It hasn’t exactly been the best year. But if all goes well, 2022 could bring better and brighter things, namely because you might be able to transform 18 days of annual leave into 45 days off.
This is because next year, Good Friday, which is a bank holiday, falls on 15 April, while Easter Monday falls on 18 April.
And if you book off 19-22nd April, this means you’d be able to go on holiday from 15 April until 24 April.
This is how it would pan out:
Friday 15 April: Bank holiday
Saturday 16 April: Weekend
Sunday 17 April: Weekend
Monday 18 April: Bank holiday
Tuesday 19 April: Annual leave
Wednesday 20 April: Annual leave
Thursday 21 April: Annual leave
Friday 22 April: Annual leave
Saturday 23 April: Weekend
Sunday 24 April: Weekend
A similar hack could be applied to the May bank holidays next year. If you go abroad on 30 April, and take 3 May until 6 May off as annual leave, you would be able to go abroad until 8 May, meaning you could enjoy an eight-day holiday with just four days of annual leave again.
This is because Monday 2 May is the first May bank holiday next year.
This is how your schedule would look:
Saturday 30 April: Weekend
Sunday 1 May: Weekend
Monday 2 May: Bank Holiday
Tuesday 3 May: Annual leave
Wednesday 4 May: Annual leave
Thursday 5 May: Annual leave
Friday 6 May: Annual leave
Saturday 7 May: Weekend
Sunday 8 May: Weekend
There will also be a bank holiday for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year, which falls on 2 and 3 June.
Plan it right, and you could go abroad from 30 May until 5 June using just three days of annual leave. This is how it would work:
Monday 30 May: Annual leave
Tuesday 31 May: Annual leave
Wednesday 1 June: Annual leave
Thursday 2 June: Bank holiday
Friday 3 June: Bank holiday
Saturday 4 June: Weekend
Sunday 5 June: Weekend
Then, in August you could work out a similar routine by making the most of the bank holiday at the end of the month. Plan it right, and you could get a nine-day holiday using just four days of annual leave:
27 August: Weekend
28 August: Weekend
29 August: Bank holiday
30 August: Annual leave
31 August: Annual leave
1 September: Annual leave
2 September: Annual leave
3 September: Weekend
4 September: Weekend
Finally, we turn our attention to Christmas. With multiple bank holidays, you could find yourself jetting off for another nine days using just three days of annual leave:
Saturday 24 December: Weekend
Sunday 25 December: Christmas Day (weekend)
Monday 26 December: Bank holiday (Boxing Day)
Tuesday 27 December: Bank holiday
Wednesday 28 December: Annual leave
Thursday 29 December: Annual leave
Friday 30 December: Annual leave
Saturday 31 December: Weekend
Sunday 1 January: Weekend
Monday 2 January: Bank holiday
Now you know, it’s time to start booking your annual leave for next year.