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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Turkey, where Executive Escapes had 500 clients when it went bust

Why do holiday companies go bust on Fridays?

The fateful Friday is a reflection of the way that a typical travel-firm collapse takes place

Exclusive Escapes currently has 500 clients in Turkey

Exclusive Escapes: Upmarket holiday company goes bust on the eve of bank holiday weekend

1,750 people with future bookings must now rearrange at short notice

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Cornwall's Saints' Way: Go beyond the beach on this walking route

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The rules for cancellations, delays and overbooking are mightily tangled

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After this week’s deadly attack, Simon Calder assesses the risks and offers his advice

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