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 Australia and STA Travel team up to promote Australia Inc.

Tourism Australia has teamed with up with STA Travel in the UK to roll-out a month-long roadshow as part of the Australia Inc. campaign to promote working holidays Down Under. Running until […]

Wicked Campers faces the wrath of Country Women’s Association over slogans on its vans

The Country Women’s Association (CWA) has Wicked Campers in its sights over its “sexist, misogynist and racist slogans” painted on its vans. Key points: A slogan on a Wicked Camper-owned […]

Mildura labour hire operator jailed

A MILDURA labour hire operator has been jailed for six months for tax fraud offences related to ‘phoenix activity’ in the horticulture industry. Suleyman Erdogan, 51, was convicted in the […]

Brexit hits the NZ backpacker market and spending plunges by $167m

A $167 million drop in spending by youth travellers has the tourism industry worried as British and German backpackers give New Zealand a miss. Backpacker and adventure tourism businesses are writing a […]

Visa overstayers fly under the radar during federal election campaign

The Gold Coast is a famous destination for visitors from around the world, but its attraction sometimes means people stay a little too long. So while major political parties often […]