How to maximise your holidays in 2021 and get 48 days off by using just 19 days annual leave – Manchester Evening News

It’s actually pretty easy to more than double your time off during 2021 by being smart with which days you book as a holiday from work.

If you want to make up for the lack of freedom during 2020, stretching your spare time outside of work is simple if you know how. 

And if your holiday allowance has reset with the new year, now is the time to do it.

In fact, if you are creative when you book your annual leave, you can turn 19 days annual leave into almost seven weeks off.

By strategically selecting specific days in the lead up to and beyond bank holidays, workers could massively extend their time off – assuming they don’t usually work public holidays or weekends.

This could mean an extended holiday with minimal annual leave – or extra time when the kids are off school without it making too much of a dent in your annual allowance.

The trick is to combine existing public holidays with the days surrounding them, creating the biggest blocks of time available for the least working days missed.

This is how to maximise your time off work in 2021 by creatively booking annual leave to get the most time off in a single stretch with minimal holiday days taken:

  • January 1 – January 9 : Take a 10-day holiday by booking 5 days off (4,5,6,7 and 8 of January)
  • April 2 – April 11 : Take a 10-day holiday by booking 4 days off (6,7,8 and 9 of April)
  • May1 – May 9 : Take a 9-day holiday by booking 4 days off (4,5,6 and 7 May)
    May 29 – June 6 :  Take a 9-day holiday by booking 5 days off (1,2,3 and 4 June)
  • 28 August – 6 September  : Take a 9-day holiday by booking 4 days off (31 Aug and 1,2 and 3 September)
  • December 25 – January 3 : Take a 10-day holiday by booking 3 days off (29,30 and 31 December)

But it might be wise to get your requests in early as these holiday booking hacks have become popular with savvy employees hoping to get the most time off for their leave.

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