It's been a bad week for overseas holidays. Just as the sun finally decides to shine here in the UK, Portugal — the only country currently on the travel 'green list' with no return quarantine rules — has been removed, meaning a lot of summer holiday plans will have been disrupted.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps addressed this 'difficult decision,' telling Sky News that the European country was downgraded to aid the UK in it's quest to safely lift all lockdown measures on 21st June. Coming into effect on June 8th, other countries that have also recently moved from 'amber list' to 'red list' include: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Egypt, Sudan, Trinidad and Tobago, and Sri Lanka.
With this in mind, a lot of holidaymakers are now sticking to staycations this year and instead look to 2022 to fulfil their overseas holiday wish lists, which is why we've looked at next year's bank holidays (including an exciting extra day off to mark Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee celebrations) to see how we can combine to maximise our annual leave in 2022.
In the UK, we're lucky to normally be entitled to 28 paid days of annual leave, including bank holidays, and thanks to the handy placement of next year's bank holidays, you can transform 10 days leave into 27 days off. Not including the extra bank holidays of New Year, early May and end of August — bringing the total up to 30, using just 10 days of annual leave.
When are the bank holidays in 2022?
There are nine bank holidays in 2022:
Monday 3rd January - New Year's Day
Friday 15th April - Good Friday
Monday 18th April - Easter Monday
Monday 2nd May - Early May bank holiday
Thursday 2nd June - Spring bank holiday
Friday 3rd June - Platinum Jubilee bank holiday
Monday 29 August - Summer bank holiday
Monday 26 December - Boxing Day
Tuesday 27 December - Christmas Day (substitute day)
How can I tactically double my leave in 2022?
By being strategic about the annual leave you book this year, you can essentially double your days off. Here's how...
April bank holiday 2022: Take four days of annual leave for 10 consecutive days off
Easter is when many of us are ready for an extended break and you can enjoy double the time off by booking four days' annual leave. As we have two bank holidays (Friday 15th April and Monday 18th April), if you take 19th to 22nd April off work, you'll have a total of 10 consecutive days away from your desk — thanks to the two weekends either side.
Late May bank holiday 2022: Take three days of annual leave for 7 consecutive days off
The late May bank holiday will be pushed back to fall on Thursday 2nd June next year, with an extra bank holiday being given to the public on Friday 3rd to mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee next summer — celebrating 70 years on the throne.
So if you take Monday 30th May to Wednesday 1st June as annual leave, you'll have 7 days off from Monday 30th May to Monday 6th June, thanks to the new four-day bank holiday weekend.
August bank holiday 2022: Take four days of annual leave for nine consecutive days off
The August bank holiday is always a welcome (and usually warm) end of summer treat. Plus, you can make the most of nine days off in a row by booking only four days' annual leave.
The summer bank holiday falls on Monday 29 August so if you book Tuesday 30 August to Friday 2 September, you could escape somewhere sunny from Saturday 27 August to 4 September - that's nine consecutive days.
December bank holidays 2022: Take three days of annual leave for 10 consecutive days off
Christmas is when we can all do with a good rest and with the big day falling on a Sunday in 2022, it means you can put your feet up during the bank holidays of Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 December (Christmas Day substitute).
For a few extra days of Twixmas, you can book Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 December to have Saturday 24 December until Monday 2nd January 2022 (the New Year's Day substitute) off work. This means you'll have 10 consecutive days away from your desk at the end of the year.
So, there you have it: how to turn 10 days' annual leave into 30 days off.
Do remember to always check with your employer’s policies on annual leave before booking any time off, to avoid disappointment!
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