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

LYTE BYTE: Meet ‘Cluck Norris’, the outback rooster who thinks he’s a kangaroo

Roadhouses in regional and rural Australia have long tried to set themselves apart from the rest. As a result, a traveller does not have to go far in the outback without […]

Jailed tourism business owner fined over makeshift Sydney accommodation

A Japanese born businessman created a shanty town of tourist accommodation for travelers and foreign students in an old bus park in an industrial area of Sydney. In 2014 a […]

Backpacker has second year visa rejected because she was paid like a slave!

Earning slave wages is one thing, but to endure three months of it only to have your Second Working Holiday Maker Visa (subclass 417) rejected because of it is another. […]

LYTE BYTE: A paid sex break for backpackers could increase fertility rates amongst European countrie...

This week it’s all about sex — or rather, a lack of it —and what appears to be a trend in countries who are encouraging their populations to rise up […]

Uber expands its offering into regional cities and is upsetting cabbies everywhere.

Love it or loathe it, the ride-sharing service Uber isn’t going anywhere and just announced plans to begin servicing the regional cities of Cairns, Wollongong, Townsville and the Hunter Valley. […]

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