Simon Calder – Senior Travel Editor, The Independent; TV & Radio Broadcaster

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

other publications.

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!