‘Is it safe to book a non-package holiday right now?’

? Would you book a holiday right now that wasn’t a package? There are some lovely looking villas out there, but I’m not sure about booking accommodation and flights separately.
Alexandra Reed, via email

I’d be happy to book hotels with refundable rates and flights with an airline with a flexible rebooking policy.

But for a villa, I think that unless you’re booking with a reputable company such as Vintage Travel or GIC The Villa Collection, I’d recommend a package that comes with financial protection.

If you use an online agent, because your contract is invariably with the owner, not the agent, it can be depressingly difficult to get a refund or, indeed, to contact the company at all if there’s a problem.

Likewise, trying

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