Most people dream of traveling – exploring lesser known locales, scaling the highest mountains, trekking in the rainforests, discovering tasty dishes or basking in a nation’s history. Some of us take months or years to plan even just one trip. Some could (or in other cases, would) not go because they thought that life has to happen first before they can travel. But to travel is actually for some a fulfillment of a lifelong dream. And despite the modern conveniences of travel afforded to most people, only a few have that intrepid spirit to seize that dream and take the first (and most difficult) step.
Meet the Zapps.
Any hardcore traveler would have heard of this awesome Argentinian family who has traveled the world over. Candelaria and Herman Zapp were childhood sweethearts who dreamed of traveling around the world. Armed with only their guts. a vintage car, and a prayer, they decided to take a leap of faith and went on to an epic journey to Alaska. From there on out, the Zapps have carved a name by going after their dream.
It was such a joy to finally meet the Zapps in person. A local TV program once did a feature on them yet their awesomeness did not manifest until I recognized them while lining up to get their photos taken with a monkey in Singapore Zoo. I think I gave Candie a scare when I tapped her on the shoulder and squeaked “Um, excuse me? Are you the folks from Spark Your Dream?” And then she breathed a sigh of relief while Herman beamed. “Can I have my pic taken with you?” Glad they said yes and posed gamely. It was a moment I won’t forget not because I was rubbing elbows with “traveling stars” but because seeing them in the flesh gave me reason to hope that yes, we can all fulfill our dreams when we just believe in and go after them.
Visit the Zapp Family’s website on http://www.argentinaalaska.com/ and find out how they did what they did. 😉