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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. Brian Moore
    September 29, 2015 @ 10:43 am

    Hi Michela,

    What a great, informative article. My wife and I are in the UK but I’ve got a sister who lives in Sydney and housesitting would be a fantastic way to spend some time with her without being under her feet, as well as see more of other parts of Australia. At the moment we keep our house sitting and petsitting activities to the UK as we run an online gift store, but we are hoping to develop the business in a way that enables us to travel overseas. We started housesitting and pet sitting in March of this year and have used it to explore the Cornish South Coast, Cheltenham, the Pewsey Downs in Surrey, the Pennines in Lancashire, Somerset, the Chiltern Hills, Hampshire and Colchester. At present, we are back in Cornwall looking after the same dog we looked after in March, plus chickens, ducks and geese. Free eggs, a bulging orchard, productive vegetable garden in a beautiful converted mill just a mile from the beach make it good way to end the British summer. We’re off to Royal Tunbridge Wells next and Chichester Harbour shortly thereafter. If you, or anyone else in Australia is thinking of housesitting and petsitting while visiting the UK, please feel welcome to take a look at our website: where I have some catching up to do but am trying to do a blog article of each house sitting assignment we undertake. Good luck with your further adventures!


    • Gara
      March 14, 2016 @ 8:34 am

      Consider home exchange also, Brian. I live in Sydney, but grew up in Britain and I do home exchanges every couple of years to Britain. We usually exchange cars too, so no need to hire a car!


  2. Rocky Travel - Solo Travel Over 50
    September 30, 2015 @ 2:15 am

    Thanks for your reply and your info about your house sitting website and blog, Brian. I like UK, was a student in London 25 years ago and have lovely memories of my travels in the wonderful English green countryside. Scotland was one of the places I loved most and would like to return, so I will definitely use your website for more info about house sitting in UK. All the best to you too and yes if you come to Sydney you will love house sitting in Australia, plenty of homes in fabulous locations. People here are not so fussy about police check like in other countries, because what counts in the end is your character and how trustworthy your are! Happy travels and housesitting around the world! Cheers, Michela ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Reni
    September 30, 2015 @ 5:59 am

    Thanks Michaela, for the very useful guide about housesitting in Australia. We never tried but we would love to. Hopefully next year. We have not signed up to a housesitting website. Your tips will help us to get started.

    Thanks again,


    • Rocky Travel - Solo Travel Over 50
      September 30, 2015 @ 6:07 am

      Hi Reni, indeed house sitting is becoming very popular all over the world. In Australia there is a large offer but also a high demand. But worth’s trying out and if you are on long term travel it definitely help you save thousands of dollars on accommodation! Glad you find the post useful. Thanks for stopping by. ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. Red Nomad OZ
    October 2, 2015 @ 10:17 am

    This is a great article, Michela – and it’s good to see how it worked for you. It’d be interesting to try it as an Aussie traveller too if we wanted a break from the camper trailer! Have a great weekend!


    • Rocky Travel - Solo Travel Over 50
      October 2, 2015 @ 1:35 pm

      Oh yes, housesitting has worked wonderful for me on my solo travels. I don’t know why I waited so long to give it a go ๐Ÿ™‚ It could be great for you too. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend!


    • Robyn-Lea Schulz
      April 12, 2016 @ 6:26 am

      G’Day Red Nomad Oz. Yes indeed more and more grey nomads (sorry…no offence meant…in fact i see you have red hair ๐Ÿ™‚ are doing just that – taking a break from the rigours of the road by house sitting from time to time. Michela’s choice of house sitting websites for travelling Down Under was spot on. Aussie House Sitters are one of the four best platforms for house sitting Australia and is featured on Compare HouseSitting – a great one stop shop for house sitting Australia. Happy travels!


      • Rocky Travel - Solo Travel Over 50
        April 14, 2016 @ 11:15 am

        Hi Robyn, thanks for weighing in. I like Aussie House Sitters better than other house sitting websites with focus on Australia. It has a clear and easy to use interface with all the necessary functionalities. I can highly recommend it. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Robyn-Lea Schulz
        April 15, 2016 @ 1:48 am

        You’re spot on, Michela! Aussie House Sitters are easier to use than the others – very easy to navigate. Not only that, but Aussie attracts more home owner ads than other house sitting website. They publish their stats for the past 3 months on their home page – impressive! Jan, Feb, March 2016 = 1,225, 1,310, 1,453 respectively. No other site is so open about their statistics.

  5. Dale
    October 12, 2015 @ 2:11 pm

    An incredibly well written and informative article, especially from the point of view of someone who’s house sat extensively in Europe, but not outside of the region.

    We’ve been invited to visit Australia so many times but have always been unsure about how the Australian system works, but now after reading this I understand it perfectly.


    • Rocky Travel - Solo Travel Over 50
      October 15, 2015 @ 8:34 pm

      Glad you found this article informative and useful for your travels to Australia. It’s an easy country in terms of burocracy and there is not the hassle that we are used to in Europe. However all 6 states have their own rules and regulations, somehow this makes it difficult for travellers to understand how things work. Housesitting in Australia is easier than in other countries because home owners are not so fussy like in other countries where you need to get a police check if you want to get started. Happy travels and if you need any tips don’t hesitate to ask! ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. Ralph Quito
    April 28, 2017 @ 7:55 am

    Another great read thanks to you Michela! I am always amazed at how you are able to write and make your readers feel that they are just talking to a friend. My favorite part is “What you need to know before signing up”. Keep writing please!


  7. Paul Rought
    February 1, 2020 @ 5:04 am

    Hi Michaela

    We have just signed up for Trusted Housesitters and are heading to Australia later this year so this post has been of enormous help. We have completed our first sit and have another lined up for March. They are both in the UK though so great to read tips for getting sits in other countries.

    We are hugely flexible in where we go in Australia as we will be there for a few months. Do you think that is a benefit or more of a hindrance??

    Thanks again


    • Rocky Travel - Solo Travel Over 50
      February 7, 2020 @ 1:07 pm

      Hi Paul, lovely to hear you found this post useful and signed up with Trusted Housesitters. I’m not sure if I got your question right, you are asking whether being in Australia for a few months will benefit or hinder you. It depends if you have a thought-out plan for it, then the more time you spend the better, who knows when you are going back to Australia again? So try to maximise your time. You can check out this page if you want a great and Australia Solo Travel Guide Book, helping you with your trip planning. Let me know if you have any questions. ๐Ÿ™‚


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