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

What has coronavirus done to the millennial version of the great Australian dream?

Locked out of a housing market that blew out beyond their means, young Australians have embraced a different way of living in recent years. If Australia can’t provide a house, […]

Backpacker survey results by Adventure Queensland

Please see below results (as well as attached) for Backpacker surveys that Adventure Queensland helped to facilitate for the Queensland Government’s Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development last week. Backpacker […]

Working Holiday Maker (WHM) program

​Latest news Bushfire recovery efforts to count as ‘specified work’ On 17 February 2020, th​e Government announced changes to the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa program to assist communities to […]

Pallets with Purpose: A Get Lost Travel Group Innovation

The Get Lost Travel Group have traded buses and passengers, for pallets and power tools, launching an inspirational diversification during the COVID-19 crisis.  Under normal circumstances, GLT employs 70 staff […]

Tourism is broken. It’s time for a new model

Survival of the fittest leads to cannibalism, evolution leads to dead ends.  Covid-19 has devastated most tourism companies. Business was literally brought to a stand-still in what felt like an instant. What […]