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How to Turn 20 Days of Annual Leave into 48 Days of Holiday
It’s been a painful week in the icelolly.com office – it’s the first week back after the Christmas holidays and I’m sure you’ll agree it’s been a tough few days of early mornings, slow commutes and dreary weather. But we’re looking at silver linings, and with a new year comes a brand new holiday entitlement! We’re all full of ideas about where we want to go this year, so we’re fighting the January blues by planning our next holiday getaways!

Of course, there are never enough holiday days in the year. The minimum UK holiday entitlement for a full-time worker is 5.6 weeks, which equates to 28 days. However employers are allowed to include bank holidays in this count, and as there are 8 bank holidays in a year you could potentially only get 20 days of annual leave in a year. Not a lot, is it? Luckily, we’ve worked out that, if you time your days off right, you can use weekends and bank holidays to turn 20 days of annual leave into 48 days of potential holiday time! Let’s look at how you do it…

March

At Easter, you can take 8 days of annual leave and get a run of 16 days off: weekend + 4 days annual leave + Good Friday + weekend + Easter Monday + 4 days annual leave + weekend = 16 days.

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Early May

In early May you can take off 4 days of annual leave and get a run of 9 days off: weekend + May Bank Holiday + 4 days annual leave + weekend = 9 days.

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Late May

At the end of May you can take off 4 days of annual leave and get a run of 9 days off: weekend + Spring Bank Holiday + 4 days annual leave + weekend = 9 days.

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August

At the end of August you can take 1 day of annual leave and get a run of 4 days off: 1 day annual leave + weekend + August Bank Holiday = 4 days.

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December

At Christmas you can take 3 days of annual leave and get a run of 10 days off: weekend + Boxing Day + Christmas Day substitute day + 3 days of annual leave + weekend + New Year’s Day substitute day = 10days.

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It’s that simple – 20 days of annual leave have suddenly become 48 days of holiday! Even though at first glance you have just under 3 full weeks to squeeze in all your adventures, you’ve suddenly more than doubled your potential beach time with just a bit of strategic annual leave booking…and some help from bank holidays and weekends. Enjoy your holidays!