Generally speaking, travel advisors say they are having a modicum of success booking destinations closer to home, primarily for 2021.
“My clients are slowly but surely starting to book travel again,” said Jemica Archer of TruBlue Travels. “Most of my clients are looking ahead to 2021. I have a few groups scheduled for Costa Rica and the Caribbean in the first quarter.”
She added, “The Caribbean will always be a favorite and is already starting to see visitors – and [Caribbean destinations] are enforcing entry protocols.”
Holly Lombardo of Classic Travel Advisors, an affiliate of Travel Expert, said that while she’s received some last-minute bookings for summer 2020, “the vast majority” of her clients are rebooking for May 2021 or later.
“I’ve also have had a fair number of clients plan and book vacations only to cancel them within a day or two after having second thoughts,” she said. “One booking was for four couples to New Zealand in February. We placed a deposit and then not one day later they canceled. The increase in (U.S.) COVID infections made them reconsider.”
Going forward, Lombardo said she believes that “the U.S., Canada and Mexico will be the first to thrive. Americans will drive more as they are more assured that there will not be a change in entry requirements. Destinations with vast open spaces and villa rentals will remain popular for years to come.”
Claire Schoeder of Elevations Travel, an affiliate of Signature Travel Network, is booking Mexico resort stays now for late 2020 and winter/spring 2021.