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Simon Calder

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. News Journalist of the Year - National/Broadcast/Business Media in the 2017 Business Travel Journalism Awards. The prize was for an article about “callable flights”, an alternative to overbooking in the wake of the notorious United Airlines incident involving Dr David Dao. The judges described it as “a creative, excellent article”.

Peru rescue missions could still leave some UK travellers stranded

Some British nationals say they have ‘no hope’ of boarding repatriation flights and are in hotel guarded by soldiers

Advice for UK travellers after Foreign Office warns against all travel

‘The Covid-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented international border closures and other restrictions,’ says the Foreign Office

Cruise ships still being turned away from ports worldwide

Normal operations ‘to restart on 12 May’ says Royal Caribbean Cruise Line – but some ports will remain closed for months