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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Now the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, whose main economic driving force is Cancun, has decided to fall into line with the eastern US by creating Mexico’s fourth time zone

The Mexican state of Quintana Roo has just moved into a new timezone

The man who pays his way

Place to pause: linger at Seiano station in Italy

Understanding Britain's trains: Life for new arrivals is not always easy

The man who pays his way

United said that “an error a third-party software provider made when it applied an incorrect exchange rate”

United Airlines facing wave of legal claims after it cancels thousands of mistake fares

Flyers thought they had bought first class London to America tickets for just £50

Class warrior: La Compagnie chief Frantz Yvelin

La Compagnie: Can business-class-only work?

The man who pays his way

TransAsia crash: Family avoided potential death after changing seats just before plane took off

At least 32 people died when flight GE235 crashed into an elevated highway shortly after taking off from the capital, Taipei

Taiwan plane crash: Video footage shows TransAsia flight 235 banking sharply left before clipping bridge and crashing into river

At least 26 people have been killed in the incident, which took place shortly after takeoff

The repaired railway

Dawlish is back on track: The calm after the storm

One year ago the elements battered England, buckling the mainline railway that runs alongside this coastal Devon town

Gatwick’s biggest airline, easyJet, calls for new runway at Heathrow

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.

Shanghai has modern high-rises to rival the likes of Manhattan and Chicago

Stopover cities: Enhance your trip with culture, scenery or shopping

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

Fly the flag: there is no reason to cancel a trip to Greece

Greece: Why this is the summer to go

Last weekend's election triggered turmoil and uncertainty, but life – and tourism – goes on, says Simon Calder

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Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

Cricket World Cup 2015

Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing