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  • 19 February 2013, 11:09

'Are we there yet?' - family's marathon trek

Zapp family /Rex

An Argentian couple have spent more than a decade driving their children around the world in their vintage car.

Herman and Candelaria Zapp's journey in their 1920s Graham Paige car has seen them visit 44 countries and find lodging with more than 2500 families.

They have been joined on their journey by their four children - Pampa, 10, Tehue, seven, Paloma, five, and three-year-old Wallaby.

They set off from Argentina in their 85-year-old car in 2000. After their money ran out, they decided to rely on the kindness of other people, with many people providing them with shelter, food and petrol.

The couple have written a book about their experiences, with 'Spark your Dream' thanking a total of 12,000 people in its acknowledgements.

The longest they have spent in any one country was a 13 month trip around the U.S. in 2008-9.

Their children - who are home-schooled - were all born in different countries with Pampa arriving in Greensboro, North Carolina; Tehue being born in Argentina; Paloma a native of Vancouver Island and Wallaby being born in Australia.