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How to Make the Most of Your 2021 Annual Leave

by Travelbag on 21 July 2020, 11:07AM

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As time came to a temporary standstill in 2020, a lot of holiday plans had to be put on hold. To help you make up for lost time, we’ve put together a handy guide on how to make the most of your 2021 annual leave – so you can enjoy maximum travel opportunities, using minimal holiday allowance.

With just a few simple, strategic moves, you can savour those precious days off and boost your annual leave. Using just 24 days’ holiday, you could enjoy a whopping 51 days off work next year. Tempted? Grab your calendar and start planning your 2021 holidays – and, most importantly, get the time booked off before your colleagues beat you to it.

 

Get 16 days off in April with eight days’ annual leave  

In 2021, Easter falls in early April. With Good Friday on 2nd April and Easter Monday on 5th April, you could finish work on 26th March and enjoy an incredible 16 consecutive days off work – all with just eight days’ annual leave. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? And early April is a fantastic time to go on holiday, thanks to the sheer variety of destinations enjoying their best weather. You could unwind on a tropical beach in Thailand, see the ‘Big Five’ on safari in South Africa, or go on an epic trip to Australia

Days to book off work: 29, 30, 31 March and 1, 6, 7, 8, 9 April

Cheetah on South Africa safari

Get nine days off in May with four days’ annual leave

May is a bumper crop for 2021 bank holidays, with Monday 3th May and Monday 31st May giving you two extra days off work. That means you can enjoy nine days away using just four days of your holiday allowance, either at the start or end of the month. The latter bank holiday is ideal for parents, because it coincides with May half term – so you can head off on a family holiday, and save some annual leave at the same time. Take the kids to Orlando for rollercoaster thrills, or enjoy an action-packed week in Dubai.

Days to book off work: 4, 5, 6, 7 May or 1, 2, 3, 4 June

Waterpark in Dubai

Get nine days off in September with four days’ annual leave

The summer bank holiday in 2021 falls later than usual – it’s right at the end of the season, on Monday 30th August. Coinciding with back-to-school week, this isn’t much help for young families. But, if you’re footloose and child-free, the timing couldn’t be better. Wrap up your summer with nine days off work, using just four days of your 2021 annual leave. Early September is a great time to visit New York City, when both the crowds and the humidity have dropped away. Or, if you’d prefer to soak up some sunshine, why not make tracks for Sri Lanka or Mauritius

Days to book off work: 31 August and 1, 2, 3 September

Sri Lanka's Hill Country

Get 17 days off in December with eight days’ annual leave

We know it seems a long way off, but the Christmas holidays in 2021 line up perfectly for a lengthy getaway. Christmas Day and Boxing Day fall on a Saturday and Sunday – which means the bank holidays are carried over to the following Monday and Tuesday. New Year’s Day is also a Saturday, so that bank holiday is carried over to Monday 3rd January. The result of all this? You could walk out of the office on 17th December, and you won’t have to come back until 4th January – meaning you’d have a massive 17 consecutive days off work.  If you’ve always wanted to jet off to the Maldives or Fiji for a sun-soaked Christmas, this is the perfect opportunity. Alternatively, step into a real-life winter wonderland when you book a holiday to Canada.

If you’re struggling for annual leave by the end of the year, don’t worry. Instead of having such a long holiday, you could simply book three days off – 29th, 30th and 31st December – and enjoy a 10-day break. Sounds like the perfect way to round off the year.

Days to book off work:  20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 December  

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