A globe-trotting couple who have voyaged across every continent in the world for the last 17 years have touched down in Scotland for the first time.
Herman Zapp, 49 and Candelaria Zapp, 47, have journeyed to more than 100 countries in their 1928 car after giving up their jobs and home in Argentina.
What started as a couple living their dream has now grown into a family of six after having four children along the way – all born in different countries.
The couple originally planned to travel between Argentina and Alaska but have not returned home since.
And they now live in their car or stay with other families who follow their progress on the internet and invite them.
On Thursday the Zapp family finally arrived in Scotland, from Newcastle, for the first time on their world tour, saying they “saved the best for last”.
Currently, the family is staying at a B&B beside Loch Leven in Kinnesswood, Kinross.
Herman said: “We have met so many lovely Scottish people along the way on our travels who have invited us to stay with them when we get to Scotland.
“I think we have invitations from about 16 people all over Scotland offering us to come and stay with them.
“You know how the Scottish are – they are so friendly and laid back.
“We tried to save the best for last. Scottish people are the most friendly people we have met.
“We had people saying ‘we have a hotel or a big house, come and stay with us’ and others who say ‘we only have a small apartment but we will all squeeze in’.
“We feel at home anywhere now and feel like we have a home everywhere in the world – it’s just like one big house.
“And of course our car has pretty much become our home now.”
The 1928 Graham Paige car — complete with wooden spoke wheels — cost Herman around £2,500 just three months before they started the journey in 2000.
The globe-trotting family’s epic mission has taken them from Egypt’s pyramids and the Amazon rainforest to Mount Everest and a tour of Australia.
And the couple had four children along the way.
Pampa, 15, was born in North Carolina, Tehue, 12 was born in Argentina, Paloma, nine, is a native of Vancouver, Canada, and Wallaby, eight, is of course from Australia.
The Zapp’s plan to venture into the Scottish Highlands and over to the Isle of Skye to do some camping and sightseeing.
Speaking about plans for their Scottish adventure, Herman said: “We want to see some castles, but we will pretty much go wherever people tell us we should”.
The family are stopping off at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this weekend to get a taste of the country’s culture, and are excited about trying some Scottish delicacies.
“We are looking forward to it all so much”, said Herman.
The pair got married when Candelaria was 23 and say they always wanted to travel.
“People said we were crazy but we felt there was something very big missing,” said Candelaria.
After six months of traveling, the couple ran out of money and Candelaria began to do watercolour painting to sell on the road.
They have now also written a book “Spark Your Dreams”, which Herman said helps people realise their dream, while allowing them to live theirs, as it finances their trip.
Candelaria said they people often question how life on the road is for their children who don’t attend school.
She said: “People are always concerned about their education but they are learning a lot about the world. I am following the curriculum from Argentina.
“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.”
Europe is the last leg of the family’s journey.
From Scotland, the family will venture to Ireland, Wales, Holland, Belgium and France and the Canary Islands before heading home.
The family plan to be back in Argentina in a year’s time.