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

Latest backpacker stats revealed

The latest IVS (International Visitor Survey) have been released by Tourism Australia. The backpacker sector has been analysed and looks like this. Arrivals in September quarter: Down 5.5% to 2017 […]

Don’t let snakes and spiders put you off

Australia’s fauna seems to have a fearsome reputation in other parts of the world, and with our recent spate of shark attacks maybe we shouldn’t be surprised. But it was […]

Au Pairs given short change by Fair Work

A recent ruling by Fair Work will likely result in au pairs moving to the miscellaneous award. This decision is threatening the future of the au pair industry, and the […]

BYTAP banging the drum for the backpacker industry

The Backpacker Youth Tourism Advisory Panel (BYTAP) got together recently to strategise about how to best support efforts to increase backpacker visitation to Australia. BYTAP is an industry body that […]

ATV gets active in Victoria

Adventure Tourism Victoria (ATV) has been recently created due to the gap in representation for youth focused organisations at Government level. In recent years Victoria has not had an industry […]

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