Simon Calder is Britain’s leading travel commentator but it wasn’t always like this. He began his career at
Gatwick airport, where he cleaned out planes for Sir Freddie Laker and, later, frisked passengers (for a job, that
is; not a hobby).
He then started to write travel guidebooks and travel articles. Today Simon is Senior Travel Editor of The
Independent and is known as “the man who pays his way”, which means that he pays for all his own travel.
Simon also writes for the Evening Standard, the i newspaper, BA’s in fl ight magazine, High Life and a host of
Once a month, he presents the Global Guru section of The Travel Show (BBC Worldwide and BBC2) where he
answers viewers travel questions and queries.
He was recently a contestant on Celebrity Mastermind and his specialist subject was Concorde. Much to his
amazement, he won.
Simon is also a regular guest on national TV, often seen on BBC Breakfast News, Good Morning Britain, ITV
News and Sky News. He is often interviewed on BBC radio, particularly for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Five Live!