How to effectively double your annual leave in 2020

Is it a little soon to be planning your holidays for 2020?

Perhaps, but we like to think of it as being super-organised rather than procrastinating important stuff to browse flights to Japan.

If you’re in the advanced booking boat with us, it’s time to get strategic.

As is always the case, there are certain sneaky ways to make your annual leave feel like more days off than it actually is.

How, you may ask, do you do that without just pulling a load of sick days?

Simple (ish) – book in your days off around Bank Holidays so you can get big chunks of time off rather than just a few spare days.

One guide effectively turns your 28 days annual leave (that’s the UK average, FYI), into 60 days off… including weekends.

To be clear, this is not at all a magic trick to actually give you more time off, but a technique to use if you want to stack your holidays together.

Okay. Ready? Get out your calendar and note this all down.

How to make the most of your annual leave:

December 2019/January 2020 

Take a 14-day holiday by only booking seven days off by requesting days off around the festive period. You’ll want to book off 23 December to 5 January.

 

April 

Take an 11-day holiday by booking five days off: 9 April to 19 April. This is right across Easter so you’ll get some freebie days.

 

May

Booking off 8 May to 25 May will get you an 18-day holiday while only using 10 days of annual leave.

 

August/September

Book off 29 August to 6 September to have nine days in a row off by booking four days off.

 

December

You can have an eight day holiday by booking two days off: 28 December to 4 January.

 

Total annual leave taken: 28

Total days (including weekends) off: 60

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