SIMON CALDER

Food and Travel (UK) - - 200 th Issue -

The multi-award-win­ning travel writer and one of the in­dus­try’s most re­spected men shares his in­sights on how travel has evolved since our first is­sue. ‘Sure, the no-frills rev­o­lu­tion has com­modi­tised air travel and in some ways made it less pleas­ant, but it’s also done won­ders for ex­tend­ing hori­zons and en­rich­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. Why set­tle for Satur­day night at your lo­cal trat­to­ria when you can meet the lo­cals at theirs in Rome, Naples or Venice for a nom­i­nal amount? While some fret­ful trav­ellers may sur­mise that the world has never been a more dan­ger­ous place to ven­ture be­cause of ter­ror­ism and other con­flicts, ac­tu­ally the op­po­site is true. In the past two decades, the num­ber of over­seas trips by Bri­tish hol­i­day­mak­ers has risen by twothirds, largely thanks to those good-value flights. How­ever, there has been no sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in the av­er­age num­ber of hol­i­day fa­tal­i­ties each year. In other words, we’re safer than ever.’ For more in­sights visit Calder’s Twit­ter ac­count, @Si­monCalder.

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