You may be a parent of a pre-schooler, child at school or even without children but love to travel. If like me you like to make the most of your 20-25 days annual leave and never feel it is enough then check out some ideas below for maximising your time away by incorporating our beloved bank holidays in to your travel plans.
This year Good Friday and Easter Monday fall on the 19th and the 22nd April. If you are not restricted to school holidays then try the following
13th – 28th April – gives you 16 days holiday for only 8 days annual leave
If you are restricted to school holidays depending on when they start then
6th to 22nd April – gives you 17 days holiday for only 9 days annual leave
May Bank Holidays
In 2019 these fall on the 6th and the 27th May.
You could be clever and move your Easter holidays by booking the following
19th April to 6th May – gives you 18 days holiday for only 9 days annual leave
You could choose to take 2 long weekends over the bank holidays
4 to 6th May and 25th to 27th May – giving you 6 days holiday for 0 days annual leave
or finally take a little longer but utilising the days off
4th to 12th May – giving you 9 days holiday for 4 days annual leave
25th May to 2nd June – giving you again 9 days holiday for 4 days annual leave.
August Bank Holiday
This Summer Bank Holiday falls on 26th August.
Similarly to May you could choose to take the long weekend
24th to 26th August – giving you 3 days holiday for 0 days annual leave
or maximise your time off by taking
24th August to 2nd September – giving you 9 days for 4 days annual leave
Christmas and New Year
Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years day this year fall on Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th and Wednesday 1st. In a typical business the 23rd, 24th, 27th, 30th and 31st are working days but if you are permitted to take these off then you will find your time off being hugely inflated.
21st December to 1st January – giving you 12 days for 5 days annual leave
So if you are not restricted to school holidays and get 25 days holiday you could be really savvy and actually cram a whopping 55 days holiday into this time. That is more than double.
You get a few less for school aged children but still plenty of additional days if you book smart.
A travel hint would be that if your timetable allows then try and fly on the night before – therefore maximising the time away. Don’t waste precious holiday days travelling.
Now all this talk of holidays is making me want to go and book something.
Happy travels x