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

Surf Camp rolls with the punches

Guy Olbourne of Surf Camp Australia in Gerroa is relieved the Federal Government has extended its JobKeeper scheme, albeit with some format changes. “It will enable us to keep jobs […]

Fears of a ‘labour crisis’ as number of backpackers working in Australia plummets

There are warnings a sharp drop off in working holiday visa makers will have severe consequences for Australia’s agriculture and tourism industries. Australia’s tourism and farming sectors will be severely […]

Backpacker tax not discriminatory, court says, denying 75,000 working holiday-makers ATO money

In a win for the Australian Tax Office (ATO), a full bench of the Federal Court has ruled the Government’s controversial backpacker tax is not discriminatory. Key points: The Federal […]

Tourism operators in SA’s outback face bleak 2020 despite post-COVID-19 uptick

A small bump in the number of people visiting the South Australian outback has given publicans and tourism operators a brief respite, but they’re facing a difficult battle in the […]

Backpackers in Tasmania look to the mainland, waiting for COVID-19 pandemic restrictions to ease

When backpacker Alberto Villa moved to Tasmania in January, he didn’t expect his working holiday in the state would last until winter. Key points: Backpackers are staying in Tasmania far […]