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From France to Thailand on foot

Intrepid Western couple find their global 'dream trek' changes perspectives

Guillaume Perdigues, left, and his partner Vanessa Mapp pose for a photo in Strasbourg, France, at the start of their epic transcontinental walk in February 2019. (Courtesy of Vanessa Mapp)

BANGKOK -- A Canadian/French couple set out to walk from Europe to Australia to remind the world that travel is more than a commodity. They sometimes walked up to 14 hours a day, got lost in the jungles of Laos and were involved in a fatal bus crash in their extraordinary journey. They reached as far as Thailand before the COVID-19 pandemic closed international borders.

"I always wanted to travel to the end of the world. I wanted to find some place not on any maps. We had to walk all the way from France to Laos to find that place," recounted Canadian Vanessa Mapp over a plate of papaya salad in a late-night eatery in Bangkok.

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