As beautifully cosy as winter can be, with its candlelit pubs, roaring fires and engulfing knitwear, no one can deny that staring at steel-grey skies day in, day out, makes us long for sunnier climes.
We’ve put together a guide that will help you to maximise your annual leave by squeezing in as many out-of-office days as possible.
It turns out that you can double your annual leaves if you’re canny and book off the right dates.
By taking leave selectively around bank holidays, you can get way more time away from the office than you would just booking holiday normally.
If you’re in the UK, and have a standard 25 days of annual leave, here’s when you should request off.
Book off March 26–29 and April 3–6. This means you’ll be out of the office from March 24 to April 8 (16 days) using only eight days of leave.
You have two options:
Book off May 8–11, 14–18 and 21–25. With the two May bank holidays on May 7 and May 28, this gives you 24 days off with only 14 leave days taken. You could be away for almost a whole month, from May 5–May 28.
Or, if you’d prefer a later summer break, use the August bank holiday to your advantage. Book off August 28–31. With the bank holiday on August 27, this gives you nine days off with only four days of leave taken.
Book off December 24, 27 and 28 to get yourself an 11 day break over Christmas using only 3 days of annual leave.
If you follow these instructions to the letter, you can get yourself a mammoth 51 days of holiday using your 25 days of annual leave.
This is assuming that you don’t work weekends, bank holidays or over Christmas. If that’s you, we’re really sorry and hope you still get plenty of holiday.
The disadvantage of this technique is that you’ll be travelling around peak dates, which can make travel and accommodation more expensive.
Even if you don’t have 25 days of leave to use, you can still use this trick for one of the dates mentioned.
So email your manager right now, and start planning your dream vacation.