out of my box and venture out to travelling solo with my backpack. In a few months I prepared my first long solo travel trip to discover the other side of the world: Land Down Under!
It was one of the best experiences of my life. Thanks to what I call the “therapeutic power of travel” I could regain confidence in myself and find my own way.
But this was just the beginning of my love affair with Australia.
4 years later in 2008 I finally made the decision to leave my job and hit the road for 3 months. I had a big desire to press on the button RESET, fully unwind and start my life with a different perspective. The job I had been doing for over 15 years belonged to the past and my second trip to Australia was going to mark the beginning of a new life phase.
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”~ Muriel Strode
What travel means to me
Travel means more than just holidaying. Travel is an integral part of a deeper personal development process. It contributes to enrich my life both spiritually and mentally. Moreover it gives me the chance to learn more about myself and others alike.
First and foremost travel means freedom to me. I cannot think of living without travelling. I start getting itchy feet and have to pack my bag and go.
Why did I start a travel blog
While I was in Australia on my second trip in 2008 one day, on a day trip to the Adelaide hills, I thought: How can I keep this travel experience alive? How can I share my love for Australia with other fellow travellers? Is there a way to help other women discover the benefits of travelling alone?
The answer was yes: it is possible and that how the idea of creating Rocky Travel all started.
At that time I didn't know anything about a blog, from how to set it up to how to grow it. It has been a tough time and lots of hard work, in fact many things didn't work right at the beginning.
This is how Rocky Travel was born, the rest is history!
Meanwhile 8 years have gone by and Rocky Travel has become one of the leading travel blogs for travellers keen to explore Australia on their own. It has been awarded several times not only as a top destination blog but also as Top Solo Travel Blog.
On my Media Page you can read more about the awards received.
What is Rocky Travel
Rocky Travel is for people who love to travel independently, don't want to spend a fortune, and want to get the best value deals for their money.
The blog has a focus on Solo Travel and Budget Travel. While I love to travel in a frugal way and have learnt lots of tricks on how to save money, and share them with you, I also like to splurge on affordable luxury now a then and indulge on things that are worth it. So I am happy to share my knowledge on how to become a better independent traveller.
What's my mission and vision of Rocky Travel
My mission is to help like-minded travellers become more independent, travel in a smart and sustainable way, lead a healthy lifestyle and travel more.
I have been travelling alone for over 25 years, mainly in Europe, SEA and US.
Australia is my preferred destination and the core destination of this website, as a solo woman I can recommend it to anyone travelling alone for the first time as a single traveller.
On this page you can read more about my amazing first decade of solo travel in Oz.
Life is full of challenges and surprises too! In 8 years of blogging I have learnt so much and experienced many different new places, new environments. While I met wonderful people on my solo trip I also had to face many challenges. Nonetheless I am very thankful I went this path despite all odds.
There are many more projects coming up, so stay tuned and follow me on the Blog Page or on Social Media.
If you want to get in touch with me send an email to info (at) rockytravel (dot) net. Or fill in the contact form here below.