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

Underpaid international students struggle with cost of living as COVID-19 prevents travel home

Nav Mittal says prospective Indian university students are sold an unrealistic dream about moving to Australia. Key points: International students say COVID-19 has exacerbated the chronic issue of underpaymentSome students […]

Business pushing hard to open state borders during coronavirus, but leading economists urge caution

September 8th, 2020 No Comments

Business groups pressuring politicians to reopen state borders quickly should not ignore the health and economic benefits of the coronavirus lockdowns, two leading economists say. Key points: Tourism executives sign […]

Remote-work visas will shape the future of work, travel and citizenship

Some even predicted that how we travel would change forever. Those in power that broke travel bans caused scandals. The empty skies and hopes that climate change could be tackled were […]

Australians urged to backpack in their own backyards and stop fruit going to rot

A Queensland strawberry grower is calling on Australians to “pick for their country” in a bid to stop fruit going to rot amid the labour shortage. Key points: The horticulture […]

Tourism operators and the Government want to give you a ‘kick up the bum’ to rethink you...

August 18th, 2020 No Comments

Ever since COVID-19 shut Australia’s borders, the message from the tourism industry has been clear: plan a holiday at home. Key points: Domestic travel spending plummeted by $11 billion in […]