My mission: Ignite your creativity

Mark van der Heijden (1986) originates from the south of Holland, a quaint country known for tulips, cheese, clogs, and coffee shops. After being submerged in the Amsterdam ad scene for seven years, Mark waved goodbye to his job as a copywriter, tossed his home into a backpack, and hit the world as ‘The Backpacker Intern‘ helping out agencies, brands and charities in exchange for room and board. The journey has brought him to 27 countries on 7 continents where he worked at 32 companies such as TBWAChiatDay LA, Red Bull HQ Austria, UNICEF New Zealand, Ogilvy Cape Town, Amnesty International Thailand and JWT Buenos Aires.

Mark shared his story at TEDxTeen in NYC, SXSW Festival, Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, was invited by The White House, featured by Mashable as Inspiring Travel Instagrammer to follow and is one of the Top 100 Most Influential Travel Bloggers in the World.

In February 2016 Mark co-founded Wanderbrief, a social platform that makes the Digital Nomad life easy. Their mission is to give everyone on the planet the freedom to work remotely while travelling the world.

Within one year Wanderbrief has grown into a community of 8000+ professionals from 100 countries working with companies such as WeWork, Adobe and Vodafone. In June 2016 Wanderbrief was selected for the prestigious R/GA Lions Innovation Start-Up Academy and the company recently became runner-up for ‘Best Work Experience Provider’ at the World Travel Awards.

Besides working on his own startup, Mark is an experienced Public Speaker at events all over the planet, mentor at TechCrunch Startup Weekend, Creative Consultant for companies such as Wieden + Kennedy and has his own podcast 'Wake-Up Calls' where he interviews the world's most inspiring people about their morning ritual.

All of the above adds to his personal mission in life: 'Ignite your creativity'.

Let’s create some magic together

Partner up, become a member or collaborate with Wanderbrief. At Wanderbrief we make the Digital Nomad life easy. Our mission is to give everyone on the planet the freedom to work remotely while travelling the world. If you’re a freelancer, entrepreneur, digital nomad, owner of a co-working space or travel related brand that’s interested to shape the future of work and travel with us, drop me an email

Hire me as a Freelance Creative Consultant, I'm strategically driven, know my way around new technologies, have an understanding of markets on every continent and love to get my hands dirty. Companies I've had the pleasure to work with: W+K, TBWAChiatDay, Ogilvy, DDB, Saatchi & Saatchi, Brandbase, Vodafone, Audi, KLM, Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders, Hallmark, and many more.

Book me as a speaker like I did at TEDxTeen NYC, Cannes Lions, SXSW Festival, United Nations HQ and +50 other events worldwide. For more info and bookings check my speaker profile.

Collaborate with my Podcast, I have a show called Wake Up Calls where I find out how the world’s most inspiring people kick-off their day.

Let me write articles about tech, travel, music and entrepreneurship for your company or media outlet like I do for AdobeVirgin and

I’ve had the pleasure to work with

Daniel Cachandt, Creative Director Red Bull HQ Austria“Mark can really give wings to any team, providing a lot of knowledge, being inspirational, creating fresh ideas.”

Paul Finnis, Director Saigon Children’s Charity: “Mark made a memorable "mark" on the staff here. He quickly gets to grips with what needs to be done and then does it!”

Chester de Vries, Creative Director LEMZ: “Mark is ambitious, unwavering, fearless, and he makes jokes that happen to be quite funny haha. Pretty much everything that you look for in a copywriter.”

Daniel Gordon Jones, Managing Director DDB Vietnam: "Mark is highly enthusiastic, energetic and full of great ideas. We really appreciated his talent to add extra dimension and spark to our creative team.”

Josh Harris, Communications Manager at International Medical Corps UK“I would recommend Mark as an asset to any brand or campaign."

Chris Rawlinson, Innovation Director Ogilvy Cape Town: “Having a global perspective from Wanderbrief inspired us at Ogilvy in new ways of coming up with innovative solutions for business problems.”

I’m proud of:

+ Having worked on 7 continents
+ My mom (57) who runs half marathons
+ My dad (61) who climbs mountains

If you’re interested in working together please contact me below. 

“Think less, do more.”