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

Backpacker Boogie Launch

Melbourne’s newest backpacker hostel ‘United Backpackers’ are getting jiggy with it, as today they launch ‘The Backpacker Boogie’, a social media dance competition for travellers across Australia this July. Peterpans Adventure Travel, […]

ATAS heralds a new era

The Australian travel industry has entered a new era this week with the launch of AFTA’s Travel Accreditation Scheme (ATAS). The scheme replaces a swathe of regulations including licensing requirements […]

Illegal accommodation: Fire reveals illegal camp

A massive fire at a Sydney industrial complex overnight has uncovered what appears to be an illegal backpacker’s camp. Firefighters were called to a blaze on Burrows Rd at Alexandria, […]

Whale swim an Australian first

Sunreef Mooloolaba is launching an Australian first – the opportunity to swim with humpback whales, making Australia one of only four places in the world where it is legal to […]

Working holiday visa’s seedy underbelly

Each year, more than 100,000 foreign visitors, the majority of which are backpackers, come to Australia on working holiday visas. The Australian Government’s Working Holiday Visa (WHV) programs were created […]