Herman and Candelaria Zapp, a Life on the Road

Throughout the years, we've heard tons of stories about people who leave everything behind and go on a journey of a lifetime. Be it in cars, on motorcycles or on boats, these trips usually end at some point, with the man or woman taking it ending up with tons of stories to tell the grandchildren.

But what happens when a man and a woman, in their prime, decide to live everything behind and never plan to return? For Herman and Candelaria Zapp, as for us all, the trip of a lifetime got a new definition.

Eleven years ago, the man and the woman, who knew each other ever since they were 10 and 8, respectively, set off from Patagonia, Argentina, heading for Alaska. They came back to Argentina in 2004, but settled there only for a couple of weeks, before deciding the open road is the only way to live.

Since then, the two have never stopped moving, traveling all over the world in their 1928 Graham Paige Model 610 touring car. They've clocked so far 142,000 miles (228,526 km), going through four continents and never exceeding 40 miles per hour (64 km/h), the top speed the car is capable to achieve.

As a testimony that life is possible in this nomadic approach, the family of the two slowly grew to a number of six. The two became, over the years and while on the road, parents to four children, Pampa (eight), Tehue (five), Paloma (three) and Wallaby (one).

Herman says that the journey wouldn't have been possible without the help of the people they came across on their never-ending journey (the two have no plans of stopping, and should their children inherit their passion, this might become the epic journey the ancients were writing about).

They sleep and eat in people's homes, while the trip is funded with the money coming from selling books they write about the places they visit. The first book, Dream Chaser, published during the first trip to Alaska, sold in 12,000 copies, while the second one, published in 2005 as Spark Your Dream, has become a best seller in Argentina.
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About the author: Daniel Patrascu
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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