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Red route: hitch-hiking is prohibited in Namibia

Simon Calder: Breaking the rule of thumb in Namibia

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All change: Marseille is to get a new train link

Simon Calder: Trains to Europe on track at last

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Monkeying around: Victoria Falls station

Simon Calder: Monkeying around with the railways

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Simon Calder: Lakes & Mountains ... and passport confusion

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Sign language: Shenfield station’s puzzling board

Simon Calder: A question of travel to Essex and beyond

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Ready for take off: Norwegian is to fly to the US

Simon Calder: Norwegian's cheap, but Korean's pitch perfect

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Golden Age? Of the plane, not the train

Simon Calder: Short hop, short notice, high fare? Not always

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Direct dial: roaming charges are being cut within the EU

Using your mobile abroad: Careless talk costs loads

There can be a high price to pay if you use your mobile phone abroad. Simon Calder helps you tackle the issue, wherever you may roam
Airline bosses are understandably furious at the retrospective recompense they are now obliged to pay

Simon Calder: Today's ruling has airline bosses fuming

“As you have a 3-hour plus delayed flight in the last 6 years. New EU regs say your entitled to £499.76 in cash. Reply DELAY to get it sent out now.”

Simon Calder: New legal ruling spells trouble for airlines

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Exclusive video interview: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is on first flight out of Heathrow Terminal 2

Simon Calder meets the internet entrepreneur at the newly-opened facility

The flying game: George Clooney in Up In The Air

The maths of missing your flight

A professor claims to have calculated the perfect check-in time – if you're willing to miss your flight occasionally. Simon Calder has some equations of his own

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

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La Semilla, Playa del Carmen

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EuropeThe Corsican outpost of Cavallo adopts an Italian accent in summer
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Great Dane: Sofie Grabol from 'The Killing'
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back in vogue25 years after the fall of the Wall, City-West has attention it deserves
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High life: Toronto's skyline is pierced by the CN Tower
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Down time: Atlanta offers respite from the road
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Red route: hitch-hiking is prohibited in Namibia
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Cool water: the hotel's stone pool
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This farm conversion goes against the grain

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Florida fly-drive

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The Hedonist

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