My career in travel began at Gatwick airport, where I cleaned out planes for Sir Freddie Laker and, later, frisked passengers (for a job, that is; not a hobby). I then graduated in Mathematics from Warwick University, and began to write travel guidebooks to nations such as Cuba and cities like Amsterdam.
In 1994, I became Travel Editor of The Independent, a post which I have held for so long that I am now called Senior Travel Editor. I regularly talk about travel on radio and television, I am a presenter for Sky Travel and on Sundays between 2 and 4 pm, I have my own travel programme on the radio news station for London, LBC 97.3, called Simon Calder’s Travel Clinic.
For more information see www.simoncalder.com
Favourite places: Cuba, Portugal, Scotland, San Sebastian (Spain), London, Mexico City.