Traveleads Walk Around the World Challenge. This week we’ve reached…
by Traveleads | January 23, 2019 | CSR
It’s been a couple of weeks since we last caught up with our team of charity walkers, so you can imagine how excited we were to check in with them this week. We waited with anticipation to discover which new destination they had reached.
So far they’ve helped us to explore cities such as Seoul, Taipei, Ulaanbaatar and Kazakhstan, to name just a few!
We last checked in with them as they strolled into Darwin Australia.
After a fortnight of radio silence, we were beginning to think perhaps they had hung up their walking boots in favour of a couple of weeks rest.
So imagine our surprise when we discovered our team were actually out exploring the tiny islands of the South Pacific and had reached Port Vila, located in the idyllic castaway island chain of Vanuatu.
Now you’re probably scratching your head and thinking ‘WHERE?’
The islands of Vanuatu tend to be overshadowed by their more famous neighbours Fiji and the Solomon Islands, but that should give you some idea of their geographical location.
The area occupied by Port Vila has been inhabited by Melanesian people for thousands of years.
In Autumn 2004, an archaeological expedition discovered a burial site of 25 tombs containing three dozen skeletons and ceramics dating back almost three and a half thousand years!
In May 1606, the first Europeans arrived at the island, led by the Portuguese.
By the 19th century the islands had become known as the New Hebrides, and the British possessed economic control of the zone.
1881 saw the economic balance begin to favour the French. French citizen Ferdinand Chevillard began buying and clearing land around Port Vila, his plan was to create the largest French plantation on the island. Instead, it was converted into the municipality of Franceville, which declared independence on August 9, 1889, though this only lasted until June of the following year.
After 1887, the territory was jointly administered by the French and the British, and during World War II, Port Vila served as an American and Australian airbase.
Port Vila has a tropical climate, more specifically a tropical rainforest climate, with noticeably wetter and drier months.
With year round temperatures averaging 24-29 °C you might assume the island enjoys a perfect climate, but don’t be fooled! In 1987, Cyclone Uma severely damaged the city. A powerful earthquake in January 2002 caused minor damage in the capital and surrounding areas, and the city suffered massive damage from a category 5 cyclone named Cyclone Pam in March 2015.
That being said, the islands have some of the most spectacular coastlines you will find anywhere in the world, with miles of pristine palm fringed beaches and beautiful turquoise waters. The first time visitor would be hard pressed to ever find a reason to want to leave!
Port Vila is Vanuatu’s most important harbour and the center of the country’s trade. The international airport, Bauerfield International (VLI) is also located in the city.
Air Vanuatu is the regions national carrier and was established in early 1981, after Vanuatu gained independence from the United Kingdom and France the previous year. It operates 28 domestic routes and 9 international routes to New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, the Solomon Islands and New Caledonia.
The City’s major industries remain agriculture and fishing, although tourism is also becoming important, especially from Australia and New Zealand.
Vanuatu is a tax haven, and offshore financing in Port Vila brings international business to the area and plays an important part in the national economy. That being said Vanuatu is still dependent on foreign aid, most of which comes from Australia and New Zealand, although in recent years aid has also come from the People’s Republic of China.
Should business take you to Vanuatu, or perhaps you would just like to add an unusual destination to the list of places you’ve visited, Traveleads would be delighted to put together an itinerary and take care of all your Travel arrangements.
Our team of charity walkers now face the arduous task of clocking up some serious miles in order to make land fall in the South Pacific, as we are hoping Hawaii will be our next port of call.
Be sure to keep on following our journey as we continue to Walk Around the World, and don’t forget it’s all in aid of two very worthy charities.
Thank you most sincerely to everyone who has donated and sponsored our journey so far.
If you would like to support our efforts (whilst helping to save lives) we’ve made it as easy as possible:
Simply text TRAV56 then £2.00 to 70070 to donate to our Air Ambulance Charity or TRAV62 then £2.00 to 70070to donate to our Children’s Charity
£2.00 is our suggested donation, but please feel free to donate whatever you can.
Charity details, along with the option to donate via our Just Giving page can be found here: www.justgiving.com/teams/traveleadscharity
Thank you on behalf of all the people you will help to save…See you next week.
Distances travelled are measured in a straight line from point to point and make up our virtual journey destinations, actual miles may vary. Total miles travelled since our journey started 13,552
Destinations calculated courtesy of www.timeanddate.com