How to get 35 days of holiday next year using just 15 days annual leave

As the chance of a summer holiday happening this year looks less and less likely, we’re turning our attention to our 2021 holidays instead.

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Although still a way off, we need something to look forward to (and daydream about in the middle of our WFH days) once ‘this’ is all over, and so distant summer holidays are firmly on the brain. Maybe you’re holding out hope that you’ll be jetting off somewhere warm and sunny with the girls, or perhaps you’re thinking about a family staycation in the UK. Or maybe you’re thinking of putting those refunded pennies from your cancelled holiday this year towards ticking off a big bucket list destination next year.

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Whatever your future holidaying plans hold, one thing worth bearing in mind is how to plan it strategically to maximise on your holiday days. While the average UK workers gets around 25 days of annual leave, if you’re tactical, you could score yourself a nice 35 days of holidaying time next year, and you’ll only need to use 15 days of annual leave to do so.

Below we’ve broken it down for you so that you know exactly when to book your holidays in 2021 to make the most of your sacred annual leave. You’re welcome.

How to maximise your annual leave in 2021

Easter weekend

Days to book off: 29, 30 and 31 March and 1, 6, 7, 8, 9 April

Annual leave used: 8

Holiday days gained: 16

Easter falls at the beginning of April next year – Good Friday is on 2 April with Easter Monday following on 5 April. Plan your vacay around this weekend by booking off 29, 30 and 31 March and 1, 6, 7, 8, 9 April and you’ll need only use a mere eight days of annual leave to score yourself a 16 day-long holiday. The perfect time to plan that trip of a lifetime you’ve always wanted to do.

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All bank holidays

Days to book off: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday following any bank holiday weekend

Annual leave used: 4

Holiday days gained: 9

Turn a regular bank holiday weekend into a nine-day holiday by booking off the following Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after any bank holiday weekend – be that the Early May, Spring or August bank holiday. You’ll have only used a neat four days of annual leave to score yourself a leisurely nine-day holiday – plenty of time for a week long break with a prep and recovery day at either end.

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Days to book off: 29, 30 and 31 December

Annual leave used: 3

Holiday days gained: 10

Cash in at Christmas by using just three days of annual leave to gain 10 gloriously festive days off work next year. With Christmas Day falling on a Saturday in 2021, this means Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 December become substitute bank holidays – consequently New Year’s Day also falls on a Saturday, making the following Monday 3 January a substitute bank holiday. This means that by simply booking three days off work (29, 30 and 31 December) you can take advantage of a whopping 10 days holiday.