Meet The Speaker: Simon Calder
Simon Calder is Britain's leading travel commentator and is known as “the man who pays his way” which means that he pays for his own travel.
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 Travel Correspondent for The Independent. Simon also writes for the Evening Standard, the i newspaper, as well many other publications.
Simon is a regular guest on national TV and radio, often seen on BBC Breakfast, Good Morning Britain, This Morning, CNN, ITV News and Sky News. Plus BBC Radio 2, 4, 5, and LBC. He has a new travel podcast called You Should Have Been There.
He is frequently interviewed on national and local BBC radio.