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Michela Fantinel

Michela is a passionate traveller and outdoor enthusiast, who has been travelling solo for +30 years between Australia, Italy, Europe and more countries. She is keen to share her knowledge and best tips to help solo travellers travel more and plan their adventures in a simpler and smarter way. Michela is the founder and editor in chief of Rocky Travel.


  1. Jennifer
    March 7, 2015 @ 9:42 pm

    Nice looking hostels! I’ve actually only stayed in one so far and it was actually more like a hotel – with our own room and en-suite bath. Great experience!


    • Rocky Travel
      March 9, 2015 @ 10:45 am

      Yep, some YHA hostels have fantastic facilities, great locations at affordable rates!


  2. Gina Zammit
    March 7, 2015 @ 10:47 pm

    What a lovely pool – especially for a hostel!


  3. Katie
    March 7, 2015 @ 10:51 pm

    Going to have to bookmark this!


    • Rocky Travel
      March 9, 2015 @ 10:39 am

      Glad you liked it, thanks for stopping by!


  4. Donny
    March 7, 2015 @ 11:02 pm

    Thanks for the head’s up on some cool places. I’ve wanted to go to Australia for a while, my roommate is from there and he makes it sounds like a paradise of sand and surf. Did you find it very affordable? I have US dollars so I’m a little worried about it being a bit pricey.


    • Rocky Travel Australia
      March 9, 2015 @ 10:39 am

      Australia is an expensive country to live in and also for travellers! However there are many ways to travel on a budget. The good thing is that if you are younger than 30 you can work and travel. It’s up to you if you want to work and for how long you want to work. If you are going to Australia and plan to travel long term in Australia, I would definitely consider this option as it gives you the freedom to work whenever you want, finance your travels and discover a wonderful country!


  5. Travelwith2ofus
    March 7, 2015 @ 11:35 pm

    I have never been to Australia neither have I ever stayed at a hostel. I definitely should check it out the next trip.


  6. Adrian Ann
    March 8, 2015 @ 5:40 am

    I lived in AU for a year but never stayed in a hostel. These look awesome and I love that they have guaranteed 100% female dorms. I will have to check them out!


    • Rocky Travel - Solo Travel Australia
      March 9, 2015 @ 10:31 am

      YHA is a women-friendly hostel chain, this is one thing I value very much, there are not many independent hostels that can guarantee female dorms all the time, because their main goal is to fill up the rooms with guests, not to offer a service and value to travellers!


  7. Meg Jerrard
    March 8, 2015 @ 6:17 am

    Great overview of some of Aus’ best hostels – I particularly love the YHA Sydney Harbour – such great value for money considering its location and the awesome facilities – YHA has set a really high standard for hostel accommodation 🙂


    • Rocky Travel Australia
      March 9, 2015 @ 10:24 am

      YHA hostels are great value. I have tried out other hostels in my travels, but in my experience there are no backpacker hostels that can beat the high standard of YHA in Australia!


  8. Vicky and Buddy
    March 8, 2015 @ 10:54 pm

    I still haven’t stayed at a hostel yet, but these look really great. I’m afraid I’ll get spoiled after I go to these and then try out other hostels lol


  9. Brenda
    March 9, 2015 @ 1:25 am

    I’ve never stayed in a hostel before but am considering them during our RTW travels starting in July. The YHA hostel looks very clean, which is extremely important for us. I would love it if they had hostels specifically for families only.


    • Rocky Travel Australia
      March 9, 2015 @ 10:21 am

      Hi Brenda, I am not aware of hostels for families only, however at YHA hostels I have seen many families with children too. You can rent a private room with 3 or 4 beds, that’s really good value. Enjoy your RTW travels!


  10. Andrea
    March 9, 2015 @ 1:31 pm

    As a budget traveler, and well a student, I am always looking to find hostels to add to my list when I visit a destination. Now I just need to make it to Australia, of which I’m looking forward to! The one in Cairns is by far the fav!


    • Rocky Travel Australia
      March 9, 2015 @ 2:02 pm

      You will like staying at YHA hostels in Australia! They are gold when travelling alone!


  11. Alan
    May 16, 2015 @ 11:15 am

    Great article. I just returned from travelling a month in Australia and hostels are definitely for the budget traveler. Sydney Harbour YHA is a great hostel. I have to say although YHA Hostels have a standard, not all follow that basic standard. I highly recommend for future travelers is to research the location through various sites, especially trip advisor. You’ll get some insight on how good the hostel is. I found YHA Airlie Beach very dated, not clean and poorly maintained. I also stayed at non-YHA hostels and found many that were more updated, clean and community oriented. Enjoy your blog, keep updating for those future travelers.


    • sheila
      July 11, 2016 @ 3:37 am

      Thanks for the info on hostels I have used them for many, many years.
      Is there anywhere you would recommend in Airlie Beach then, and other recommendations for Qld coast.


      • Alan
        July 13, 2016 @ 10:29 pm

        I only stayed at Airline Beach YHA, but if you head to Cairns, Travellers Oasis Hostel was fantastic. The staff were very personable and helpful in booking a tour for you. The atmosphere is cozy and friendly with many people to talk to. It’s not part of the YHA but it’s a great one.

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