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

Adventure Tourism Awards – VOTE NOW!!

Consumer voting for the Adventure Tourism Awards kicked off from Monday 3 September! Interest in the Adventure Tourism Awards has been overwhelming with over 200 businesses across Australia and NZ being […]

Backpackers harassed, overworked on Aussie farms

THE stories of backpackers being exploited, abused and worked to the bone on Aussie farms simply to score a second year in the country are endless. It’s almost a rite […]

Mildura, a backpacker’s 88 days nightmare

SCAMS, withheld pay and atrocious working and living conditions have earned one Aussie city a notorious reputation among backpackers looking to extend their visas through farm work. The agricultural hub […]

Hostelworld feel the heat

Hostelworld Group is the latest European travel company to bemoan the continent’s long, hot summer and its impact on bookings. The company on Tuesday blamed the heat wave as well […]

Youth Tourism Conference 2018

The Youth Tourism Conference is a dedicated one-day conference solely focused on addressing the challenges and opportunities that effect youth tourism in Australia and New Zealand. Held on the 14th […]

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