Mark Van Der HeijdenMark van der Heijden is a creative copywriter from Amsterdam who just last year, left his job to travel the world with an unique goal. He calls himself The Backpacker Intern and is leveraging his talents as a creative copywriter to land internships around the world in the fields of content marketing, advertising, and production in exchange for (get this) only food and somewhere to sleep.

This quest has led him to the TEDx stage in New York, The White House where we met, among the top 100 digital media influencers in travel, and most recently, Antarctica – which he’s just returned from and I can’t wait to hear all about.

Love what Mark’s doing and the extremely savvy and unique approach to using his travels to help others and perpetuate this idea that travel isn’t detrimental to your career. In fact, it makes you more desirable to employers.



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I’m a lifelong international traveler, the host of The Travelers podcast, and founder of Holocene, a framework and community for writing the story of your life using travel and creativity.