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Simon Calder: Where passing 'without let or hindrance' is an empty hope, starting with the US

Road-weary travellers trying to untangle the red tape involved in a trans-African journey or a rail trip from Moscow to Beijing have long mocked the self-important demand contained in every British passport: "Her Britannic Majesty's Secretary of State requests and requires in the name of Her Majesty all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance".

Liberty Island - location for the Statue of Liberty - will be off-limits for the duration of the shutdown

Simon Calder: What effect will the US shutdown have on British tourists travelling to America?

The closure of so many key attractions is likely to put pressure on the museums and galleries which are open

Easy way: the airline has unveiled a new charter
A police officer tries to secure an area inside the Westgate Shopping Centre

Nairobi shopping mall attack: If foreigners steer clear of Kenya, the terrorists claim another victory

British travellers might go elsewhere for superb beaches and safari locations

Rock star: the capital's Grand Harbour

48 Hours In: Malta

Spend a day in and around Valletta, the historic capital of this Mediterranean nation, then explore deeper into the Maltese islands, says Simon Calder

Black out: the obscured Thai Airways logo

Simon Calder: How a minor prang became a major case of 'de-identification'

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Dark skies: Ayia Napa is less than 200 miles from Damascus

Simon Calder: Book Ayia Napa, get Armageddon?

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Special agent: using a travel professional can help

Simon Calder: Middle men are best in moderation

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Knocked for six: the Gabba, Brisbane

Ashes to Ashes: Next stop Australia

England saw off Australia's cricketers in the home series. Now it's time to go Down Under and watch them do it all over again. Simon Calder explains how

Researchers have devised an equation for the 'correct' price for a one-way economy-class journey: $50 (£32), plus 11c (7p) for every mile of the flight. The results show that most passengers flying from Britain pay significantly less than the global average

Fares fair: UK air fares are below the 'correct' price for travel all over the world

Researchers set one-way economy class journey price at £32, plus 7p for every mile of the flight

Tubular hell: waiting for the train at Hammersmith

Simon Calder: In travel, you need the right approach

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All aboard: Rocky Mountaineer

Rocky ride on the new great western

A luxury North American rail adventure begins today. Simon Calder got a preview of the coastal journey from Vancouver to Seattle

A river runs through it: soaking up the sunset on the Rhine

48 Hours In: Düsseldorf

The cutting-edge architecture, cultural sights and lively bars of this scenic German city on the Rhine are now easier to reach, says Simon Calder

Simon Calder: Paradise - coming to the Home Counties soon

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Simon Calder: Know your station, if you want the best views of London

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