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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Virgin territory: The airline flies to six Caribbean islands
Direct dial: roaming charges are being cut within the EU

Using your mobile abroad: Careless talk costs loads

There can be a high price to pay if you use your mobile phone abroad. Simon Calder helps you tackle the issue, wherever you may roam
A moment of reflection: the Mauritshuis overlooks a canal

48 Hours In: The Hague

This Dutch city is easy to reach and, with its artistic heart beating once again, it's more rewarding than ever, as Simon Calder discovers
Golden Age? Of the plane, not the train

Simon Calder: Short hop, short notice, high fare? Not always

The man who pays his way
Airline bosses are understandably furious at the retrospective recompense they are now obliged to pay

Simon Calder: Today's ruling has airline bosses fuming

“As you have a 3-hour plus delayed flight in the last 6 years. New EU regs say your entitled to £499.76 in cash. Reply DELAY to get it sent out now.”

Simon Calder: New legal ruling spells trouble for airlines

The man who pays his way
Away from it all: the new Woburn Forest Center Parcs

Center Parcs: 'If the kids are happy, we're happy'

For high-end short breaks, it seems we can't get enough of Center Parcs. As a new outpost opens in Bedfordshire, Simon Calder explains the resorts' unique brand of fun
A Monarch Airlines stewardess going through a pre-flight safety demonstration

Airline hails success of 'zero-tolerance' approach to misbehaviour on flights to Ibiza

A leading British airline has halved the incidence of unruly passengers on flights to Ibiza by working with police and airport staff on a “zero-tolerance” approach to misbehaviour.

Aviation community demands action on alcohol to combat increase in 'air rage'

“In a small metal tube 12,000 metres above the Earth no-one can help you,” said Martina Benkova, a Slovakian flight attendant who is now training crew in dealing with disruptive travellers. She was opening Dispax World, a conference held at Heathrow aimed at reducing the risks from unruly passengers – and crew.

The Dispax World conference was told of five suspected or confirmed cases of suicide by pilots of commercial aircraft in the past 20 years

Calls for better assessment of flight crews' mental health in wake of the disappearance of flight MH370

Experts also say more attention must be paid to the behaviour of airline employees, airport workers and passengers to improve security

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Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
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Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
From Mozart to Orson Welles: Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
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Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
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In search of Caribbean soul food

Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
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11 best face powders

Sweep away shiny skin with our pick of the best pressed and loose powder bases
England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
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America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone