This is how you can more than double your annual leave in 2022

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  • This is the sneaky (but totally legit) way to turn 19 days holiday allowance into 45 days off.

    It’s never too early to be thinking about next year’s annual leave, and now we’re scraping the barrel for the last dregs of summer, why not get your thoughts fixed firmly on future holiday plans?

    Before we know it, Christmas will be on its way, and with it will come another year. Whether you’re hoping you’ll be able to hop on a flight to your favourite destination next year after such a long time with restrictions, or if UK staycations will remain your thing, you’ll want to make the most of your holiday allowance in 2022.

    And there’s the thing: there’s a sneaky, but completely allowed way to maximise your annual leave in 2022. Most people are entitled to around 28 days holiday a year – but if that’s not enough time for those who love to plan mini breaks and extended holidays, we’re about to show you how you can actually more than double your work holiday allowance with a few carefully placed leave dates. If you follow our advice, by strategically taking just 19 days you could give yourself a whopping 45 days off.

    That’s right. Here’s how to make the most of your time off in the new year and help boost your work-life balance.

    How to double your work holiday allowance in 2022

    Firstly, you need to know when the bank holidays fall in 2022…

    2022 Bank Holidays

    • Friday 1st January – New Year’s Day
    • Friday 15th April – Good Friday
    • Monday 18th April – Easter Monday
    • Monday 2nd May – May bank holiday
    • Thursday 2 June – Spring bank holiday
    • Friday 3 June – Platinum jubilee bank holiday
    • Monday 29th August – Summer bank holiday
    • Monday 26th December – Boxing Day
    • Tuesday 27th December – Christmas Day bank holiday in lieu

    Then, you need to plan your time off around them, as follows:

    Easter and May bank holiday – 17-day break (turn 9 days of annual leave into 17 days off)

    Book off four days from 19th – 22nd April, and then five days from 25th – 29th April, and you’ll end up with more than half of the month of April off. Thanks to a combination of the Easter break and the May bank holiday, you could be off from 15th April – 2nd May by taking just nine days of holiday.

    Jubilee bank holiday – 9-day break (turn 3 days of annual leave into 9 days off)

    Take off three days from 30th may – 1st June, and you’ll be off for the full week plus the weekends either side, which is a solid nine days reprieve from work.

    Thanks for the extra bank hol, QEII

    August bank holiday – 9-day break (turn 4 days of annual leave into 9 days off)

    Turn four days of leave into a nine-day holiday by booking off August 30th to September 2nd. Once that’s teamed with the August 29th bank holiday, this will provide you with 9 consecutive days off from 27th August until 4th September.

    December bank holiday – 10-day break (turn 3 days of annual leave into 10 days off)

    Time it right, and you can get 10 days off work using just three days of annual leave, from 24th December – 2 January. All you need to do is book off Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th, and Friday 30th December. Bingo!

    HR Director Rachel Evans from Gear Hungry says: “Luckily it’s not a case of suggesting you pull a load of sick days. Essentially, you need to book your days off around Bank Holidays and weekends, so you accumulate large periods of time off as opposed to a few days here and there.

    “To be clear, this isn’t a guide that involves sinister actions like placing your work colleagues holiday application in the bin, or pretending to attend a dentist appointment for the 14th time in 6 months, but a system to use if you want to get the most out of your time off.”

    So what are you waiting for? Start booking those lovely lengthy holidays now before the rest of your team does.

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