Mark van der Heijden | The digital nomad

“I’m here to tell you how to become the best Thai gardener the world has ever seen…


… Not really, but if you want to go that way – let me know, I can hook you up”



With a slightly depressing story about cycling in the rain, Mark van der Heijden immediately grabs the attention of the Amsterdam audience.


Mark: “I really thought, is this it? Is this going to be it for the rest of my life? No, it wasn’t.” He discovered his vocation as ‘The Backpacker Intern’.


In his talk, he pleads for a ‘digital nomad’ lifestyle, which allows to combine traveling the world and gaining a living. As a digital nomad “your daily routine is different. Every day is an adventure.”


“By travelling and going out there, I got to know so many interesting people. The barriers between human beings started to disappear. While we may not be the same culturally speaking, we are all connected. The more people you know, the more you know yourself. All of us are on this journey of life. Imagine a life where your root to life is always different. Along the way, it won’t always be easy. You’ll face fears, but ultimately, you’ll discover that the final destination is yourself.”