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

Bring out the baklava, here come the Greeks

Young Australians will more easily be able to holiday, work and study in Greece with reciprocal Work and Holiday arrangements set to commence on 1 July 2019. Five hundred places […]

Labor to ban price parity clauses between online travel agencies and accommodation providers

A recent announcement by the Australian Labor Party is a breakthrough for our industry and consumers and is welcome news to the Accommodation Association of Australia (AAoA) who have been […]

Regional visa program extended, but farmers unimpressed

An attempt to address worker shortages in agriculture has been dismissed by farmers as “meaningless”. Key points: 18 new occupations announced as eligible for skilled worker visas in regional AustraliaOccupations […]

Perth Wildcats cultural change for success

There are few bigger success stories to come out of Australia in recent times than The Wiggles. With their catchy tunes and multicoloured outfits, they have captured the imagination of […]

Adventure Tourism Awards and Youth Conference – save the date

Adventure Queensland (AQ), the peak backpacking and independent travel industry body for Queensland is excited to announce the return of the Adventure Tourism Awards and Youth Tourism Conference that will […]