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This week how to get a visa for India for cruise stop-offs is also on the agenda…
Q. My husband and I are in our 70s and thinking of taking our teenaged grandchildren to Thailand over Christmas, but then friends told us they saw snakes there. We are terrified of snakes. Can you suggest somewhere else?
V. Brooks, Midsomer Norton, Somerset
Horseshoe Bay in Bermuda, which is snake-less and warm. The island has slithering legless reptiles whatsoever or poisonous spiders
A. Snake-free travel possibilities are many and varied, but tend to be quite cold. If you are after somewhere snake-less and warm, how about Bermuda, which has no slithering legless reptiles whatsoever (or poisonous spiders)? A week’s stay at Coco Reef Resort is from £1,819pp with flights departing from Gatwick on December 20 (virginholidays.co.uk). Hawaii and New Zealand are also possibilities as is, much closer to home, Ireland.
Q. Since I had a stroke three years ago I have used sticks for walking and have lost the confidence to travel alone. Is there a company that might cater for me?
Margaret Brownley, Birmingham
A Yes. Saga Holidays, which specialises in breaks for the over 50s and covers holidays suited to different levels of mobility, is the obvious choice. To discuss your individual requirements, call 0800 300400 (travel.saga.co.uk).
Q. I saw your item on Indian visas for cruise stop-offs, but when I looked on India’s official visa website the information was unclear. Can you please clarify?
Paul Cooban, via email
India this week reduced its tourist visa prices substantially. Pictured is the city of Mumbai
A. India this week reduced its tourist visa prices substantially, if you book direct, to £33 for one year (previously £66) or £20.50 for travel for up to 30 days between July and March, or £8 for 30 days between April and June (indianvisaonline.gov.in). To see the new prices click on ‘E-tourist visa’, then ‘Instructions for applicants’, then go to number six on the list and click through. Amrit Singh, managing director of Indian specialist TransIndus, said: ‘India is trying to kick start tourism, which has been in the doldrums recently.’
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