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The reality is that this year, booking holiday trips in September is already too late. “Labor Day is usually the defining moment for a lot of people, when they look at the remaining options and hit the trigger,” says Rowan. “But private villas and homes in popular destinations were all gone by May or June this year. Anything with four to eight bedrooms — all gone.”

The consensus is that travelers looking now have to be flexible, either about what type of accommodation they’re booking or where they’re going. Or both.

“People who pushed deposits from 2020 to 2021 have been locked in for a year, and others planned early because they didn’t want to get stuck with nothing,” explains Tumpowsky. “For everyone else, it means you have to look more broadly than you’re accustomed to. You can’t just insist on going to Barbados or on getting a particular category of room.”

Don’t plan on island hopping, either, says Hickox. Many hotels have longer minimum stay commitments during the holidays — typically seven nights. Plus, crossing various borders exposes itineraries to greater risk of countrywide shutdowns, testing complications, and additional annoyances.

If you’re willing to think about an exotic destination such as French Polynesia, many hotels impose stricter cancellation requirements over the holidays, so a booking can only be rescheduled — not refunded — if it’s forfeited within 60 days of scheduled arrival. (Deposits may be taken as early as 90 days out.) That’s a big window during which things can change. An alternative is to seek out such exceptions as the St. Regis Bora Bora, which offers no-charge, 14-day cancellations even through festive season, when a weeklong booking in an overwater bungalow runs roughly $20,000.

And consider both classic destinations and next-great-places, say the agents. “St. Barth is going to be over the top — it’s just going to be a zoo, as crazy as it’s ever been,” predicts Tumpowsky, based on early demand. Rowan says his clients, who “are sick of Cabo at this point in the pandemic (they’ve been so many times),” are looking to less-conventional destinations in Mexico, including Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido, Todos Santos, and La Paz. Those who’ve been shut out of the best hotels in Costa Rica, he adds, are considering Colombia, Panama, and Nicaragua. The issue, he says, is that with some less-developed destinations, “there may be less inventory. Sometimes it’s just three great hotels—and guess what, they’re probably all full, too.”

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