Latest Simon Calder video diary
Havana good time: will Cuba change?

Cuba libre: what the US moves mean for you

The man who drinks rum all day

Bus pass: the very first overland adventure, 1959

Overland travel: 'No slackers' – not your normal rules of the road

The man who pays his way

Go for a spin: the Christmas market

Maastricht travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

From this weekend, a Christmas market brings extra conviviality to this compact and surprising city in the southern Netherlands. Simon Calder explores

The UK's air strategy is stuck in a holding pattern

Who has the most 'thankless task' in travel?

The man who pays his way

Eurostar celebrates 20 years of service; the train links London with Brussels and Paris

Why I'm a Eurostar sceptic

Its first journey 20 years ago should have signalled the start of a golden era of train travel. But in spite of advances, there’s still more work to be done if Eurostar is to compete with the low-cost airlines, says Simon Calder

Splash out: water and sculpture in the Parc de la Ciutadella

Barcelona travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

Catalan identity is more evident than ever in the region's beautiful capital

Miro image: the Catalan artist has decorated Barcelona's main artery, La Rambla

How dangerous is it to travel abroad?

The man who pays his way

Christopher Hart, acting chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), during a news conference in Mojave, California

Simon Calder: Will space tourism ever happen? It's a certainty

It will happen in significant numbers - perhaps a few thousand per year - within a decade

Tenerife - Parque Nacional del teide.

Simon Calder: Climbing season is beginning, but be careful

The man who pays his way

Squeezy jet: Air France packs passengers in

What's the French for flying sardines?

The man who pays his way

The sun also rises: Hemingway was seduced by Havana's charms

Havana travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

As winter takes hold in Britain, sunny days and warm nights await in the Cuban capital

High demand: BA overbooked a flight from Ibiza

My flight was late because ...

The man who pays his way

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

Simon Calder: Balfour declaration puts Blackpool's lights out

The man who pays his way
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

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