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 aerial view of Gatwick Airport

Lib Dem activists vote against any airport expansion in the south-east

Party leadership now mandated to oppose any new runways

Ambulances and medical workers stand near an airplane carrying a Norwegian woman infected with the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, after her arrival at the Oslo airport Gardermoen on October 7

Ebola outbreak: Virus fears hit airlines in the wallet

Share prices fall as tensions rise, and travellers to Madrid and Marrakech have contacted the travel desk of The Independent with fears

Richard Branson's Little Red airline to fold

Virgin's domestic flight network has faced problems from the outset

Paul Litten, commercial director at Humberside, deplored the number of passengers who drive to the London area rather than flying from their local airport

Zombie airports: When business fails to take off

Should Air Passenger Duty only apply out of London airports?

Sands of time: Blackpool may lose its airport

Simon Calder: Blackpool becomes the latest zombie airport

The man who pays his way

Beach beautiful: Goa is cheaper if you avoid Christmas

Winter sun destinations: Traveller's Guide, from Caribbean bargains and Egypt to cruise news and US

There are plenty of affordable places to explore if you want to jet away from the cold. From cruises and birdwatching to Caribbean beaches, Simon Calder looks at the options

Bruce Chatwin's novel 'On the Black Hill' was set at The Vision Farm

Bruce Chatwin's Wales: One of the finest one-day walks in Britain

You need not go to the ends of the earth to get close to the spirit of Bruce Chatwin. Simon Calder heads for Wales, to the home and views that once inspired the great adventurer
Spanking new: Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas

November's the month for Atlantic crossings: Cruise report

Will people really be tempted to cruise because of the on-board dodgems?
Cruise control: 'Carnival Freedom'

Simon Calder: A priceless experience – but at what cost?

The man who pays his way
The flight was nearing its destination when a system malfunction triggered a fire warning

Boeing 787 in trouble again after emergency Polish Airlines diversion

Air Berlin cancels $5bn order for 15 787s

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Escape to Moominland

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24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
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A taste for rebellion

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What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
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Call me Ed Mozart

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From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
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Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Prolific opener had world at his feet until Harmison and Flintoff bounced him
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'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
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From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
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'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital