Who is The Common Wanderer?

Couple jumping in the Namibian Desert



We’re an everyday Australian couple who love travel and adventure. In fact, we love it so much that in 2015 we swapped our everyday lives for something more extraordinary; trading office cubicles and chats by the water cooler for life on the road and real human connections instead.

Our great leap into the big wild began with only the bags on our backs, our DSLR cameras and notebook in our hands, the promise of adventure, and a one-way flight to Singapore.

Since then, we’ve explored over 30 countries together, hiked the Himalayas in Nepal, watched the sun rise over the temples of Bagan, run down Namibian sand dunes, delved into history in Europe, swam in vast oceans, safaried the African savannah, and explored ancient Cambodian jungles.

Travel and adventure bloggers The Common Wanderer

We created The Common Wanderer to share some of the incredible, humbling, exciting places and human stories we discovered during our travels, and hope that through them, you’re inspired to be a wanderer too. 

We promise to stoke your wanderlust through our travel and adventure narratives, in-depth guides, interviews, travel tips, and to encourage you to wander in whichever direction you choose. 



Mark-The-Common-WandererNickname | Bortsa

Passions | Photography, videography and sport

Tools | Sony A7R2, 35mm f1.8, 17-70mm f2.8, 70-200mm f4, Canon G7x, Joby Gorilla Pod, Adobe Creative Suite

First overseas holiday | America as a five year old

Favourite destinationNepal

Favourite cityCape Town

Best travel experience | Road trippin’ through Namibia

Worst travel experience | Being bitten by a snake in Malawi

Favourite food | Eatalian (see what I did there!?), including gelato, pesto, pizza, bruschetta. Nom.

Bortsa to his mates, Mark’s a weet-bix fuelled explorer. With a German granddad,  Tanzanian grandmother, Namibian mum, and English dad, travel is literally in his blood. He’s the unadventurous half of TCW and pretty boring IRL; despises photography, thinks “nature is lame” and refuses to do fun things like hike Kilimanjaro, the Annapurna Circuit, and Everest Base Camp. He’s also extremely sarcastic and loves to joke! In all seriousness, he’s all about exploring the world, documenting his love of nature with his camera… and dodging all of Mim’s endless ‘what if’ questions.


Miranda-The-Common-WandererNickname | Mim

Passions | writing, photography, and all the food

Tools | Moleskine Notebook, pen, Canon 70D, 15-85mm f3.5, 50mm f1.8, 85mm f2.8, 70-200mm f4, Adobe Creative Suite

First overseas holiday | China

Favourite destinationNepal

Favourite cityCape Town

Best travel experienceTrekking through the Annapurna Circuit, Nepal

Worst travel experience | Altitude sickness on Mt. Kilimanjaro

Favourite food | A good Indian curry

Mim’s pretty nice generally, but don’t mess with her before she’s had her morning coffee! She’s a photographer and writer of words; her happy place is on the road, finding new adventures and stories to share by pen and frame. Travel’s been one of her main squeezes since spending 5 weeks in China at 14… Since then she’s been back to China twice, visited over 30 countries, and wants to see them ALL! Her main hobbies are: eating ALL the foodz, annoying Mark with a million hypothetical ‘what if’ questions (especially when he’s jet-laggged and trying to sleep), and exploring all the new places with her other main bae, Mark.



And don’t forget to tag your photos #ichosetowander so we can all have adventure times together!

Mark and Mim x

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  • Reply
    October 8, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Great website guys. Makes me want to pack my bags and jump on a plane (or have a glass of wine).

    PS. my husband has a crush on Mark

  • Reply
    Mat & Lacey
    February 14, 2016 at 10:21 am

    We have a ton in common with you two! Let us know if you’d ever like to do a guest spot on our blog. Have fun!

    • Reply
      The Common Wanderer
      February 28, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      Hey Guys,

      It seems we do! We hope you’re enjoying your travels?!

      Shoot us an email and we’ll talk guest posts!


  • Reply
    February 28, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Hi guys – love your blog! When you left Melbourne, what was your first destination?

    • Reply
      The Common Wanderer
      March 6, 2017 at 11:34 pm

      Hey Mon,

      Thanks for the kind words!

      Our first destination was Singapore. We actually booked a one way ticket there in February 2015 as it was on special. Hugely spontaneous but totally worthwhile!

      Mark and Mim x

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