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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An artist’s impression of how a four-runway airport at the Thames Estuary may look

Boris Island: No end in sight to the London airport debate

And then there were two. “Boris Island” is dead, despite the best efforts of the Mayor of London to revive the corpse of London’s estuary airport after Sir Howard Davies administered a lethal injection of economic and environmental sense. His Airports Commission will, after the next election, choose between Heathrow and Gatwick as the location for a new runway to be built in the next 15 years.

South Africa's new travel rules: From October, families with under-18s will need to show their birth certificates

Airlines serving South Africa call the new rule “a tourism, PR, economic and political disaster”

Look east: Shanghai is new to BA's 3 network

Simon Calder: Places that have fallen from the map of the sky

The man who pays his way
The Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland

Air travel disrupted by fresh volcano threats in Iceland and Papua New Guinea

The restless earth is once again toying with travel plans, as Iceland issued two more red alerts warning of an imminent eruption and a Papua New Guinea volcano disrupted southern-hemisphere aviation.

Students heading off to 'charity challenge' grounded at Gatwick after travel firm goes bust

Students were due to fly to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro to raise money for charity

Icelandic volcano: is this 2010 all over again, and what rights do you have if it is?

Rumblings under the Bárðarbunga volcano could be signs that an eruption is imminent — but what does it mean for flights and insurance if it disrupts air travel?

48 hours in Bern

Switzerland’s graceful capital comes back to life in late summer, and promises a fascinating weekend in fine surroundings

Will Ed Miliband promise to freeze rail fares?

Rail fare rises are a legacy of decades of underinvestment

Barely had the rail fare increase for England and Wales next year been revealed, than a pro-public transport pressure group rushed out a news release condemning the rises.

South Korean rescue team boats and fishing boats rescuing passengers off the sinking Sewol ferry in April this year

Forget air crashes, it's Asian ferries that tourists should really be wary of

Western travellers heading East may understandably focus on air safety, and in particular the awful death toll aboard the two Malaysia Airlines jets lost earlier this year. Yet tourists face far higher risks at sea level aboard Asian ferries.

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Stolen youth

Younger blood can reverse many of the effects of ageing
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Bob Willoughby: The reel deal

He was the photographer who brought documentary photojournalism to Hollywood, changing the way film stars would be portrayed for ever
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Hollywood heavyweights produce world's most expensive corporate video - for Macau casino

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Made by Versace, designed by her children

Angelina Jolie's wedding dressed revealed
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Pulling chicks

Pulled pork has gone from being a US barbecue secret to a regular on supermarket shelves. Now KFC is trying to tempt us with a chicken version
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Rooney admits England must ‘put on a show’ to regain faith

New captain vows side will deliver for small Wembley crowd
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‘We knew he was something special’

Radamel Falcao's journey from teenage debutant to Manchester United's star signing
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'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes'

US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food
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A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

Inside the Radio Times female powerlist
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James Frey's literary treasure hunt

Riddling trilogy could net you $3m
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Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

What David Sedaris learnt about the world from his fitness tracker
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Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Second-holiest site in Islam attracts millions of pilgrims each year
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The big names to look for this fashion week

This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York