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

Gig economy under workers’ rights review

Home-delivery services like Uber Eats and Deliveroo may be popular with punters, but their rapid expansion in Australia has been accompanied by tales of worker exploitation. Those who deliver meals […]

Good news for WHV farmworkers

First it was a pipedream. Then it was a definite goer to be announced within weeks. Now the new class of visa for farm workers has been shelved indefinitely. The ag […]

Death by Instagram and overtourism, Bali, Thailand, Byron Bay

September 19th, 2018 No Comments

Have you sweltered in long queues with hordes of other tourists or scrambled for a patch of sand at a busy will call back beach? Then you’ve had a taste […]

Aussies and Canadians WHV age increase to 35

The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and the Honourable Peter Dutton, Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs, today announced an agreement to expand the age range in […]

Is this the end of free healthcare for backpackers?

Calls to end free healthcare for tourists after revelations foreigners’ medical treatments are costing taxpayers $30 MILLION a year. NSW Health Minister wants to crack down on free healthcare for […]

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