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Travel Hack: Make The Most Of Your Annual Leave

Already dreaming of your 2023 holidays? We are too, so of course we’ve got you covered when it comes to making that dream a reality - from all the holiday inspiration under the sun to comparing the best deals from some of the UK’s top providers, we're here to help you book your perfect holiday.

But we like to go that extra helpful mile, so we've also mastered how to maximise that all-important annual leave allowance, giving you the chance to jet away on multiple trips throughout the year with minimal booked off time. We're talking about the potential to enjoy up to a sublime 53 days worth of holiday for just 23 days of leave. You're welcome!

The way to do it? Just plan your breaks around the bank holidays! Our handy guide reveals which days to target - all you need to do is book off the dates listed in bold!

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

Couples holiday

April

Good Friday and Easter Monday fall on 7 and 10 April, giving you the chance to enjoy a lengthy 16-day holiday either side of the Easter weekend with just 8 days of your annual leave.

April: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14,15, 16

Easter is a great time to jet away, as prices can be cheaper than peak summer holiday season - especially if you book early. Temperatures around the continent are still toasty, too, with many Mediterranean hotspots enjoying April temperatures in the low to mid-20s.

Use the whole time for an extended fly-and-flop trip to Spain, Croatia or Greece, or just spend a few days on a city break to Amsterdam, Rome or Budapest. For those really wanting to make the most of those 16 days, hit up the Caribbean for an Easter holiday you won't forget any time soon.

Croatia

May and June

You won't have to wait long before your next holiday opportunity! Shortly after Easter is the early May bank holiday, which falls on 1 May. This is followed by the spring bank holiday on 29 May. This means, at both the start and end of May, you could take two leisurely 9-day holidays while only needing 4 days of annual leave.

Early May bank holiday

April: 29, 30

May: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Late May bank holiday

May: 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

June: 1, 2, 3, 4

Things really start to warm up during May and early June making it an ideal time to enjoy a trip away without having to think about the crowds and higher prices that come with the upcoming peak season. For sun seekers and city explorers, tour the towns of Malta or visit Istanbul for some early May warmth. Or for an extra adventurous May half term, snap up a long-haul offer to Barbados or Bali for some sandy-toed bliss.

Malta

August

The summer bank holiday falls on 28 August this year, allowing the opportunity for a balmy 9-day summer holiday break for the price of just 4 days of annual leave.

August: 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

September: 1, 2, 3

The most popular time to fly away on holiday, you can expect to see a number of fantastic deals - and plenty of sunshine - in late August. It's a great time of year for family trips, but couples and groups will still be able to find some peace and quiet in the form of adults-only hotels or off-the-beaten-track spots across the globe.

family summer holiday

December

Christmas is always an enjoyable time to spend an extended break with friends and family, and thanks to the way the bank holiday dates fall, you guessed it, you'll be able to stretch this into a longer period off - only needing to book off 3 days for a jolly 10-day festive break!

December: 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

January: 1

Whether you're after a merry city escape exploring Berlin’s famous Christmas markets or want to treat yourself to some winter sun in Tenerife or Marrakech, there's something for everyone on a December getaway.

Christmas markets Berlin

Full list of 2023 bank holidays in England and Wales

Monday January 2: New Year's Day (substitute day)

Friday April 7: Good Friday

Monday April 10: Easter Monday

Monday May 1: Early May bank holiday

Monday May 29: Spring bank holiday

Monday August 28: Summer bank holiday

Monday December 25: Christmas Day

Tuesday December 26: Boxing Day


Keen to make the most of your annual leave already? Drop us a tweet @icelollyholiday and let us know where you’re off to in 2023!