How to maximise your annual leave to get 55 days off in 2019

Last month, we revealed how you could get 11 days off work for Christmas by using just four holiday days. And if you made the most of that, you’ll love this latest annual leave hack to maximise your holiday days for the year ahead.

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Yes we know, the year hasn’t even ended yet, but we’re already thinking about our days off next year and more specifically, when to use them up in order to get as much time off work as possible.

It’s no secret that Bank Holidays are a great way to maximise your time off throughout the year. And thanks to the way the calendar is set up in 2019, you could turn your 25 day annual leave allowance into 55 days off work – yes, that’s more than double the usual amount!

So, here’s how it all works…

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First up, you can take eight days of annual leave at Easter for 16 consecutive days off work. This year, Good Friday and Easter Monday fall on 19 and 22 of April which means if you take between 15-18 April and 23-26 April as annual leave, you’ll be out of office from 13-28 April thanks to the weekend days in between.

If that wasn’t enough rest time, you’ll be pleased to hear that shortly after in May, you can use just four annual leave days to get nine consecutive days off or 18 days off for eight days leave, thanks to the two May Bank Holidays. All you have to do is book off 7-10 May around the 6 May Bank Holiday, and 28-31 for the late 27 May Bank Holiday.

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Similarly, the August Bank Holiday will also allow you to use only four days annual leave but get nine consecutive days off work. This is because the bank holiday is on 26 August which means if you book off four days between 27-30 August, you get all the days between 24 August and the 1 September off work, once again thanks to the weekends.

Last but not least, you can take five days of annual leave in December for 12 consecutive days off for Christmas. For this, you’d have to book the 23, 24, 27, 30 and 31 of December 2019 off, and once you add the three festive Bank Holidays (25-26 December and 1 January), you’ll be left with almost two weeks off to enjoy family time and endless mince pies. Major win!

All there’s left to do now is get in early and secure those dates. Enjoy!