The Holiday Guru solves traveller queries from ESTAs for the US to flights to New Zealand

How many times you can use an ESTA to visit the U.S. and the ‘sweet spot’ for booking flights to New Zealand: The Holiday Guru solves traveller queries

The Holiday Guru is always on call to answer your questions.

This week trips to San Francisco and Vancouver as well as finding the official website for Indian visas are also on the agenda…

Q. I would like to visit San Francisco and Vancouver for four days in each, as I have an avid interest in public transport and both have good transport systems. Can you help?

Allan Cotton, Yarm, N. Yorks.

San Francisco has a museum dedicated to its famous cable cars, pictured 

A. Four nights in each cost from £2,125 for a single traveller or £1,475pp for two including flights and hotels (0800 3160194, bon-voyage.co.uk). Don’t miss the intriguing San Francsico Railway Museum (streetcar.org/museum) and the city’s Cable Car Museum (cablecarmuseum.org). The West Coast Railway Heritage Park is an hour’s drive north of Vancouver (wcra.org).

Q. My ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) for visiting the United States expires in October 2020. I used it to go to South Carolina in January. Can I use it again to visit Florida?

Marlene Clark, via email.

A. Yes. Your ESTA is valid for multiple trips of up to 90 days within a two-year period before the expiry date. Go to ‘Check ESTA Status’ at esta.cbp.dhs.gov to confirm.

Q. WHAT is the best time to book flights to New Zealand for November 2020?

J. Blake, via email.

The best time for booking flights to New Zealand, pictured, is usually six to 12 weeks ahead

The best time for booking flights to New Zealand, pictured, is usually six to 12 weeks ahead

A. The ‘sweet spot’ is usually six to 12 weeks ahead. You can track prices on Google’s flights page.

Q. My wife and I are cruising from Dubai to Singapore, calling at Goa. What is the official website for visas?

Stuart Moore, via email.

A. It is indianvisaonline.gov.in and they cost £20 each.

Q. I am 81 and would like to revisit the Alexander Beach Hotel in Malia, Crete. A friend says this for younger people now.

Mr D.W. Sampson, Sheffield.

A. Not at all. The hotel suits all ages (alexander-beach.com).

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The Holiday Guru is here to answer your questions. Send them to holidayplanner@dailymail.co.uk or write to Daily Mail Travel, Northcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TT — include contact details. We’ll do our best to answer but can’t reply to every enquiry. Please do not send in original documents.


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