This is how you can double your annual leave in 2022

Holidays abroad aren’t as easy as they once were, thanks to Covid restrictions, testing and vaccination statuses. If you’re as desperate for an international trip abroad as we are, you might already be planning your holiday for 2022 in the hope that the Coronavirus situation around the world will have calmed down.

Before you book anything in though, you could actually get extra time off work without having to use up too much of your annual leave in 2022. In fact, you could get 30 days off work by using just 10 days of paid time off if you get your timings right. How so? Well, it’s all down to the bank holidays next year and only works if you don’t usually work on weekends or bank holidays.

2022 on the sand
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First of all, there’s the Easter break. In 2022, Good Friday is on 15 April and so Easter Monday is on 18 April. This means you can bag yourself 10 days off work using just four days of your annual leave allowance, by booking off 19-22 April. So, all in all, you could be out of the office from 15-25 April.

Next, is the extra-long bank holiday weekend in June where the nation is getting an extra day off to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee. If workers took the day off on 30 May, 31 May and 1 June, you’d get seven days off in a row as the bank holiday weekend starts on Thursday 2 June. Or, you could use 5 days of annual leave for 11 days off by booking 6 June through to 10 June.

Booking in the Christmas holidays can become quite competitive in the workplace, especially when there’s so much time off up for grabs. In 2022, Christmas Day falls on a Sunday. Boxing Day will be on Monday, so we get that off as usual. But because Christmas is on the weekend, we get a substitute bank holiday on Tuesday 27 December. To get 10 days off in a row here, all you need to do is book off 28-30 December.

The 24 December, Christmas Eve, is a Saturday and your first day off. Followed by Christmas Day, Boxing Day, a substitute bank holiday, three days annual leave, the weekend, and then another bank holiday in the new year.

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You can find a full list of bank holidays on the government website here.

With many of us in desperate need of rest and reset, this plan of action to get the most of your annual leave in 2022 sounds genius. Now we’re just wondering when it’s acceptable to put the annual leave requests in…