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

5 signs you know you are a Xennial backpacker (a what backpacker?)

If you don’t feel like you belong to the Gen Y or Gen X crowd but definitely feel too old to be a space-cadet Millennial, chances are you are somewhere […]

Uluru climbs banned by National Park board from 2019

Climbing Uluru is set to be a thing of the past after the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board decided unanimously to ban the activity, starting in 2019. How would a ban […]

How a postcode glitch means farmers are turning backpackers away

For backpackers trying to obtain a second year work visa, the numbers are very important. The hours, the dates, and especially the (regional) postcode. One remote farming area in southern […]

Canberra named in world’s top 10 cities to visit in 2018

Bill Bryson, a famous travel book writer, stated in his bestseller ‘Down Under’ about his travels in Australia, that Canberra is on the ‘tick list’ as one of the must […]

Ocean Rafting 20 years and still quacking!

Ocean Rafting celebrated 20 years of operation on Friday night at a fun filled party held at the company’s home base at Abel Point Marina, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays. Following the […]