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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

Kindness pandemic spreads in Manjimup, WA, to help backpackers during COVID-19

Imagine backpacking on the other side of the world when a global pandemic is declared. Key points: A small community in WA’s south west actively welcomed backpackers during COVID-19 while […]

Backpacker employer Bradford Clark Rosten fined $65,000 over farm death linked to heat stress

A North Queensland businessman has been fined $65,000 over the death of an international backpacker who collapsed with heat stress while picking fruit in the Burdekin region. Key points: A […]

Accom industry responds to BUDGET 2020

October 28th, 2020 No Comments

Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) National CEO Michael Johnson is pleased that the government listened to industry concerns with the Federal Budget focus on jobs and regional tourism was a welcome […]

Paradise interrupted – how will Byron Bay recover?

October 1st, 2020 Comment (1)

The Byron Bay of our Instagram feeds is as beautiful as ever. But take a trip to the coastal town, and you’ll find businesses in peril, and locals running out […]

Queensland tourism sector booming as holidaymakers hit the road to explore own backyard

October 1st, 2020 Comment (1)

Queenslanders have heeded the call to explore their own backyard with some tourist destinations reporting a 200 per cent increase in demand, while others are the busiest they have been […]