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.
Taiwan plane crash: Video footage shows TransAsia flight 235 banking sharply left before clipping bridge and crashing into river
04 February 2015 07:35 AM
At least 26 people have been killed in the incident, which took place shortly after takeoff
03 February 2015 05:33 PM
One year ago the elements battered England, buckling the mainline railway that runs alongside this coastal Devon town
30 January 2015 01:33 PM
The easyJet flight to Belfast, Berlin or Barcelona could soon be departing from Heathrow Terminal 4. Britain’s largest budget airline is Gatwick’s biggest customer. But it has told the Airports Commission that the next new London runway should be built at Heathrow.
30 January 2015 11:52 AM
If you're heading to the other side of the world, there are plenty of great places to see on the way. And the travel industry is making it easier for you
30 January 2015 11:38 AM
Last weekend's election triggered turmoil and uncertainty, but life – and tourism – goes on, says Simon Calder
30 January 2015 10:05 AM
The man who pays his way
30 January 2015 07:27 AM
Tourists warned of bus attacks in Israel - as Thai authorities step up drug-testing
29 January 2015 07:19 PM
Simon Calder answers the key questions
29 January 2015 01:54 PM
With the rules for withdrawing your money set to change this year, Simon Calder suggests some trips worth splashing out on
MH370: Malaysian government declares disappearance of jet an 'accident' and says everyone on board is 'dead'
29 January 2015 10:45 AM
Civil aviation chief breaks news with 'the heaviest heart and deepest sorrow'
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Russia's roadmap for annexing eastern Ukraine 'leaked from Vladimir Putin's office'
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
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