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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Squeezy jet: Air France packs passengers in

What's the French for flying sardines?

The man who pays his way

The sun also rises: Hemingway was seduced by Havana's charms

Havana travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

As winter takes hold in Britain, sunny days and warm nights await in the Cuban capital

Half term passengers heading to Spain will be paying many times more for their seats

Half-term getaway fares soar to record levels

Prices rise by as much as £500

Hurricane Gonzalo gained strength overnight into Thursday as it barreled in the Atlantic toward Bermuda, which was bracing for a hit from the powerful Category Four storm

Hurricane Gonzalo: What to do if your flight is cancelled - and how to claim compensation

So what are your rights? Simon Calder unravels the mess

Police and London Ambulance services at the scene on Kensington Road, Kensington, west London where a woman has died after a tree fell into the street during high winds caused by the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo

Hurricane Gonzalo: Woman crushed to death by tree blown down by high winds in London

A woman was crushed by a tree that blew down in central London

Bright lights: The famous Las Vegas welcome sign

F1 in Las Vegas: Flash and showy, it’s a shotgun marriage made in heaven

They will move too fast to see Paris, the Pyramids and Venice in the Mojave

Glasgow airport, along with Aberdeen and Southampton have been bought from former BAA by a consortium from Spain and Australia

What Glasgow, Aberdeen and Southampton airports sell-off means for passengers

They have been bought from former BAA by a consortium from Spain and Australia

High demand: BA overbooked a flight from Ibiza

My flight was late because ...

The man who pays his way

A flight information screen is shown above a television screen reporting the Ebola outbreak at Heathrow Airport

Ebola panic spreads as screening reaches Heathrow

Government screening serves to confuse and concern travellers

Ebola UK: First checks underway at Heathrow's Terminal 1 – but passenger from Gambia says she wasn't checked

Some passengers travelled from Liberia to Heathrow via Brussels – but others will go on to UK airports without screening

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker