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This genius hack gets you 18 days off work in a row (using just 9 days of annual leave)

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If you suffer from a serious case of wanderlust, there’s nothing worse than being tied to your paltry annual leave allowance; how are you supposed to book all of those amazing trips away without a surplus of paid holiday days, eh?

Well, we have some very good news for you, as, thanks to a perfect alignment of bank holidays in April 2017, you can transform just nine days of annual leave into a cool 18-day holiday.

It’s the perfect excuse to book that big trip you’ve always dreamed of taking, isn’t it?

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To take advantage of the bumper holiday, you need to book time off from 18 to 28 April.

As Good Friday falls on 14 April, Easter Monday on 17 April, and May Bank Holiday on 1 May, this means that your last day at work will be 13 April.

And, thanks to the six weekend days in the midst of it all, you won’t need to be back at your desk until 2 May.

Let’s break it down, shall we?

  • Friday 14 April: Bank holiday
  • Saturday 15 April: Weekend
  • Sunday 16 April: Weekend
  • Monday 17 April: Bank holiday
  • Tuesday 18 April: Annual leave
  • Wednesday 19 April: Annual leave
  • Thursday 20 April: Annual leave
  • Friday 21 April: Annual leave
  • Saturday 22 April: Weekend
  • Sunday 23 April: Weekend
  • Monday 24 April: Annual leave
  • Tuesday 25 April: Annual leave
  • Wednesday 26 April: Annual leave
  • Thursday 27 April: Annual leave
  • Friday 28 April: Annual leave
  • Saturday 29 April: Weekend
  • Sunday 30 April: Weekend
  • Monday 1 May: Bank holiday

Pretty sweet, right?

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If you’ve still got some annual leave days to use up this year, you might want to think about using them to max out your Christmas.

As Christmas Day is on a Monday, Boxing Day is on a Tuesday, and New Year’s Day is on the following Monday, all you have to do is block out the 27 – 29 December in your calendar.

This will grant you a pretty nifty ten days off in a row; you’ll head home for the holidays on Friday 22 December, and you won’t need to be back until Tuesday 2 January.

Perfect for some much needed R&R after the decadence of the festive season, eh?

But, before you rush to book all these days off (and you should rush, because we bet plenty of your co-workers will want to take advantage of these holiday bonanzas, too), do check your employer’s policies on annual leave.

It’s worth remembering that they don’t actually have to give you paid leave on bank or public holidays. Find out more about what you’re entitled to on the Gov.uk website now.



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