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Travel Hack: Make The Most Of Your Annual Leave

We’re well into the new year now and the thoughts of all travel-minded folk like ourselves are turning towards booking that much-needed 2022 holiday! Well, of course we’ve got you covered when it comes to comparing the best deals from some of the UK’s top providers, but we’ve also got your back when it comes to maximising your annual leave allowance, which gives you the chance to jet away on multiple trips as the next 12 months progress.

Essentially, the way to do it is to cleverly plan your breaks around bank holidays – if you’re unsure when exactly each one is, simply check out our handy guide below. All you need to do is book off the dates listed in bold!

Disclaimer: This hack will only work if you work Monday to Friday and already get bank holiday dates off.

April

Because of Good Friday and Easter Monday on 15th & 18th April respectively, you’ll be able to enjoy a lengthy 16 day holiday stretch, despite only needing to book off eight.

April: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Easter is a great time to jet away, as prices can often be found to be much cheaper than peak summer holiday season, but temperatures around the continent are still toasty – certainly some way warmer than what is to be expected on these shores. You could look to utilise the entire period for a flop and drop trip to Spain, Portugal or Greece, or you may want to use just a few days and book a city break to Amsterdam, Berlin or somewhere else in and around Eastern Europe.

Amsterdam Canal

May & June

Shortly after Easter is the May Day bank holiday, which is always celebrated on the first Monday of the month, and this year that will be followed by the Spring bank holiday and Platinum Jubilee bank holiday, which is an extra holiday date in celebration of The Queen’s 70th anniversary on the throne.

Things really start to warm up during May and early June, and with resorts tending to be less busy, it’s a great time to enjoy a holiday away from the crowds.

April: 30

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

June: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Beach In Majorca

August 2021

The summer bank holiday falls on 29th August this year, and that means you can book off just four days to enjoy a nine day holiday period.

August: 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

September: 1, 2, 3, 4

The most popular time to fly away on holiday, you can expect to see a number of fantastic deals to all of your favourite spots, with scorching hot temperatures often found – even if you decide to stay in the UK! It’s a great part of the year for family trips, but couples and groups will still be able to find some of that all-important peace and quiet in the form of adults only hotels and other calming areas across the globe.

Beach In Portugal

December

Christmas is always a nice time to enjoy an extended break, and thanks to the way the bank holiday dates fall, you guessed it, you’ll be able to stretch them into a longer period off than perhaps you first thought this year.

December: 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

January: 1, 2

Krakow Christmas Markets

Full list of 2022 Bank Holidays in England and Wales

    • Friday April 15: Good Friday
      Monday April 18: Easter Monday
      Monday May 2: Early May bank holiday
      Thursday June 2: Spring bank holiday
      Friday June 3: Platinum Jubilee bank holiday
      Monday August 29: Summer bank holiday
      Monday December 26: Boxing Day
      Tuesday December 27: Christmas Day (substitute day)