Author's Profile

Mike Barrow
Mike arrived in Sydney in 1989 as a typical British backpacker with $17 and one phone number. He also decided Sydney was paradise living in a three bedroom unit with 17 other backpackers. He eventually managed to get a proper job in a small backpacking publishing company. After spending four years trying to get residency, Mike finally 'got in' and set up his own company, Travel Maps Australia in 1993. In 2000 the Company rebranded to THE WORD and in 2014 started The Byte. Mike lives in Sydney's northern beaches, keeps fit and healthy and wouldn't live anywhere else.

Recent Articles

Rumours say … “457 becomes a 186/187 visa and application cost is likely to increase from $1...

Changes to the approved 457 occupation list –phase 1 The first phase of a number of intended changes to the approved occupations has already been implemented. This has two schedules, […]

LYTE BYTE: Meet ‘Cluck Norris’, the outback rooster who thinks he’s a kangaroo

Roadhouses in regional and rural Australia have long tried to set themselves apart from the rest. As a result, a traveller does not have to go far in the outback without […]

LYTE BYTE: A paid sex break for backpackers could increase fertility rates amongst European countrie...

This week it’s all about sex — or rather, a lack of it —and what appears to be a trend in countries who are encouraging their populations to rise up […]

Who is responsible for the safety of travellers? Govt/themselves/industry. All 3?

The mother of British traveller Mia Ayliffe-Chung (who was fatally stabbed in Queensland), says the Australian Government must do more to protect young travellers in regional areas. Rosie Ayliffe made […]

WHMs – the numbers & Global Youth Working Holiday Maker Campaign details

Last week we looked at the figures for the 15-29 year old market, aptly called the ‘youth’ market by Tourism Australia (TA). This week we are looking at the Working […]

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