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

More horror stories emerge as there are calls for reform on the agricultural industry

  The mother of murdered backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 20, has been inundated with horror stories from backpackers who have travelled to Australia and experienced the “dark side” of farm work. […]

Retiring whale watch operator attributes backpackers to the company’s success

They’ve had a whale of a time but for Brian and Jill Perry, it’s time to sail away into the distance as they say goodbye to their Hervey Bay Whale Watch […]

Sydney skydive tragedy; an operator’s version of events

With all accidents, especially with those in adventure activities, the mainstream media has a real tendency to look for quick answers. The Byte contacted Russell Brown from Sydney Skydivers for […]

Second year working holiday visas, rural work and the perils for backpackers

In light of the deaths of two young backpackers travelling in Australia last August, the mother of Mia Ayliffe, Rosie Ayliffe (pictured), has launched a website to warn and also […]

New seasonal worker scheme to place Aussie job seekers on farms

Australian job seekers will soon be asked to fill a clear gap in farm labour, ins no small part caused by the backpacker tax. The Team’s Seasonal Workers Incentives Trial […]