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Greg Watt
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Attended University of Auckland
Lives in Auckland, New Zealand
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Avid traveller, & advocate of real travel experiences at www.vanuatutraveller.com and www.traveller-info.com
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Throughout my life I have loved to travel, and after gaining my qualifications, Anne and I took the opportunity to work overseas for a number of years, travelling when we could through Australia, Papua New Guinea, and parts of Asia.   

In recent times we have travelled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and have developed strong relationships in Vanuatu, where we live part of each year.  

As for the future, we hope to spend a significant amount of time travelling amongst different societies and cultures around the world, and providing others with the opportunity to do the same, by providing travel advice based on our own experiences

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I have very little to brag about. The more I travel, the more I appreciate my fellow human beings, their cultures, their struggles and aspirations. If I have anything to be proud of, it is to help where I can, villages and communities fulfill their goals.
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WHAT'S THE WEATHER LIKE IN VANUATU ?
This is an updated post, that is relevant to all travellers contemplating travel to Vanuatu, or Melanesia. There is an image perpetuated by the travel industry, that the South Pacific continually has calm blue skies, and hot balmy days. For travellers to make the most of their time in Melanesia, they need to research and be informed about the many facets of the destination they are going to : Weather being a critical Aspect.
Getting a handle on what the weather is likely to be like is an important facet of travelling to Vanuatu
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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE. [su_quote]Happiness is within reach of everyone. What do we do to get there ?[/su_quote] ‘Extraordinary People’ has been a project involving five…
Esso Kapum is a popular entity on Tanna Island, & sought after tour guide. "Gente Extraordinaria" sought Esso out to discuss what makes Tannese people happy.
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Do something different | Go on a Trek in Nepal !

  Stand on Top of the World | At any Age ! If you are thinking that you would like a new challenge in your travels, here is a suggestion. Perhaps not something that you would normally think about, but seriously consider going trekking in Nepal. You will…
Stand on Top of the World | At any Age ! If you are thinking that you would like a new challenge in your travels, here is a suggestion. Perhaps not
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Lap-Lap is the Traditional Cuisine for Ni-Vanuatuans. Lap-Lap is the mainstay of Tannese afternoon meals and can take many forms, most widely known as the taro cake like bake that is surrounded by bush greens. It has however, more to do with the method of…
The main means of eating in Vanuatu is Lap-Lap, using a shallow firepit design. Most travellers steer away from it, but traditional Lap-Lap can be delicious.
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  The Golden Rule of Blogging. They say that the golden rule for blogging is to be consistent, especially in regard to the regularity of posting. I guess I have broken that rule and many others in respect to this blog to date, and while I may feel that…
The golden rule of travel blogging is to consistently post on a regular basis. However, the unprecedented events in Vanuatu in 2015 changed everything
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FIRSTLY – THANK YOU. This is a follow up on the donations that we received to help with our endeavours to provide a limited relief to the community in the area that we work in. In regard to a fully accounting, and transparency of received donations, we…
The outreach that has been made to those that have ever been to Middlebush on Tanna island, and particularly to those that have gone or were going to Tanna, has had an important and effective result. this posting outlines what the allocation has been, as transparency is an important aspect in any relief operation. The future direction that we are taking in respect of help has also been discussed.
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CYCLONE PAM - A personal account at village level.
I think there is a threshold that occurs, when things start to break around you, strong things such as trees that have been around for a hundred years or more. When homes disintegrate, and flying debri fills the air, there is a realisation that no one is safe, and whether you survive or not is purely a matter of luck.
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SHOPPING ON REMOTE PACIFIC ISLANDS.
When we visit remote places, there is still an expectation of being able to buy commonplace things, with little appreciation of what it takes to get them there. Mostly, goods get distributed to outer islands by local ferry, in an archaic cycle carried out by old ferries and barges that seem more at home in the times prior to the World Wars. However taking the time to watch how the goods actually get to where they are supposed to be, leads to a new respect of how the islands make the best of, and adapt to the resources available to them. The casual observer is left pondering how those receiving goods, invariably receive every little item that they have had shipped.

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When we visit remote places, there is still an expectation of being able to buy commonplace things, with little appreciation of what it takes to get them there
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  What is a “Kastom” Trail ? Few travellers get to know about “Kastom” Trails let alone get to walk them. They constitute safe ground, where any person may walk on land that is not a part of their custom ownership, and be welcomed by the tribes and…
Want to Step into the Past ? Walk a "Kastom" Trail on Tanna Island and encounter a unique cultural experience, centred on Ni-Vanuatu customs and traditions.
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Sometimes good things can happen come out of disasters, and often a shock to the very core of communities are required before they are prepared to look at, try and ultimately accept elements of change. Approximately 80%  Ni-Vanuatuans of working age, are…
Often a shock to the very core of communities are required before they are prepared to look at, try and ultimately accept elements of change.
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[su_note note_color=”#e7e7e7″ text_color=”#000000″]This was written in the hours before Cyclone Winstone was to hit Tanna Island after devastating Fiji. My Son Lucas lives in a squatter village in Suva as a part of his PhD research, and provided an hour…
This was written in the hours before Cyclone Winstone was due to hit Tanna Island after devastating Fiji causing widespread destruction. We have no time to think about what has occurred in Fiji because we have just been issued a red alert, and it seems that Winstone is heading directly towards Tanna and due to reach landfall in the next six hours. We are as prepared as we can be, so in the intervening hours I have contemplated what another Cyclon...
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The immediate needs of communities remain, and cannot be under estimated. However, what happens in the near future, after the world has forgotten that Cyclone Pam ever existed? The needs are actually greater but the incentives for the world to help…
The immediate needs of communities remain, and cannot be under estimated. However, what happens in the near future, after the world has forgotten that Cyclone Pam ever existed? The needs are actually greater but the incentives for the world to help diminishes. The modified parable of “give a man a fish and he can feed his family for a day, give him a fishing rod and he can feed his family for a lifetime”, has never been truer. We believe that ser...
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Aid starts to flow in to devastated Vanuatu
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Aid has started to arrive in some of Vanuatus worst affected islands but others remain isolated with flights over the Pacific nation showing

Huge devastation in Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam hits. Please help them if ...
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The island nation of Vanuatu is a very special place and one that became special to myself and the rest of "The Wonder List" team when we fi

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Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people th

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The TRAVELLER sees what he sees. The TOURIST sees what he has come to see.

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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines,

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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines,

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Twelve songs I listened to in November and is based on a collection of folk-pop singer/songwriters with acoustic, roots and blues fusion all

The Hauraki Rail Trail – A Great Ride of the NZ Cycle Trail.
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The Hauraki Rail Trail is one of the Great Rides of The New Zealand Cycleway, which has been promoted by, and invested in by the New Zealand

Twelve songs I listened to in October 2013
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Twelve songs I listened to in October. Main theme is cruisy music suitable for summer. Pop based with lots of fusion, acoustic, blues/Jazz,

Muriwai Gannet Colony | Auckland, New Zealand
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From August to March each year you can watch the comings and goings of a busy gannet colony. It's hugely entertaining.

gregwatt-September2013-12TracksToListenTo
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Twelve songs I listened to in September. This month is ‘Rock’ with a bit of fusion, or should I say all over the place… some old and some no

gregwatt-July2013-12 TracksToListenTo
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Twelve songs I listened to in June. A blend of traditional Blues and more contemporary Blues infused Music, including folk and acoustic blue

gregwatt-June2013-Twelve tracks to listen to.
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Twelve songs I'm listening to this June. A blend of folk infused rock, blues and roots music from a selection of artists who have lived and

gregwatt-May2013-12 tracks I'm listening to.
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This is twelve songs i'm listening to this May. A mixture of cruisy semi acoustic alternative, mainstream, folk rock with a strong indie inf

gregwatt-April2013-12 tracks
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twelve music tracks I've been listening to in April 2013. Semi acoustic and crusiy soft rock tracks - great to listen to while travelling.

Sanddollar Vanuatu - Holiday Rental
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Sanddollar Vanuatu Holiday Rental Accommodation provides great holiday accommodation, 30 minutes out of Port Vila, Vanuatu. The large proper

Cool Infographic: Why Coffee and Tea are Amazing for You
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Coffee and tea. The two largest drinks in the world.In the match between tea vs coffee, you may expect there to be a clear winner. The truth

Sanddollar Vanuatu - Large Coastal Holiday Rental.
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Sanddollar Vanuatu Holiday Rental Accommodation provides great holiday accommodation, 30 minutes out of Port Vila, Vanuatu. The large proper