Holiday in the South of France or holiday in your local park; the location may be up in the air but that doesn't mean you shouldn't maximise your annual leave.
For many people, working from home has put a stop to the grind of the daily commute but, despite this, Brits are working longer hours than ever before. One recent study found that people working from home are putting in 28 extra hours per month. That's before you account for the extra burden of childcare or other caring responsibilities.
You may not have been able to make the most of your annual leave this year, but that's even more reason to plan (and daydream) for a holiday in 2021. With this in mind, we've looked ahead to how you can maximise annual leave next year by making use of where the bank holidays fall in relation to weekends.
What are next year's bank holidays?
According to gov.uk the bank holidays for 2021 are as follows:
- 1 January – New Year's Day
- 2 April – Good Friday
- 5 April – Easter Monday
- 3 May – Early May bank holiday
- 31 May – Spring bank holiday
- 30 August – Summer bank holiday
- 27 December – Christmas Day (substitute day)
- 28 December – Boxing Day (substitute day)
How can I maximise my annual leave in 2021?
Easter 2021: Take 8 days annual leave, get 16 days off
How? Friday 2nd April and Monday 5th April are both bank holidays. By taking four days off from 29th March to 2nd April, and then another four days from 6th-9th April, you'll get 16 consecutive days off – perfect for that dream holiday or the mother of all staycations.
If you don't need that long, you could still make the most of the April bank holidays by taking four days annual leave from the 29th March – you'll get 10 days off.
May Bank Holiday 2021: Take 4 days annual leave, get 9 days off
How? This is the oldest trick in the book, but it's still a good'un if you fancy an extra few days off in May. The May bank holidays fall on Monday 3rd May and Monday 31st May in 2021. If you take the four days after either of them off, you'll get nine consecutive days holiday for four days annual leave – bingo.
August Bank Holiday 2021: Take 4 days annual leave, get 9 days off
How? Want to enjoy some late summer sun somewhere glam? You're in luck – the August bank holiday is another opportunity to play the system and book four days annual leave for nine days off. The August bank holiday falls on Monday 30th August in 2021, so if you book 31st August to 3rd September off as annual leave, you can have nine days off from 28th August to 5th September. Ka-ching.
Christmas 2021: Take 3 days annual leave, get 10 days off
How? You're in luck – in 2021, Christmas Day falls on a Saturday, which means the 27th and 28th of December are substitute bank holidays. This means that if you take 29th-31st December as annual leave, you'll get a whopping 10 days off from 25th December to 3rd January (the substitute New Year's Day, as the 1st Jan also falls on a Saturday).
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