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

Tourism operators in SA’s outback face bleak 2020 despite post-COVID-19 uptick

A small bump in the number of people visiting the South Australian outback has given publicans and tourism operators a brief respite, but they’re facing a difficult battle in the […]

Backpackers in Tasmania look to the mainland, waiting for COVID-19 pandemic restrictions to ease

When backpacker Alberto Villa moved to Tasmania in January, he didn’t expect his working holiday in the state would last until winter. Key points: Backpackers are staying in Tasmania far […]

Federal Government pledges $233 million to boost tourism in national parks post-coronavirus

The Federal Government will spend $233 million on tourism and infrastructure projects across five major natural attractions, in a bid to help the struggling tourism sector recover from the “economic […]

Backpacker Youth Tourism Advisory Panel (BYTAP) bites back

As covered in last month’s The Byte, a reinvigorated Backpacker Youth Tourism Advisory Panel (BYTAP) is currently in overdrive, furiously advocating on behalf of the sector. With the welcome news that […]

Fire destroys backpacker hostel, pub in Bundaberg CBD

A fire has destroyed a popular pub and backpacker hostel in the Queensland town of Bundaberg. Key points: The cause of the blaze is yet to be determinedQFES area commander […]