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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
Tourists photograph soldiers outside the Thai police headquarters in Bangkok

Thailand coup travel Q&A: Is it safe for visitors, and what are travellers’ options?

Thailand's military has taken control of the country. But what does this mean for people holidaying there?

Thirst class: should drink-flying be banned?

Simon Calder: UK aviation's alarming index of inebriation

The man who pays his way

Thousands of British summer holiday plans in ruins after villa specialist Air Parade goes bust

Firm, whose main trading arm is Villa Parade, said it had 'ceased trading with immediate effect'

Blue sky thinking: the A380 is economical
Final frontier: border control at Gatwick

Simon Calder: Passport checks border on the ridiculous

The man who pays his way

5 ways to get the most out of the Channel Tunnel

Twenty years ago this week the finishing touches were being made to the undersea link between England and France, in advance of the opening on 6 May 1994

Andy Murray's Cromlix House Hotel in Kinbuck, Perthshire, has been crowned the Scottish Hotel of the Year
Southbound: the Tijuana-San Ysidro border post

Simon Calder: Mexican stand-off over cancelled flight

The man who pays his way

Flybe starts autumn fares war on domestic travel – that could make planes cheaper than trains

Flight from London to Exeter could cost as little as £23 – which is up to £95 cheaper than the rail fare

Simon Calder: Until this disaster South Korea's ferry safety record fared well compared to its Asian neighbours

Death tolls are typically high on Asian ferries, but the peninsular nation had developed an efficient system

Visa vision: Turkey has tricky new entry rules

Simon Calder: Turkish delights get tangled in red tape

The man who pays his way

Bright lights, big city break: by starting your trip in Europe, you could fly to Los Angeles for less

Cross-border ticketing: Make your mini-break go further

Treat yourself to a weekend in a European city and you can also cut the cost of a long-haul trip. Simon Calder explains 'cross-border ticketing'

Storm force 10: the Great Western line at Dawlish

Simon Calder: How InterCity makes the going ... slower

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Jumbo journey: Gatwick to Indonesia

Simon Calder: It's a long haul from Gatwick to Jakarta

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All hands on deck: Freedom Treks' Turkey cruise
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The cruise ship Crystal Serenity, which conservationists say likely has a carbon footprint around triple that of a Boeing 747
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The world’s first high-carbon-footprint voyage to witness melting ice caps

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The Jaguar E-type is claimed to be phallomorphic
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File image: Eight worshipers were killed after lighting struck a Church in Malawi on Saturday
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Passengers were 'screaming and crying' after bolt hit

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Whistle while you work: A silbador in La Gomera
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Early Heathrow flights were operating normally
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There's a lot to remember before you head to the airport. Simon Calder offers his advice

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He was then told to delete the tweet before re-boarding

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Romantic break: Prague stole Frank Turner's heart
people

'A guy was sprawled naked in the hotel corridor. We decided to sleep in the van'

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From a taste of Mexico to open-air cinema in New York

Travel
Monkeying around: Victoria Falls station
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Wood work: Nordicminimalist decor at the Stracta Hotel
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Make this Icelandic retreat your goal

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£495 - Esprit Sun
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Alpine summer holiday

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Call the shots: Art'Otel's bar
europe

What to see and where to be seen

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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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Fair trade: the idea of honesty boxes relies on people paying their way
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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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    How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

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    A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
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    Boris Johnson's war on diesel

    11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
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    Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

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    Louis van Gaal interview

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    The air strikes were tragically real

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    Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
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    How did our legends really begin?

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