Simon Calder

Simon Calder’s career in travel started at Gatwick Airport, where he cleaned aircraft for Laker Airways and later worked as a security officer. He became The Independent’s Travel Correspondent in 1994, and is known as “the Man Who Pays His Way” because he does not accept free travel facilities. He writes across the Independent titles, as well as for the Evening Standard.

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The Freedom Tower in Downtown Miami

Miami: Little Havana has a lot of charm

Miami's South Beach may have all the glamour, but the rest of Florida's largest city rewards exploration, says Simon Calder

Chaos on the railways is an all-to familiar sight on a bank holiday weekend

Broken-down trains and cancelled flights: Bank-holiday starts in traditional fashion

Rail delays, massive traffic jams and delayed flights make for a testing bank-holiday

Blue lagoon: Sete Cidades

Azores budget break: Cheap flights from Britain make Sao Miguel the ideal economy escape

These far-flung Portuguese islands have always been pricey to reach, but with low-cost flights now available, Simon Calder tests the waters

Affordable adventure: Sao Miguel

A380 celebrates first decade in flight - but how long will the Superjumbo's time in the sky last?

Aviation history is littered with failures - not just the fatally flawed Comet 1, the hopelessly timed Bristol Brabazon and the terminally unviable Concorde

Collapsed buildings in Kathmandu’s Durbar Square

Nepal earthquake: Kingdom will be devastated by loss of foreign revenue

The aftershocks that are already rumbling through the economy spell more misery for the survivors

Fares from Luton to New York’s Newark airport for the months ahead are typically £1,170 return

Business class to New York at economical prices - but will it fly?

A French 'boutique airline,' La Compagnie, is making the latest bid to offer business class comfort across the Atlantic at economical prices

Luck out: some Brits get a longer stay in Las Vegas than they had anticipated

What goes to Las Vegas, tends to stay in Las Vegas

The man who pays his way

Sir Peter Hendy said “People hate the suburban rail service, they hate it.”

Transport for London czar attacks capital's 's***' National Rail commuter trains with 'Gestapo' staff

In an interview for Management Today, Sir Peter Hendy said: 'People hate the suburban rail service, they hate it'

France handles more flights than any other country in Europe, including almost all flights between the UK and western Mediterranean destinations

French air-traffic strike: Planned industrial action called off

The striker's Italian counterparts have also called off a four-hour stoppage planned for 21 April, apart from controllers at two airports

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