Travel: Frank opinions
Simon Calder’s career in travel started at Gatwick Airport, where he cleaned aircraft for Laker Airways and later worked as a security officer. He became The Independent’s Travel Correspondent in 1994, and is known as “the Man Who Pays His Way” because he does not accept free travel facilities. He writes across the Independent titles, as well as for the Evening Standard.
Saturday 21 May 1994
That the 'Independent Traveller' has become synonymous with straight talk is largely thanks to Frank Barrett, who has navigated it through the seas of temptation and misinformation with consummate skill.
But he was greatly helped in his mission by you, the readers, particularly those who have suffered the slings and arrows of travel misfortunes.
If you encounter unexplained 'operational difficulties', or happen upon the ultimate deterrent against mosquitoes or time-share touts, don't be put off by the new (and gorgeous) face at the top of this column. Please keep writing, and sharing your experiences with other 'Independent Travellers'.
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