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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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

Double trouble: infrastructure in Britain is not built for two-tier trains

How double-decker trains would improve Britain's railways

The man who pays his way

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Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before