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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.
Monday 27 May 2002
Bargain of the week: Lisbon in June
Portugal is one of the favourites in the World Cup, which starts on Friday, so it could be a good place to spend the tournament. Caravela Tours (0870 443 8181, www.caravela.co.uk) is the discount agency for TAP Air Portugal, and is offering tempting deals throughout June. From 2 June until the end of June, it will fly you from Gatwick to the Portuguese capital for £149 – and throw in three days' car rental, based on two people travelling together. You could instead choose Porto for an extra £5 per person.
UK warning of the week: London
Next weekend, the capital will be in some chaos due to the Jubilee celebrations. Much of the city centre will be closed to unauthorised traffic. Bus services will be seriously disrupted by diversions. On Saturday 1 June these will be around Victoria; between 3am and 9am on Sunday, the Trafalgar Square-Fleet Street axis will be closed. From 5pm on Monday until Tuesday evening, much of the centre will be off-limits to buses. Charing Cross rail station will be closed. "Pickpockets will be attracted to the large crowds," says Transport for London (020-7222 1234, www.transportforlondon.gov.uk), which is co-ordinating buses, tubes and trains in the capital. It also warns: "Do not arrange to meet outside/inside stations."
South Asian warning of the week: should you make a passage to India?
With tension rising between Pakistan and India, the Foreign Office has issued the following bulletin for travellers to India: "In view of the recent deterioration in relations, there is an increased risk of conflict between the two countries. We advise against travel in the border areas and recommend that all travellers regularly monitor developments through the media. We advise travellers to increase their vigilance when in the vicinity of key government installations, visiting tourist sites or attending major public events in India."
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