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

BYTAP – what we are doing to help the youth tourism industry

Like many of you, the company I work for (AIFS) has been heavily hit by the pandemic. It has not been an easy three months – I have had to […]

New backpacker app Backpicker aims to improving farm labour shortages

A former farm and mining worker hopes his new app will help ease labour shortages in Victoria’s north-west. Key points: Big demand in agriculture sector for foreign workers during picking […]

Coronavirus crisis a ‘heaven-sent opportunity’ to reset national park tourism, advocates...

As a national parks advocate, Nick Sawyer has been more frustrated than most by the coronavirus-crisis park closures, but he’s seeing them as a chance to rethink tourism. Key points: […]

NSW Government to fund crisis accommodation for international students through coronavirus pandemic

The NSW Government has announced it will fund temporary crisis accommodation for stranded international students. Key points: NSW Minister Geoff Lee says foreign students need a helping hand24/7 support service […]

Backpackers working with BlazeAid create a bridge between varied cultures and fire-devastated farmer...

Playing Monopoly or building a volleyball court in a showground in a country town are not the images usually associated with international backpackers spending up to two years in Australia. […]