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Michela Fantinel

Michela is a passionate traveller and outdoor enthusiast who has travelled solo for +35 years between Italy, Australia, South East Asia and more countries. Through her adventures and knowledge, she has been inspiring and helping women over 50 to travel solo and independently. Michela is the founder and editor-in-chief of Rocky Travel & Tours For Over 50.


  1. Ben - Adventureswithben
    October 25, 2010 @ 1:25 pm

    Thanks for the tips. I’m headed to Australia for 3 weeks in February and have been debating whether to bring a backpack or suitcase. I think I’m going with the former.


  2. Poi
    October 27, 2010 @ 1:29 pm

    After travelling with a backpack now for two months I don’t think I could ever go back to a suitcase – even for a short holiday.


    • Rocky Travel
      October 28, 2010 @ 3:26 pm

      Ben and Poi – Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments!
      On my trips I used my backpack and I simply loved it.What I like most when I travel is my carry-on suitcase. This is absolutely handy but definitely too small for long term travelling in Australia.


  3. Liv
    October 30, 2010 @ 1:29 pm

    I have little choice as my scuba diving gear simply doesn’t fit into a backpack, but haven’t found my suitcase too inconvenient & on account of the dive gear taking up most of the space, haven’t overpacked (unless you consider the dive gear overpacking. Being a dive instructor though, I’d be in trouble without it!)


    • Rocky Travel
      October 30, 2010 @ 1:41 pm

      Hi Liv, I bet you need your dive gear, as you are a dive instructor! What about considering hiring it on site and take with you only the things that you cannot leave behind? Alternatevely think about packing the scuba diving gear as extra baggage and have it checked in separately.


  4. Laura
    January 5, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

    I consider the fact that a backpack stops you from buying things rather a pro than a con. I think we buy too much stuff we don’t need! I definitely prefer a backpack!


    • Rocky Travel
      January 5, 2014 @ 1:40 pm

      Hi Laura, you are right! That fact can be interpreted in different ways according to your own needs-and-wants + travel style. While I used to love my backpack I’ve recently swapped to a wheeled travel bag, for me this is the ideal piece of luggage for all my travels.


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