Latest Simon Calder video diary

Malaysia Airlines MH370: the missing aircraft, and what investigators will be looking for

The aircraft apparently lost over the South China Sea was a Boeing 777. This twin-jet entered service in 1995, and it has become one of the world’s most successful aircraft - as well as one of the safest.

Swiss air: Geneva is the pick of BA's day trips

Simon Calder: If life's too short, how about a BAwayday?

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Coiled in spring: western diamondbacks

Simon Calder: Snakes alive, but not for long – in Texas at least

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Wing it: bats at Congress Avenue Bridge

48 Hours In: Austin

The capital of Texas comes alive this weekend, with pioneering flights giving easier access to a city that has a spring in its step. Simon Calder saddles up

Simon Calder: Why won't the airline make me an offer?

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End game: King's Cross, 4.30am on Thursday

Simon Calder: A whistle-stop tour of northern England

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Colombia calls: new flights to Bogota

Simon Calder: Things go better with Colombian flights

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No go: easyJet blamed a database error

Simon Calder: Computer says 'no' to Gatwick passengers

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Water feature: a canal view

Room Service: Andaz, Amsterdam

A hotel to inspire Wanders lust

Summit's up: the first stage of the ascent to Aconcagua

Climbing Aconcagua: A long walk to the roof of the Western world

Do you need inner strength or technical prowess to climb the highest mountain in the Americas? Neither, says Simon Calder

Touch base: the portable loos on Aconcagua

Simon Calder: 48 Hours in Base Camp

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Driving up costs: tourists face taxes in Mexico

Simon Calder: Pack extra pounds if you're off to the sun

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Vibrant Guangzhou

5 ways to... enjoy an exotic stopover on the way to Australia

Adjust your body clock and explore an exciting city en route, says Simon Calder

Hub cap: the expansion debate continues

Simon Calder: Transit traffic and the airport problem

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Water feature: the Jet d’Eau is a city icon

48 Hours In: Geneva

This handsome lakeside city, financial centre and gateway to the Alps, is gearing up for carnival season, writes Simon Calder

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