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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Lean machine: Sir Richard at Euston

Simon Calder: Trains, planes and spaceships

The man who pays his way
The Boeing 777 with 239 people on board disappeared in March

Missing Flight MH370 search to resume

Six months after search and rescue teams converged on the southern Indian Ocean to look for the missing Malaysian jet, another mission to find the aircraft is about to start. But the latest international hunt for MH370 will get under way amid acrimony about the possible cause of the plane’s loss.

South Africa's tough new travel rules postponed to June 2015

New law seeks to tackle child abduction and the trafficking of young people

Scottish independence: Should Scotland have its own national airline?

Europe’s airline bosses don't think so. Ryanair's chief marketing officer said “We’re quite happy to re-brand some of the aircraft ‘McRyanair’”

Koh Tao is smaller and more remote than its larger neighbours, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan

Thailand beach murders: The sinister streak lurking beneath seeming paradise

Killing of pair on Koh Tao takes to 13 the number of British visitors to Thailand murdered in the past five years

Traffic disruption: the law is intended to combat child abduction

South Africa's red tape tangle: Inside Travel

Be aware of a new law affecting young travellers, warns Simon Calder
Second best: if the Northern Lights are a no-show first time around, you get another try free

Simon Calder: The light programme with a possible repeat

The man who pays his way
A Ryanair Boeing 737 aircraft

Ryanair: Squeezing eight more on board will give passengers 'more' room, claims budget airline

Controversial CEO Michael O'Leary also promises his airline will never charge for the loo

Two easyJet airplanes on the ground

Air traffic-controllers strike: Hundreds of flights grounded across Europe

An estimated 5,000 to 6,000 passengers flying between the UK and Italy will be affected

Open skies: a new view from Terminal 4

Simon Calder: Why squander slots on the shortest hops?

The man who pays his way
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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam