Simon Calder

Simon Calder is Travel Editor at Large for The Independent, writing a weekly column, various articles and features as well as filming a weekly video diary. Every Sunday afternoon, Simon presents the UK's only radio travel phone-in programme called The LBC Travel Show with Simon Calder (97.3 FM). He is a regular guest on national TV, often seen on BBC Breakfast, Daybreak, ITV News and Sky News. He is often interviewed on BBC Radio, particularly for BBC Radio 4’s You & Yours programme and BBC Five Live.

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The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued new travel advice for Egypt after a tourist bus attack killed four and injured 12 on Sunday

Foreign office Egypt advice means 'lockdown' for tourists

New warnings will have an immediate impact for British travellers

Shops at Gatwick

Airport shopping: Come buy with me

Airports were once glamorous destinations. Now a new terminal at Heathrow packed with high-end boutiques is the latest attempt to recapture that lost spirit, says Simon Calder

End game: King's Cross, 4.30am on Thursday

Simon Calder: A whistle-stop tour of northern England

The man who pays his way

Tall order: Cerro Santa Lucia and the high-rise city

48 Hours In: Santiago

Chile's capital is gaining new flights from Europe, making this is a great time to go, says Simon Calder

Colombia calls: new flights to Bogota

Simon Calder: Things go better with Colombian flights

The man who pays his way

Plane speaking: round-the-world routes can be tailor-made to suit your needs

Round-the-world adventures

Simon Calder selects the perfect flight itinerary for your trip of a lifetime

Airlines are still committed to First Class service

First Class flop? Even though airlines don't make money from First Class, they remain doggedly committed

With prices reaching five figures or more, does First Class make economic sense?

A huge waves break over the railway in Dawlish, causing damage

Airline helps reconnect Cornwall with London

Flybe is doubling the number of flights from Newquay to Gatwick

Tail off: Virgin Atlantic is abandoning its Heathrow-Sydney route

Virgin Atlantic retreats from Australia

Virgin Atlantic has blamed the weakening Australian dollar for its decision to abandon flights to Sydney. Sir Richard Branson’s airline currently flies daily from Heathrow to Australia’s largest city via Hong Kong, but will end the service on 5 May. Thousands of passengers are booked to travel after that date. The airline says it is seeking to place them on alternative flights: “We are in discussions with airlines in regards to reprotecting ticketed passengers affected by the intended withdrawal.”

A nurse holds up a vaccine of yellow fever, which is currently in short supply around the world

Shortage of yellow fever vaccine threatens travel to the tropics - including Brazil

British travellers heading for the tropics could be halted by a worldwide shortage of vaccine against yellow fever, a disease found in destinations including Brazil and Kenya.

Day In a Page

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice
Hollywood targets Asian audiences as US films enjoy record-breaking run at Chinese box office

Hollywood targets Asian audiences

The world's second biggest movie market is fast becoming the Hollywood studios' most crucial