We’ve heard of exceptional travellers who have quit their jobs and set out on world trips. But here is one smart ass traveller who realised his love for travelling without compromising his career or his bank balance. Meet Mark van der Heijden from Amsterdam, a young creative copywriter by profession.
Bitten by the travel bug, he too wanted to see the world, travel around, and have the time of his life. But travelling is expensive. So this creative ad guy came out with a novel concept of bartering his work for food and shelter. He created a video of himself offering his creative services to companies, and in return he did not want money but only a place to sleep in and a meal to survive.
He put out an ad saying:
“Helping out agencies, brands and charities. But I don’t want to get paid. I just want to trade: a day of my work for food and a place to sleep. My mission is to gain experience on 7 continents and I hope to inspire people with my story along the way and on the web.”
The idea really picked up well with ad and media agencies, and he received around 750 offers from all over the world.
Over the course of almost two years that he spent travelling, he visited 27 countries, in 7 continents and worked with 32 companies. Rather than sacrificing his career for travel, he has made a name for himself and worked with advertising giants like JWT Buenos Aires, Ogilvy Cape Town, DDB Vietnam, Red Bull Austria. He had his share of adventure too when he assisted One Ocean Expeditions in Antarctica. Besides that, he also worked with legendary hitmaker Nile Rodgers, served .
From An Intern To CEO
Far from facing stagnancy in his career, he has given it an amazing boost. After setting an example before the world, he launched his own company, Wanderbrief, this year. The initiative provides a platform to those who want to travel without sacrificing their careers. It connects companies and candidates wanting to work in exchange of accommodation and food..
Check out some of his travel adventures:
In Antarctica, climbing a snow mountain.
Saying goodbye after an amazing week with Unicef, New Zealand:
Paragliding in Cape Town
Attempting one of the highest cliff jumps in the world, in Queenstown, New Zealand.