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

Aussie unemployed youth v 417 visa holders

More than 650,000 Australian young people aged between 15 and 24 were unemployed or underemployed in February 2017. The jobless rate, at 13.5% is more than double the adult rate […]

Why travel agents are still so popular with Millennials (backpackers)

 In a digital age where pretty much all of our shopping can be transacted online, where most flights and it seems like all accommodation are now booked over the internet, […]

LYTE-TECH BYTE: Robots stealing backpacker jobs!

It’s bad enough that the Turnbull Government wants to give backpacker jobs back to Aussies, but soon there will be no jobs for any seasonal workers with the “rise of […]

INTERVIEW & SCOOP: Wicked Travel and Indie Travel bite the dust

UPDATED (12:30 16 May 2017). Consumers need to know: “In 2014 the Australian travel industry became deregulated as the Travel Compensation Fund (TCF) was abolished, backed by industry and government. […]

Rumours say … “457 becomes a 186/187 visa and application cost is likely to increase from $1...

Changes to the approved 457 occupation list –phase 1 The first phase of a number of intended changes to the approved occupations has already been implemented. This has two schedules, […]

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