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

Labour Hire now licensed in Queensland – tell backpackers NOW!

Labour hire licensing laws have recently been introduced in Queensland, meaning that any Labour Hire companies (often know as contractors) must be licensed to operate in Queensland. So if you […]

Is Cradle Mountain suffering from over tourism?

Howard Smith runs a tour operation at Cradle Mountain and should be happy that tourism in Tasmania is booming. But the prospect of more visitors to Cradle Mountain is keeping […]

Farmers want AG Visa but what about the WHV?

Fruit and vegetable growers say a lack of workers is keeping a lid on industry growth and leaving hundreds of tonnes of fruit at risk of being left on the […]

Have you seen this man?

October 16th, 2018 No Comments

‘I am vanishing … no tears’: The last words a Swedish teenager ever said to his father have convinced him his son is still alive, more than a decade after […]

88 days spoiled by a few bad farmers

Six months into her holiday, French backpacker Ludmilla Cek posted an online ad looking for farm work. She received a response from one farmer which sounded promising. “It was four […]

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