Latest Simon Calder video diary
High demand: BA overbooked a flight from Ibiza

My flight was late because ...

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No pleasure: an online petition failed to save Blackpool's airport from closure

Simon Calder: Balfour declaration puts Blackpool's lights out

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A boy’s temperature is taken using an infrared laser thermometer at the international airport in Abuja, Nigeria

Ebola virus 'enhanced screening' will waste time and money while providing false reassurance

Given that no arriving passenger wears a badge announcing where their journey began, details of which travellers will be targeted are scanty

Isis and Ebola in Europe: Am I still safe to travel this half-term?

Simon Calder answers readers' questions on their travel concerns as the deadly disease reaches Europe and militants spread their reach towards Syria's border with Turkey

Botswana's amazing wildlife features on eight pages about the country in 'The World', while Brazil is covered in just six pages

A guidebook to the world or an airline meal of travel information?

Lonely Planet brings out the first travel guide to the entire globe today. Simon Calder was thrilled at the prospect - until he read it. Plus, the publisher justifies what they left out

Sands of time: Blackpool may lose its airport

Simon Calder: Blackpool becomes the latest zombie airport

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Beach beautiful: Goa is cheaper if you avoid Christmas

Winter sun destinations: Traveller's Guide, from Caribbean bargains and Egypt to cruise news and US

There are plenty of affordable places to explore if you want to jet away from the cold. From cruises and birdwatching to Caribbean beaches, Simon Calder looks at the options

Cruise control: 'Carnival Freedom'

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

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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

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

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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?

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Look east: Shanghai is new to BA's 3 network

Simon Calder: Places that have fallen from the map of the sky

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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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    KidZania: It's a small world

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    Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

    Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

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    Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

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    A new American serial killer?

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    Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
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    Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
    Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

    Want to change the world? Just sign here

    The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?