A globe-trotting couple who have toured over a hundred countries in an old car – and have had four children along the way – have arrived in the UK for the first time after 15 years.
Herman, 49 and Candelaria Zapp, 47, have scaled across every continent in the world after giving up their jobs and home in Argentina.
Their epic mission has taken them from Egyptian pyramids and the Amazon rainforest to Mount Everest and a tour of Australia – and their offspring have all been born in different countries.
Herman and Candelaria Zapp have spent the last 15 years travelling the world and have had four children in as many countries. Pictured at the Don Quixote Windmills in Madrid
The couple are now in the United Kingdom for the first time on one of the final legs of their adventure.
Mrs Zapp said: ‘Since we started dating when I was 14, we have always read about travellers and we always asked, “Why not us? Why not go on our own journey?”
‘We got married when I was 23 and we always wanted to travel so we said we would save for two years and then go for our dream, to travel.
The couple have now visited more than 100 countries with their children. Pictured: The family in Egypt
The pair had initially planned to leave their home in Argentina for just two years, but are yet to return. Pictured: At the Volcan Parinacota
The family are now on the last leg of their travels most recently spending time in Europe. Pictured: At the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
‘People said we were crazy but we felt there was something very big missing..’
The Zapps have been in England for around 20 days, having arrived from Spain.
They have travelled north from Portsmouth, via London, Oxford and Shrewsbury, to Yorkshire as they make their way to their next stop, Scotland.
Mrs Zapp said that the trip was originally to travel between Argentina and Alaska but the couple have not returned home since.
She added: ‘After six months we had only made it as far as Ecuador.
Mrs Zapp acts as the children’s teacher and says that they learn more by visiting different countries. Pictured in Germany
Mrs. Zapp began funding their trip when they ran out of money by framing her paintings and selling them. Pictured in Nova Scotia
The family now have almost 70,000 people following their progress on Facebook and now receive invitations to stay with other families. Pictured in the Wadi Rum desert, Jordan
‘We couldn’t get to Alaska and after six months we ran out of money. It was then that we discovered how to pay for our journey.
‘I started painting with watercolours and learned framing, and started selling my pictures and our book.’
With nearly 70,000 people following the family’s progress on their Facebook page, they now receive invitations to stay with other families.
Mrs Zapp said: ‘We have spent more than 2,000 nights in family homes, all different kinds and religions. We have learned about different cultures, food, music, about what people do for a living – it is the best part of the journey.
The family have now arrived in the UK for the first time and are currently exploring York
‘We didn’t realise that people would be so nice and we started staying at people’s homes.
‘We discovered that when you stay in a family home, they don’t let you leave! They want to take you to a festival next week, “and then we can show you this”…’
Two years into their journey they had their first child – and in the years since they have become a family of six. Mrs Zapp said she had become the children’s teacher.
She continued: ‘People are always concerned about their education but they are learning a lot about the world. I am following the curriculum from Argentina.
To sustain their quest, the couple have documented their travels in a book, Spark Your Dream. Pictured on the Amazon river
The countries they shall be visiting next areThe Netherlands, Belgium and France after leaving Britain. Pictured in the Wadi Rum desert
‘I’m their teacher now and it has been a big challenge. They also have lessons online and every two months they do a test and we send it back to the Ministry of Education in Argentina.
‘We also adapt the journey and the subject of the journey to suit them, so we have learned about the food chain watching wild animals in Africa, and we have learnt about the pyramids, while being in the pyramids themselves.
‘We have a 12-year-old learning about the Vikings at the moment so maybe tomorrow we will see the Viking museum here in York.
‘We really like York. We like this kind of town, an old town. We are keen on history.’
The family have spent 2,000 nights in other family homes and say they have learned plenty about other cultures and religions along the way. Pictured on the road to Prudhoe Bay
This time next year the family will be back in Argentina for the first time in 15 years. Pictured driving through Japan
To sustain their quest, the couple have documented their travels in a book, Spark Your Dream, which documents the first four years of the couple’s adventure.
Bar a stop in Morocco and Brazil, Europe is the last leg of their journey.
They have travelled to around 100 countries across South and North America, Asia, Australia and Africa, and have trips to The Netherlands, Belgium and France planned after they leave Britain.
Mrs Zapp added: ‘In one year from now we will be back in Argentina. The next adventure will be how to live in one place.’