If, like me, you work full-time whilst planning every next adventure, then you know it’s important to maximise your annual leave.  It seems every year that there are not enough days to go exploring but with today’s current climate it is never worth the risk of taking holiday unpaid.

 

I first started thinking about maximising my annual leave when I moved to London, 3 years ago. It’s no secret that this city is expensive! So taking unpaid leave or buying additional holiday days was out of the question. So I started thinking about how I could make the most of my annual leave with what I had available. I’m aware that this might be a lot harder in the U.S. where you tend to have less annual leave than we do in the U.K., plus if there are different holidays, it could make it very U.K. specific! But alas, this is what we have to do. I’ve done a little research and found a few ways that you can fully maximise your annual leave next year for optimum traveling time!

 

Annoyingly, this year and last we had SUCH good bank holidays around Christmas time, which are smack back in the middle of the week next year, but we can make this work, people.

 

Also, disclaimer – this will probably only work if you don’t have a maximum of time you can take off work at any given point, and if you don’t work weekends. This is all I have experience of, so I’ve tried my best! Let me know if you’ve deducted any clever ways to maximising your annual leave!

 

Take 8 Days Off for a 16 day Holiday

Easter falls around late March early April next year, so you can double your holiday time by taking off the Monday 26th-29th and Tuesday 3rd-6th. Perfect for a little mid-season jaunt, don’t you think? This is great as well for the budget conscious, as flying out on the 23rd March anywhere is a lot cheaper than flying out on the 30th!

Take 3 Days off for 10 day holiday

If Christmas holidays are your thing, and you have a little wiggle room this year, then take off the 27-29th December for a return on the 2nd January, so you can have a truly refreshing Christmas!

Take 14 Days off for a 24 day holiday

Planning a once in a lifetime holiday? Those trips take up a LOT of annual leave, so you know that every single day of leave counts! 14 days sounds a lot, but if you’re getting a 24 day holiday in return, that’s nearly a month! For this deal, take off the 8th-25th May with Tuesday 29th being your first day back. I always knew there were 2 bank holidays in May for a reason…

Take 4 Days off for a 12 Day Holiday

For Christmas 2018, taking off Christmas Eve, then the 27th, 28th and 31st December will give you a nice nearly 2 week time to relax, or jet abroad for some winter sun. What a way to start off 2019, right?

How to maximise your annual leave in 2018