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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Bruce Chatwin's novel 'On the Black Hill' was set at The Vision Farm

Bruce Chatwin's Wales: One of the finest one-day walks in Britain

You need not go to the ends of the earth to get close to the spirit of Bruce Chatwin. Simon Calder heads for Wales, to the home and views that once inspired the great adventurer
Spanking new: Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas

November's the month for Atlantic crossings: Cruise report

Will people really be tempted to cruise because of the on-board dodgems?
Cruise control: 'Carnival Freedom'

Simon Calder: A priceless experience – but at what cost?

The man who pays his way
The flight was nearing its destination when a system malfunction triggered a fire warning

Boeing 787 in trouble again after emergency Polish Airlines diversion

Air Berlin cancels $5bn order for 15 787s

Canny travellers know that Scotland is one of the best places for subsidised holidays

Simon Calder: After the referendum, the tourism dividend in Scotland

Canny travellers have long known that Scotland is possibly the best country in the world for a subsidised holiday

Lean machine: Sir Richard at Euston

Simon Calder meets Richard Branson: 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

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Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

The children orphaned by Ebola...

... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
Pride: Are censors pandering to homophobia?

Are censors pandering to homophobia?

US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence
The magic of roundabouts

Lords of the rings

Just who are the Roundabout Appreciation Society?
Why do we like making lists?

Notes to self: Why do we like making lists?

Well it was good enough for Ancient Egyptians and Picasso...
Hong Kong protests: A good time to open a new restaurant?

A good time to open a new restaurant in Hong Kong?

As pro-democracy demonstrators hold firm, chef Rowley Leigh, who's in the city to open a new restaurant, says you couldn't hope to meet a nicer bunch
Paris Fashion Week: Karl Lagerfeld leads a feminist riot on 'Boulevard Chanel'

Paris Fashion Week

Lagerfeld leads a feminist riot on 'Boulevard Chanel'
Bruce Chatwin's Wales: One of the finest one-day walks in Britain

Simon Calder discovers Bruce Chatwin's Wales

One of the finest one-day walks you could hope for - in Britain
10 best children's nightwear

10 best children's nightwear

Make sure the kids stay cosy on cooler autumn nights in this selection of pjs, onesies and nighties
Manchester City vs Roma: Five things we learnt from City’s draw at the Etihad

Manchester City vs Roma

Five things we learnt from City’s Champions League draw at the Etihad
Martin Hardy: Mike Ashley must act now and end the Alan Pardew reign

Trouble on the Tyne

Ashley must act now and end Pardew's reign at Newcastle, says Martin Hardy
Isis is an hour from Baghdad, the Iraq army has little chance against it, and air strikes won't help

Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
Last chance to see: Half the world’s animals have disappeared over the last 40 years

Last chance to see...

The Earth’s animal wildlife population has halved in 40 years
So here's why teenagers are always grumpy - and it's not what you think

Truth behind teens' grumpiness

Early school hours mess with their biological clocks
Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?

Hacked photos: the third wave

Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?