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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Cash machine: delayed flights trigger big payouts

Thomas Cook: after a 27-hour delay, have a voucher

The man who pays his way

Tourists warned to avoid travelling on buses in Tel Aviv

Warnings stepped up for travellers to Israel and Thailand

Tourists warned of bus attacks in Israel - as Thai authorities step up drug-testing

The greatest mystery in aviation history remains unsolved

MH370 has been declared an accident – what are the consequences?

Simon Calder answers the key questions

Pan-American Adventure: a Dragoman trip in Patagonia

How to spend your pension on travel

With the rules for withdrawing your money set to change this year, Simon Calder suggests some trips worth splashing out on

The jet is thought to have crashed in the Southern Indian Ocean

MH370: Malaysian government declares disappearance of jet an 'accident' and says everyone on board is 'dead'

Civil aviation chief breaks news with 'the heaviest heart and deepest sorrow'

British Airways' changes to its loyalty scheme is bad news for economy-class passengers, whose earning power will plummet

Anger as British Airways ‘devalues’ air miles

Economy-class passengers will earn fewer points under radical changes

Scotrail train travels through snow covered country side near Lenzie, Scotland

The National Rail Passenger Survey: Best and worst of Britain’s railways revealed

Rail travel through the Scottish Highlands is the best-loved in Britain

70.5 million passengers streamed through Dubai airport last year

Heathrow loses busiest international airport crown to Dubai

Dubai handled 70.5m international travellers to Heathrow's 68.1m in 2014

If you have already booked your holiday, there is no obvious reason why you should cancel (Simon Calder)

Inside Travel: Greece 2015 Q&A - should we cancel our Greek holiday? Are our flights safe? And what will we be spending there?

The election in Greece has triggered more political and economic instability in the euro zone, and great uncertainty about the year ahead. Around two million British holidaymakers visit the country annually. Should they reconsider? Simon Calder answers travellers’ concerns.

Weather NYC: Thousands of transatlantic travellers face serious disruption caused by New York winter storm 'Juno'

A dozen outbound flights from Heathrow to New York, Philadelphia and Boston have already been cancelled

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The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

The saffron censorship that governs India

Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss