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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. Keith Kellett
    March 26, 2014 @ 7:15 am

    Not allowed to drive rentals at night? New one on me! I’ve rented several cars, usually from Hertz (Australia) & they’ve never said anything about that. (although they did say the insurance would be void if I took it offroad)

    I would add, though … give roadtrains plenty of space. They take forever to stop, and take no prisoners! 😀


    • Rocky Travel
      March 26, 2014 @ 10:49 am

      That’s correct, it’s not allowed to drive at night with a rental car! Beware if you do it and have an accident you are bound to pay the entire costs, as no travel insurance will cover you! Thanks for the tip with the roadtrains. 🙂


      • Keith Kellett
        December 29, 2015 @ 1:20 pm

        I checked with Hertz in Adelaide when I rented a car from them last month. You CAN drive it after dark …. BUT you’re fully liable for any damage caused by hitting any wildlife.

      • Rocky Travel
        December 30, 2015 @ 11:16 am

        Hi Keith, thanks for this update. I know that some car rentals companies allow you to drive at night, with this clause. I personally wouldn’t take the risk. There is no travel insurance that will cover you, in case of a damage caused. So I think it is silly to take this risk, unless you really have an emergency I wouldn’t drive at night. 🙂

  2. Agness
    July 20, 2017 @ 2:37 pm

    Your tips are very useful and practical! This is an exceptional post!


  3. Art
    July 22, 2017 @ 6:45 pm

    Hey, Michela. Wow, these are very detailed tips. Excellent! These are very helpful, especially for the solo travellers. I would like to add that even if you’re accustomed to driving on the left side, it’s still advisable to be careful because you may encounter other drivers who are not used to it. Also, never forget the first aid kit, tools, and necessary car accessories such as an air compressor.The guys from westcoastsuspension were the ones who helped me with what I needed for my 4WD for our long drive. Hope that helps.


  4. Sam
    August 26, 2017 @ 3:33 pm

    Very useful tips, thank you for the info! 🙂


  5. Linda Ballou
    June 21, 2018 @ 5:37 pm

    I have a california u.s. license. Do I need an international license in addition to rent a car in Austalia? Who do I contact to get an international license?


    • Rocky Travel
      June 21, 2018 @ 6:03 pm

      Hi Linda, yes you can drive in Australia with your US driving license, (because it’s in English and regarded as a valid license), however only for three months and as a tourist. You can only drive vehicles that your license allows.


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