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

Serious threat to the WHV by the ACTU

Labor and the union movement has sparked a pre-election war with farmers over its plan to restrict access to working holiday maker visas. From The Daily Telegraph: The Australian Council […]

Australian Chamber of Commerce comes out swinging on behalf of the WHV

Australia’s peak body of tourism organisations, Australian Chamber-Tourism, is concerned by reports today that the Unions would be applying strong pressure on a possible Labor Government to wind back the […]

Backpackers targeted by criminals

Stanthorpe police are urging residents to keep their cars and houses locked as property crime reaches its peak this time of year. Stanthorpe officer in charge, Senior Sergeant Gerard Brady, […]

Fly London to Sydney with Qantas?

Non-stop flights between Sydney and London appear to be a step closer after Qantas bosses meet with officials from aircraft makers Boeing and Airbus. Pictured is a Qantas 787 Dreamliner, […]

NSW Central Coast soon to get WHV restrictions lifted

Regional Development Australia, Central Coast, (RDACC) has applauded the decision by the Australian Government to address working holiday visa restrictions to help address the critical labour shortage facing Australia’s agricultural […]