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

Paranoid mum sparked a desperate manhunt by claiming backpacker couple were ‘missing in the ou...

Search for German backpackers was sparked by the mother of the husbandBenjamin and Nathalie Kress are travelling in a remote part of Western Australia The couple had not been heard from […]

American backpacker, 22, shares the seven ‘LIES’ told about Aussie life

An American traveller has shared the seven ‘lies’ he has uncovered about OzThe 22-year-old moved to Melbourne, Victoria, from Texas in October 2019He was brought up to believe that everybody […]

The cost of fruit and vegetables is set to soar by SIXTY per cent

Australian farmers will be missing around 71,000 seasonal workers  this yearThe slump will have an enormous impact on fresh produce, driving up prices Farmers have pleaded with authorities to introduce a […]

Backpackers to pick fruit, mind children under pilot proposal by farm and tourism groups

Backpackers prepared to pick fruit or work as au pairs could become the exception to Australia’s inbound travel ban under a pilot proposal by farm and tourism groups. Key points: […]

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says Australian coronavirus transmission too high for trans-Tasman ...

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has dismissed the prospect of a trans-Tasman travel bubble with Australia starting “anytime soon”. Key points: NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it would […]