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

Byron Bay Council wants a tax on Airbnb beds

As the housing crisis reaches breaking point in the NSW tourist hotspot of Byron Bay, the local shire council is considering implementing a bed tax for visitors and a proper […]

Company fined for ‘slave’ conditions & backpackers are ‘especially vulnerable’

A Colombian student was threatened with deportation, an Italian student was told to ‘kiss my ass’ after requesting unpaid wages, and another struggled to support her partner through cancer treatment. […]

Local fears that new St Kilda hostel will turn area into ‘trashy party town’

A soon to be built hostel on Punt Road in St Kilda is already a major cause for concern for the local council who believe the area will be ruined […]

Adventure Travel & Backpackers Expo is up For Sale / Seeking Offers

After three years of owning and running the Adventure Travel & Backpackers Expo, Stephen Choularton of OFM Exhibitions has put the business up for sale. An industry insider broke the […]

Gatton hostel owner fined (again) for unsafe conditions

Mayla Patterson, a hostel owner in Gatton Queensland, has been fined $50,000 and narrowly avoided jail time for failing to make her accommodation fire-safety compliant. If you think the name Mayla Patterson […]

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