Latest Simon Calder video diary

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.

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
Private transfer: our railways are 'thriving'

Simon Calder: Changing planes and trains? Not so fast

The man who pays his way
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'

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Smoke rising as an eruption of the volcano near Eyjafjallajoekull glacier occured, some 120 km away from Reykjavik, Iceland.
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EuropeIt’s easy to escape the tourist crowds in Florence

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La Semilla, Playa del Carmen

Americas From Playa del Carmen to Puerto Vallarta

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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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Make a splash: Poolside at the Beverly Hills Hotel
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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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Waters in Menorca: Cala Macarelleta beach
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