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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A Tunisian security member stands next to a swimming pool at the resort town of Sousse following a shooting attack

Two massacres in three months… so why does the Foreign Office insist Tunisia is no more dangerous than Spain or the Dordogne?

Even after two massacres of tourists to Tunisia, the latest Foreign Office advice stops short of putting it on the government’s holiday blacklist

Peter Long, left, joint chief executive of the TUI Group, and Nick Longman, managing director of the TUI Group made a statement to the media on Saturday

Tunisia beach attack: Anger at tour operator's cancellation policy for British travellers

Tui is imposing normal cancellation conditions for trips from August onwards

A British holidaymaker waits at Enfidha airport in Sousse. The big tour operators and airlines are attempting to bring back customers who want to head home early after the attack (EPA)

Tunisia hotel attack Q&A: What are the options for people booked to travel to Tunisia?

Tour operators are trying to bring back tourists who want to head home early

The Foreign Office has stopped short of ordering an evacuation

Tunisia hotel attacks: Government warns of more potential threats to tourists - but stops short of ordering evacuation

Foreign Office update will have been greeted with relief by Tunisia's fragile tourist industry

Holiday companies are urgently organising an airlift to evacuate the holidaymakers caught up in the attack

Tunisia hotel attack Q&A: Does the atrocity indicate a new trend among terrorists? How does this change our mindset on travel?

The horror of a holiday beach turning into a battle zone has raised many questions about Tunisia as a destination - and the possible risks in other holiday locations.

Police officers surround a man (C) suspected to be involved in an attack on a beachside hotel in Sousse, Tunisia June 26, 2015.

Tunisia hotel attack: The repercussions of a tragedy that has reverberated around the world

It is the worst slaughter of holidaymakers since the Luxor attack of 1997

Holiday companies are urgently organising an airlift to evacuate the holidaymakers caught up in the attack

Tunisia hotel attack Q&A: The key questions after the atrocity in the seaside town of Sousse

At least 28 people are reported to have died, including Britons

Lost in France: stranded: passengers wait for information at Lille Europe station

Eurostar: From Channel hop to hostage drama

Simon Calder: The man who pays his way

A First TransPennine express train heading for Manchester. Plans to electrify the line between Manchester and Leeds will be “paused” to allow Network Rail to get “back on track”

Network Rail's decision to shelve rail projects due to failures in modernisation plan provokes furious reaction

'Britain's railways will be jammed in the slow lane all the time - they are nothing more than a money making racket for the private sector'

Protesting French employees of the company English Channel passenger and freight ferry company

Calais strikes likely to happen again, warns Government

Transport Minister Robert Goodwill says he fears 'we’ve got more trouble to come'

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