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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Simon Calder: Is Heathrow being timid, or just realistic?

Last time Heathrow unveiled a shiny new terminal, triumph turned to disaster within minutes.

A boy rides his bicycle along Third Street of the Alvorada neighbourhood which is decorated for the 2014 World Cup in Manaus, one of the tournament's host cities

World Cup 2014: Last-minute packages, flight and ticket deals for Brazil

England fans wanting to soak up World Cup fever can still get there on a (reasonable) budget

Missing Flight MH370: The mystery deepens with no end in sight

When the boss of a major international airline is obliged to make an official announcement of “business as usual”, it is a sure sign that not all is well.

The world according to Simon Calder

For 20 years The Man Who Pays His Way has journeyed to the ends of the Earth for 'The Independent'. Here he looks back at the changes in travel he's witnessed over the past two decades
Tourists photograph soldiers outside the Thai police headquarters in Bangkok

Thailand coup travel Q&A: Is it safe for visitors, and what are travellers’ options?

Thailand's military has taken control of the country. But what does this mean for people holidaying there?

Thai armed soldiers stand guard

Thailand coup d'etat: How bad is the security threat to tourists visiting the country?

Tourists in Bangkok, and people with imminent travel plans to Thailand, are watching the increasing political turmoil in the country with growing alarm following the army's coup d'etat.

Thirst class: should drink-flying be banned?

Simon Calder: UK aviation's alarming index of inebriation

The man who pays his way

Heathrow takes off: Can a new Terminal 2 make Britain's biggest airport fit for the 21st century?

Simon Calder gets a preview of Britain's biggest building project. But will he be able to find his way back from gate A25 to real life?
Security forces seal off the market site where two blasts killed at least 10 and left 70 injured yesterday

Thousands of British summer holiday plans in ruins after villa specialist Air Parade goes bust

Firm, whose main trading arm is Villa Parade, said it had 'ceased trading with immediate effect'

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