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 is broken. It’s time for a new model

Survival of the fittest leads to cannibalism, evolution leads to dead ends.  Covid-19 has devastated most tourism companies. Business was literally brought to a stand-still in what felt like an instant. What […]

Traveltalk poll: how many people use physical travel agents?

Traveltalk asked 500 consumers about their travel booking habits – and the results are in… The relevance of bricks and mortar travel agents in an increasingly tech-focused world is a […]

Female backpackers signal liking for traffic control in search of second-year WHV

Rather than working on orchards or cattle farms, word has spread among female backpackers in the Top End about another industry that’s on the move. The young women are opting […]

Print Lives: the travel brochure is still relevant in the digital world

For decades, tour operators have been printing costly paper brochures in order to better illustrate and sell their destinations and itineraries. And despite the hefty investment, the onset of the […]

Digital era doesn’t diminish need for printed brochures in tourism industry

You can’t miss them in hotels, hostels and airports – rows and rows of brightly coloured brochures and maps touting tourist attractions. In an era when most people turn to […]