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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. Jo (The Blonde)
    December 29, 2014 @ 4:29 am

    Wow! this looks amazing! The pictures of the surroundings look so beautiful. I love the fact that they prepared a nice, warm welcome for you.


    • rockytravel
      December 29, 2014 @ 9:46 am

      I loved the warm welcome! πŸ™‚ Have you ever housesitted in Australia, Jo?


  2. Narissa
    December 30, 2014 @ 5:41 pm

    I have never heard of travelers using house sitting an inexpensive way to travel, but it sounds like a great idea just as long as you find the right home owners! I just read Jeannie house sitting nightmare with the fleas but I am glad your house sitting experience was so positive! It looks like you had a great time.


    • rockytravel
      December 30, 2014 @ 6:03 pm

      Hi Narissa, I used the term “inexpensive way of staying” because it’s not for free, at least at the beginning, as you have to pay for your subscriptions for one or more housesitting websites. So, my first housesit experience wasn’t for free, but I loved the house and the home owners and I am thankful for that. My stay was less expensive than staying in a hostel, but way more comfortable! If you intend to housesit for long term travels, then it will definitely pay off and if you are lucky to find the right home owners and suitable housesit assignments, you get “free accommodation in exchange of little work” How wonderful is that! πŸ™‚


  3. Steph of Big World Small Pockets
    April 14, 2015 @ 6:42 am

    Hi Michela and great to hear your honest reviews of Australian housesitting. Its hilarious to think finding a sit can be as stressful as applying for a job because there is such stiff competition! We are currently in Australia, living in Queensland, but hoping to travel the country next year and housesit as we go. Its great to know in advance that a police check etc will help our chances, but I guess once you get a few good references you’re ok?


  4. Michela
    April 15, 2015 @ 12:48 pm

    Hi Steph, references in my opinions are way better than police check, because they tell home owners how good you are for the assingment if you are the ideal person to meet their needs while looking after their house and pets. Housesitting is all about the “perfect match”, references are the only honest information they have about you! Best wishes with your trip and first housit experience! πŸ™‚


  5. vanessa anderson
    September 29, 2015 @ 2:05 am

    We are heading to Australia to house sit for two months house sitting over Christmas, so was thrilled to come across your website. Will be settling down later to have a good read!! We are long term global house sitters, and if any of your readers want some general info on house sitting, we have a website
    Thanks again for a great website with superb content!


    • rockytravel
      September 29, 2015 @ 2:43 am

      Hey Vanessa, great to hear from you and glad you enjoyed the post. I only discovered house sitting a year ago and I am loving it. I can tell it’s easy to become addicted to it. Just checked out your fabulous website about your house sitting experiences! Look like an amazing journey. I am sure you will love to house sit in Australia! Let’s be in touch! πŸ™‚


  6. theaspiringdigitalnomad
    January 27, 2016 @ 9:33 am

    Thanks so much for this. I want to get into house sitting shortly and also wont have references. This gives me hope that with a bit of persistence and patience I can break through into house sitting regardless. Best of luck with your future housesitting adventures!


  7. Care Guide
    May 17, 2017 @ 8:44 pm

    Great and insightful article as always! Love your dedication to house sitting!


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