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

Adventure Travel Expo sale finalised

After 8 fantastic years owning and running the Adventure Travel & Backpackers expo series, Andrew Paltridge has announced yesterday that the business has been sold to OFM Exhibitions Pty Ltd  – a […]

Tribute to Kimberly Mustchin

It is with deep regret that YHA advises that Kimberly Mustchin (formerly YHA’s Northern Region Manager) passed away on 12 June 2014 after a grave illness. Kimberly had worked with […]

Direct bookings fuelling hotel growth

In the early days of the Internet as a distribution channel, hotels unintentionally relinquished much control of their bookings to intermediaries, viewing it as a convenient way to make their […]

Q&A: Farewell from the Funster

New South Wales Best Job in the World winner, Andrew Smith, will hang up his Chief Funster hat this week, after six months of promoting Sydney and NSW to the […]

More reef madness

We received a strong response to our story on the Federal Government’s current plan for dredging at the Abbott Point port terminal in the Whitsundays („Dredging up trouble on the […]