“If Africa isn’t at the top of the list of popular destinations for Gap Years, then it certainly should be. This is a continent in need and helpers are received with smiling faces and grateful hands”- Julia Anne Creamer (founder of On African Soil).
 
Out of Africa (the Sydney Pollack’s creation), a romantic epic starring Meryl Steep and Robert Redford, was one of Hollywood’s many portrayals of Africa being a mighty adventurous place. But in a way it almost forgot that Africa is a continent on its own, segmented by multiple countries and regions. Though as romantic as the movie was, times have changed and travelling the planet has become more of a commercial  affair rather than one that promises a magical adventure.
 
However Africa as a destination, big as it may be, is still a huge point of interest for many a passionate traveller or young individual looking for life’s next big adventure.

Roaming Newton and the great South African adventure debate

"...my closing statement went around the lines of if you translate the title of the movie Die Hard from German into English it translates back into “Die Slowly”! You would think that was a slam-dunk for a closing statement and would make any Matlock or Good Wife fan proud."
 
Roaming Newton returns to South Africa to show the Bavarians his backyard!
 
The great debate continues…
 
I have been in Bavaria for some months now, with the whimsy of winter over and the splash of summer knocking on the door, I find myself watching Top Gun dubbed in German - it was not so long ago I remember how by total chance I found Harrison Ford speaking in this foreign language whilst rescuing Sean Connery in an Indiana Jones adventure.
 
Funny to think that it was around that time I was roped into a conversation, actually argument of “whose country is better than whose”- yes it was childish and my closing statement went around the lines of if you translate the title of the movie Die Hard from German into English it translates back into “Die Slowly”! You would think that was a slam-dunk for a closing statement and would make any Matlock or Good Wife fan proud.

Adventure 1: the gap year traveller…
 
Having seen parts of the world and understanding that cultures, countries and even continents offer more than just a travel experience but an almost individual renaissance! Roaming Newton is now taking on a new look, as the ultimate gap year traveller! From budget airlines, fast trains, clean accommodation and even the odd advice on travel gear, Roaming Newton Reloaded is the adventure gap year guide of a life time!

Q: I am looking to change my career path and take a break, one of my options is to teach English in Europe, I am not too fond of the cold and keener on Southern Europe. I am a first language English speaker and speak a little bit of French, please can you help find me more information on this option.
 
A: Hi there, cool career change and interesting that you are choosing Europe and Southern European in particular. Most European summers are warm enough providing nice long days, so rather keep your options open and look at all of Europe, for the winter months you can head down to Southern Europe because it is much warmer than in the north at that time of year.

Ann Hinshaw tackles Central America, New York style! From making cigars, going head to head with a volcano and adopting a local stray pup! Its an adventure of the extraordinary kind.
 
Ann Hinshaw’s adventure through Nicaragua
 
1. You are based in New York, why would you pick Nicaragua?
 
I have always wanted to travel to Central and South America, and when my dear friend was in town from LA over the 4th of July, we were  outside sipping margaritas and talking about taking a trip somewhere unexpected.  I’d heard about Costa Rica time and again, but it seemed to have already been exploited by Americans and tourism.  We wanted something more authentic. I’d read a few things about Nicaragua and seen beautiful photos in a travel story. The story’s point was that people still perceived Nicaragua to be dangerous because of guerrilla warfare, but that’s far from the truth. We decided to just do it.