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

STAT BYTE: What are the latest Backpacker statistics?

The latest International Visitor Survey (IVS) results have been released today and backpacker statistics are not as gloomy as the sector may have predicted. For the year ending June 2017, the […]

Clare Police host event to educate backpackers on road safety

Teaching backpackers the unique Australian road rules and communicating the seriousness of it in a fun environment is the prerogative of the Clare Police in far north Queensland. The Clare […]

Most in demand jobs for backpackers revealed

As a backpacker, scoring a job in Australia and then getting sponsored is one of the best ways to ensure you can stay here for years to come.  Sponsored Employment […]

Christchurch hatch plan to lure backpackers back to their city

  Members of the Christchurch backpacker industry want to see the city reborn as a destination for youth travellers, not just an airport gateway. All Star’s Inn manager Phil Leslie […]

TECH BYTE: Millennials influenced as much by YouTube as web reviews for travel decisions

Young travellers find themselves motivated by video content and online reviews in equal measures when selecting products for a trip. Research by Phocuswright found that the influence on an 18 to […]

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