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

Call for Airbnb crackdown to target investors, holiday homes in Western Australia

WA’s biggest tourism lobby group has called for a crackdown on Airbnb, pushing for a ban on the use of residential properties for tourist accommodation unless someone is living there. […]

Lonely Planet has a new boss

Lonely Planet has named Luis Cabrera as its new president and CEO. Cabrera doesn’t have a media background and his previous role was as a partner at BCG Digital Ventures, a corporate investment […]

Working holiday visa changes: Eligible age increases to 35 for some countries

An undisclosed number of countries are negotiating with the Australian government on the possibility of increasing the eligible age limit for working holiday visas, after it was announced that a similar […]

Wake Up! top the Aussies in HOSCARs Awards

Wake Up! Sydney and Wake Up! Byron Bay have earned top honours at the 2019 hostelword.com HOSCARs Awards. Sydney placed seventh in the Extra-Large Hostel category and Byron Bay finished tenth in […]

Kakadu tourism on the rise

New data shows visitation to Kakadu National Park has reached its highest point in a decade, despite grim outlooks for the Northern Territory‘s tourism sector elsewhere. Meryl Triggs from the […]

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