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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Old favourite: arts and crafts in the Casco Vello

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

This thriving fishing port in Spain's wild west is about to get a connection with Britain, says Simon Calder

The copy of Magna Carta at Salisbury Cathedral

Solar Eclipse 2015: Don't fear if you missed the partial eclipse over Britain today – 2017's total eclipse will be even more impressive

Thought today's partial eclipse was a little underwhelming? America’s total version two years from now will create the biggest single movement of people for the purposes of tourism in human history, says Simon Calder

The Bardo Museum in Tunis, famous for its exceptional collection of mosaics

Tunis attack: Foreign Office urges British travellers to avoid Bardo Museum

At least seven tourists were killed in a shooting today

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In practise the flights may cost around £100 each way - if they ever get off the ground

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The last contact with the Boeing 777 MH370 took place at 1.19am, local time

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The interim report into the disappearance of MH370 may raise more questions than it answers

Flight MH370 disappeared on 8 March with 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board

MH370 search: Malaysian Airlines flight flown off course deliberately – and search was hampered by airline's mistakes, report shows

The aircraft's transponder was turned off by someone on the flight deck, rendering the plane invisible to civilian radar

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