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2021 Annual Leave Hack: How To Turn 23 Days Into 53

Now 2020 is finally over and the COVID-19 vaccines are shining a much needed light at the end of the tunnel, it’s time to start thinking about 2021. More specifically, exactly how you can more than double your annual leave allowance without the use of magic.

It’s all about being clever and planning your annual leave days around bank holidays. Don’t worry if you’re confused as with our help, anyone will be able to turn their 23 days into 53. All you need to do to take advantage of this diary hack is book off the dates listed in bold below.

Please note that this plan will only work if you work Monday to Friday and get bank holidays off.

April 2021

Thanks to the Easter Bank Holidays of April 2 and 5, you’ll be able to enjoy an enviable 16 day holiday for the figurative price of eight.

March: 27, 28, 29, 20, 31

April: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Flights and holidays are expected to resume on March 25 so give yourself something to look forward to and use those 16 days to make up for lost time and jet off to a dreamy destination for a fortnight of rest and relaxation. If you’d prefer to ease yourself back into holidays more gently, opt for a week long holiday or a weekend break somewhere more local instead, or do both and still have time to spare.

May 2021

Make the most of the early May Bank Holiday and the Spring Bank Holiday by booking off four days and enabling yourself to enjoy a nine day holiday, twice.

May: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9… 29, 30, 31

June: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

May is one of the best months for a holiday or short break abroad as the weather begins to hot up across Europe and resorts are generally quieter so you can escape the crowds. It’s also a great time to explore the natural beauty of our own coast and countryside during a UK getaway.

August 2021

The Bank Holiday of August 30 means you’ll be able to book off four days and enjoy yet another nine day holiday.

August: 28, 29, 30, 31

September: 1, 2, 3

Now we’ve hit peak summer, you can expect high temperatures almost wherever you decide to holiday, even if it’s in the UK. Since the schools will have broken up, it’s the usual month for families to enjoy their annual getaway to popular destinations like Tenerife, Majorca and Florida, but couples and groups will still be able to find adults only resorts or hidden gems for a spot of peace and quiet.

December 2021

Pair the festive bank holidays with your last three days of annual leave, and you’ll be able to stretch them into a 10 day long holiday.

December: 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

January: 1, 2, 3

Whether you want to spend the festive season at home or abroad, booking these days off will help you end the year on a high. During this period, a lot of cities will still be running their famous Christmas markets, and some will even have local traditions and New Year’s Eve celebrations for holidaymakers and city breakers to get involved in.

Full List of 2021 Bank Holidays in England and Wales

  • Friday January 1: New Year’s Day
  • Friday April 2: Good Friday
  • Monday April 5: Easter Monday
  • Monday May 3: Early May bank holiday
  • Monday May 31: Spring bank holiday
  • Monday August 30:Summer bank holiday
  • Monday December 27: Christmas Day (substitute day)
  • Tuesday December 28: Boxing Day (substitute day)

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