Latest Simon Calder video diary
Ready for take off: Norwegian is to fly to the US

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

The man who pays his way
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
Golden Age? Of the plane, not the train

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

The man who pays his way
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

The man who pays his way

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
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'

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    Ed Balls interview

    'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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    From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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    Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

    What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
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    Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

    Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
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    Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

    Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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    Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

    Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
    Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

    Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

    Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
    Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

    Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

    Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
    Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

    Autism-friendly theatre

    Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
    The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

    The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

    Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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    Panto dames: before and after

    From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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    Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

    Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
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    Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

    Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
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    The man who hunts giants

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