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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

The Blame Game

The tragic death of a young backpacker a few weeks ago in Central Australia has for me once again raised the issue of personal responsibility in adventure travel. Australia is […]

Adventure Travel Awards: Categories announced

Voting for the Adventure Travel Awards opens in the first week of August with a never-before-used voting system. The exciting new voting innovation which will be announced next week, will help legitimise the […]

Tigerair wants ‘fair go’ at Sydney T2

July 4th, 2014 No Comments

Tigerair Australia today called on the support of industry and government for fair and equitable access to existing infrastructure at Sydney Airport. Following issues with access to existing infrastructure and […]

Byron Bay BOA – Beach Ball a huge success

Last week on the 27th of June, the Byron Bay BOA sub-committee organised a charity fund raiser event for ‘Our Kids’ at Byron Beach Cafe on Clarkes Beach. The event […]

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, […]