How to get 48 days off work until next Christmas by taking just 18 days of annual leave

SUMMER is nearly over so it could be time to start thinking about holidays next year – and if you're smart, you can more than double the length of your time off from now until next Christmas.

Although many of us are working from home due to the coronavirus crisis, it's important to still take time off to switch off and recharge.

And by booking around the remaining bank holidays and weekends this year and next year, you can actually get 48 days off work by taking just 18 days of annual leave.

This trick from Instant Office starts this Christmas, so if your annual leave works on a calendar year basis from January to December you'll need to ensure you've got enough days left.

You won't actually get any more time off work – but it will feel like it as you'll get longer holiday breaks with fewer days off used.

Keen to do it? Let's break it down for you.

This year, Christmas Day (December 25) falls on a Friday, meaning New Year's Day (January 1) also takes place on a Friday.

It means that by also booking off the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before New Year's Day – a total of three days – you'll get ten days off work in a row (including weekends).

How to get 48 days off work by booking just 18 days holiday

WITH a bit of planning, you can more than double your holiday. Here’s how it works

  • Christmas 2020 – book three days off for a ten-day holiday

Book off: December 29-31

Bank holidays: December 25, December 28 and January 1

Your holiday: December 25-January 3

  • Easter 2021 – book four days off for a ten-day holiday

Book off: April 6-9

Bank holidays: April 2 and April 5

Your holiday: April 2-11

  • May bank holiday 2021 – book four days off for a nine-day holiday

Book off: May 4-7

Bank holiday: May 3

Your holiday: May 1-9

  • August bank holiday 2021 – book four days off for a nine-day holiday

Book off: August 31-September 3

Bank holiday: August 30

Your holiday: August 28-September 5

  • Christmas 2021 – book three days off for a ten-day holiday

Book off: December 29-31

Bank holiday: December 27 and December 28

Your holiday: December 25-January 3

Next year, Good Friday falls on April 2 and Easter Monday on April 5.

In other words, by also booking off the four days in between April 6-9, you'll get ten days off in total again (including weekends).

If you also book four days off after bank holiday Monday on May 3, you'll get another nine-day break.

Workers can also get the same amount of time off by doing the same after the bank holiday on August 30.

Plus, if you're already planning your time off for Christmas and New Year's next year, you'll be pleased to know that you only need to take three days off to get a ten-day holiday.

This is because Christmas Day and Boxing Day falls on a weekend, meaning December 27, December 28 and January 3 will be substitute bank holidays.

When are the Bank Holidays in 2020/21?

BELOW is the full list of remaining bank holidays this year and all of them for next year:

  • August 31, 2020 – Summer bank holiday
  • December 25, 2020 – Christmas Day
  • December 28, 2020 – Boxing Day (substitute day)
  • January 1, 2021 – Friday New Year’s Day
  • April 2, 2021 – Good Friday
  • April 5, 2021 – Easter Monday
  • May 3, 2021 – Early May bank holiday
  • May 31, 2021 – Spring bank holiday
  • August 30, 2021 – Summer bank holiday
  • December 27, 2021 – Christmas Day (substitute day)
  • December 28, 2021 – Boxing Day (substitute day)

Sadly, this plan only works if you're on a normal shift pattern and get weekends and bank holidays off.

Your manager also has to approve any holiday requests before you get time off.

Full-time workers in the UK are entitled to 28 days paid leave a year, including bank holidays, even during the coronavirus crisis.

You can figure out how many days holiday you are entitled to by taking the amount of days a week you work and multiplying that number by 5.6.

We explain how coronavirus affects annual leave and whether you can carry over holiday.

Before you do anything, make sure you ask your boss for permission first, as they can actually reject your holiday request even if you've already booked flights.

If the price of your holiday drops after you book it then you can get it back.

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