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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Eden Project

21 British landmarks for the 21st century revealed

The Eden Project in Cornwall was voted the leading UK landmark in a joint project by The Independent and British Airways’ inflight magazine, High Life

Grand designs: Edinburgh Castle

Great British landmarks: 21 structures that define our landscape

The Independent 'Traveller' and BA's 'High Life' magazine asked readers to help select 21 icons that define 21-century Britain

MH370: Why investigators are so confident that the debris is that of the missing plane

The man leading the undersea investigation said he was 'increasingly confident' that the wreckage was debris from the missing plane

Harbour feelings: the waterfront will host a festival

Copenhagen travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

Cheap flights and a series of festivals make the Danish capital a strong summer prospect

Port of call: Lunenburg

New England and Nova Scotia: Explore both destinations on a twin-centre trip

As with their Old World originals, these are two places that are best combined, says Simon Calder

Modern marvel: Coventry Cathedral was built in the Fifties amid the ruins left by the Luftwaffe

Simon Calder: British landmarks and airline overbooking

The man who pays his way

French gendarmes and police inspect a large piece of plane debris which was found on the beach in Saint-Andre, on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion

MH370 debris: A breakthrough, but only when the fuselage is found will the relatives find closure

In particular, inspection of the flight deck could reveal whose control the aircraft fell under after the last contact with the rest of the world

The five worst airports in the world

With the news that New York’s crummy LaGuardia Airport is to be rebuilt, Simon Calder brings you those other airports that may be worth a wide berth

LaGuardia Airport: a relic from a different, gentler age

New York's LaGuardia Airport to be rebuilt: It could become the best gateway to America

In five years, it may possibly be a pleasure to use - and by then, 'pre-clearance' of US formalities at UK airports could allow it to appear on our departure boards

Sonic service: The galley on Concorde during its 1970s heyday

Concorde: How the supersonic jet zoomed from boom to bust

Aviation is full of evolutionary culs-de-sac, but none has been so spectacular

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