This is how to get 34 days off by using just 16 days of annual leave in 2019

Halloween is almost upon us and before you know it we’ll be toasting in the New Year and singing auld lang syne.

Saturday, 27th October 2018, 12:44 pm
Updated Thursday, 11th April 2019, 10:22 am
Get more time off for your holidays next year. Picture Shutterstock

Meaning it’s time to think about booking in holidays for 2019.

Whether you fancy an Easter get away or a maybe even a destination Christmas next year – somewhere warm and sunny perhaps?

If you are savvy with how you book your holidays you can actually get more than double the time off – if you use annual leave around Bank Holidays.

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With Easter and Christmas being the time with the most Bank Holidays – they make the best time to stretch your holiday out for longer!

Here’s how to get 34 days off in 2019 by using just 16 holidays:

Easter

This year Easter falls at the end of April – which means that it is close to the May Day Bank Holiday.

The public holidays are:

Friday, April 19 – Good Friday

Monday, April 22 – Easter Monday

Monday, May 6 – May Day

So if you were to take April 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30 and May, 1, 2, 3 as annual leave – instead of nine days holiday you would get a whopping 18 days off (including weekends).

Christmas

In 2019 you will get December 25 and December 26 off as bank holidays for Christmas - as is usual – and you will also get January 1, 2020 off.

But you can turn your Christmas break in 16 consecutive days off by using just seven days annual leave.

Bank holidays:

Wednesday, December 25 – Christmas

Thursday, December 26 – Boxing Day

Wednesday, January 1 – New Years Day

So if you take December 23, 24, 27, 30, 31 and January 2 and 3 – your seven days annual leave turns into 16 days off! (Including weekends) Making a proper Christmas break.

Other bank holidays

Here is the full list of Bank Holidays in 2019 including previously mentioned:

- 1 January- Tuesday – New Year’s Day

- 19 April – Friday – Good Friday

- 22 April – Monday – Easter Monday

- 6 May – Monday – Early May bank holiday

- 27 May – Monday – Spring bank holiday

- 26 August – Monday – Summer bank holiday

- 25 December – Wednesday – Christmas Day

- 26 December – Thursday – Boxing Day