Simon Calder


Simon Calder is one of the UK’s most preeminent travel commentators. Known for presenting BBC Two’s Travel Show, as well as being the travel editor of The Independent and a travel article and guide writer, Simon is an award-winning journalist.

Simon was awarded an Outstanding Achievement award and Broadcast Journalist of the Year at the Travel Press Awards in 2012, before winning the News Journalist of the Year for Print at the Business Travel Journalism Awards.

He has featured on BBC, ITV and Sky News being interviewed on most daytime chat shows over the past decade. These appearances include 33 episodes of Good Morning Britain, 18 episodes of This Morning, 49 episodes of Breakfast and a host of appearances on shows including Watchdog, The Wright Stuff, The One Show, Midlands Today, Holiday, Beeching’s Tracks, Mastermind, Jet! When Britain Ruled the Skies and Daybreak.

Whether the esteemed travel journalist is taking viewers on a journey around the city of York, Malta or Bermuda as part of his 48 Hours in… series or looking at the revival of the abandoned Beeching’s rail tracks; offering travel tips to viewers, reports on the Majorca hotel crisis commenting on the latest travel issues and scams, Simon has become ever present in the public eye.

A regular on radio as well as television, Simon is often called upon to discuss travel issues on BBC Radio 4. His extensive knowledge on the subject, coupled with unique stories from his travels around the globe make him hugely popular with the national media. In addition to heading up the travel reportage of The Independent, as the Senior Travel Editor, Simon often pens columns for the likes of iPaper and The Evening Standard.

A fascinating presenter and travel expert who is an articulate conversationalist, as well as an engaging, thought-provoking host, Simon makes for the perfect personality to present at awards ceremonies and corporate events. As a keynote travel speaker, a guest host or conference facilitator, Simon offers a presentation tailored to the specifics of any event.

Ideal for an inspirational speech or to give a travel company the edge, Simon Calder commands a room, no matter how big or small, making him the perfect addition to any occasion.

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When at corporate events, Simon is known to cover the following topics:

  • Drive & Determination
  • Peak Performance
  • Concorde
  • Fidel Castro’s Government
  • Nuclear War