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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

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England fans wanting to soak up World Cup fever can still get there on a (reasonable) budget

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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?

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

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Simon Calder: Passport checks border on the ridiculous

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Andy Murray's Cromlix House Hotel in Kinbuck, Perthshire, has been crowned the Scottish Hotel of the Year
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Simon Calder: Mexican stand-off over cancelled flight

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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

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