How to bag 48 days of holiday in 2021 – best days to take annual leave next year – Express

Holidays have been in short supply for the vast majority of this year. The decade got off to a pretty rough start when the COVID-19 global pandemic hit. The travel industry has suffered enormously throughout the crisis – but hopefully, there is now light at the end of the tunnel.

In fact, by savvy forethought, you could bag 48 days of holiday next year by only taking 18 days annual leave.

Travel deals platform and app HolidayPirates have done the work for you to work out which are the best dates to book off.

The trick is to choose dates around national holidays.

And the good news is, you can start this month.


Phil Salcedo, UK Head of Market for HolidayPirates, told “The pandemic has disrupted our lives so much this year, and lockdowns rightly put a stop to most of our travel plans.

“With the first vaccinations starting today in the UK and the hope that comes with that, we should have a chance to seize some of those lost travel opportunities back with some cunning use of the many public holidays on offer in 2021.”

Best days to take annual leave

Christmas and New Year 2020/2021:

Book December 29,30 and 31 (take three days – get ten days on holiday)

Easter 2021:

Book April 6,7,8 and 9 (take four days – get ten days on holiday)

However, Britons must be sure they factor Brexit into their plans for holidays 2021. Once the transition period ends on December 31, going back and forth between the UK and Europe is going to be a very different experience.

You will be able to stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period in EU countries.

Furthermore, it is possible when you enter another country come January, you will need to show evidence of onward or return travel.

You may also need to prove you have enough money to cover the costs of your trip.

Travellers also much check the travel corridor list while covid restrictions remain in place.

You still need to quarantine if returning to England from any of the destinations not on the list.