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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

Missing Flight MH370: The mystery deepens with no end in sight

When the boss of a major international airline is obliged to make an official announcement of “business as usual”, it is a sure sign that not all is well.

Private transfer: our railways are 'thriving'

Simon Calder: Changing planes and trains? Not so fast

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The world according to Simon Calder

For 20 years The Man Who Pays His Way has journeyed to the ends of the Earth for 'The Independent'. Here he looks back at the changes in travel he's witnessed over the past two decades
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Go in peace: W Retreat and Spa
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With its renowned surf, serene temples and wild interior, the Indonesian island offers tranquillity and adventure

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Gardening leave: Signal Point Cottage sits in the Arid Garden
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The Rosewood London offers suite guests a complimentary 'maxi bar'
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There are still summer cruises available in Europe
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Capital idea: Madrid 'feels like proper Spain'
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£896 - Hayes & Jarvis
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City break in New York

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Summer time: how long is left on your passport?
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Perfect match: modern art is mixed with traditional materials
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Writing on the wall: Borussia Dortmund's colourful stadium
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A new 800km trail shows you where world-beaters are made

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Wing and a prayer: The purple emperor butterfly
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Wildlife Weekend

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Table for one: Japanese restaurants are designed to cater for solo diners
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Old charmer: the Dolaucothi Arms is 200 years old
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Top table: the now closed el Bulli in Spain
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Singapore's Food Festival, Arctic Reindeer Migration, and a literary London hotel

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Future of travel: An artist's impression of Birmingham New Street station
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Famiglia territory: Il Salviatino in Florence invites guests to dine as an authentic Italian family would
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Eyes wide open: Google Glass is now on sale in the UK
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Regal relic: Victoria, was named in honour of the queen
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Linking Malta with its sleepy sister could spoil the outpost's charm

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