This is exactly how to maximise your annual leave after lockdown

It’s safe to say that all our summer holiday plans for 2020 have been scuppered by the Covid-19 pandemic and consequently many of us have a surplus of annual leave days left to use before the end of the year.

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But with lockdown now lifting and hotels, B&Bs and campsites across the country officially allowed to reopen from 4 July, there’s still plenty of time to plan a trip for the second half of the year. Whether you’re looking to utilise the governments proposed ‘travel corridors’ to go abroad, planning a UK-based trip or even an at-home staycation, you’re going to want to make sure you make the most of your annual leave post lockdown to enjoy some well deserved time off.

And digital marketing agency AGY47 have detected some clever little hacks to really maximise your annual leave allowance for the rest of the year. In fact, there’s a nifty way to enjoy a full 25 days off work by using just 11 days of your annual leave in late 2020.

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Capitalising on the summer bank holiday, which takes place on 31 August this year, by booking just four days of annual leave from 1–4 September, you can score yourself an impressive 9 days off from work (29 August–6 September), ample time to take a late summer getaway.

Then in December, Christmas 2020 provides another opportunity for workers to maximise their annual leave – strategically booked holiday days on 29, 30 and 31 December will provide 10 consecutive days away from the office. Increase this to 7 days of annual leave (booked on 21-24 December) and you’ll more than double your time off to 16 consecutive days.

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Altogether, this comes to a rather lovely and enjoyable 25 days off work in the second half of 2020 by using just 11 days of your annual leave allowance.

And for those looking to carry over more holiday days into 2021 (thanks to the government’s new guidelines which allow employees to carry up to four weeks of annual leave forward into the next two years), extended trips could be on the cards for many Brits next year. In fact you can more than double your annual leave in 2021 and get 35 days of holiday by using just 15 days annual leave.