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

COVID-19 quickens push for local workers at country’s largest blueberry co-op

Australia’s largest grower-owned blueberry cooperative has upped its determination to employ local workers, using labour-hire firms and moving away from using backpackers as COVID-19 forces the sector to rethink safety. […]

Adventure tourism operators shutting down amid insurance refusals

Unable to access insurance, several long-running adventure tourism businesses have shut up shop and fear their sector is in jeopardy. Key points: Adventure tourism operations are shutting down after insurers […]

Post Covid-19 Adventure Travel Industry Australia & NZ

Today feels like a truly legendary day: the first sale in almost 3 months! With restrictions lifting, it feels great looking towards the future again! We have had a lot […]

BYTAP – what we are doing to help the youth tourism industry

Like many of you, the company I work for (AIFS) has been heavily hit by the pandemic. It has not been an easy three months – I have had to […]

New backpacker app Backpicker aims to improving farm labour shortages

A former farm and mining worker hopes his new app will help ease labour shortages in Victoria’s north-west. Key points: Big demand in agriculture sector for foreign workers during picking […]