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

Jucy Pod hotel opens at Christchurch Airport, plans for more

Christchurch Airport hopes New Zealand’s first pod-style hotel will help solve the problem of passengers bunking down in its terminal. As part of its expansion into building shops, office parks […]

Aussies like their fruit and vege to be cheap, but what the cost? Another backpacker exploitation st...

Another expose from mainstream media into the terrible conditions some backpackers endure when working towards their second year visa has this time revealed stories of sexual abuse, slave labour and […]

Good and bad news in backpacker tax debacle

The backpacker tax has been reviewed and it’s a mixed bag of results for farmers and backpackers alike. After 1,700 submissions (99.9% against the tax), the Federal Government has finally agreed […]

Backpacker tax could force fruit pickers to live below poverty line

The 19% tax rate is seen as an improvement on the proposed 32.5% by many. For those working in piecework jobs, it’s going to mean slim pickings. Most fruit picking, […]

New site aims to combat illegal camping, connects campers with land owners

  Campers, vanpackers and adventurers alike know there are so many beautiful places on private land that would make great camping spots…. if only there was a way for travellers […]

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