Top annual leave tips for 2018

2018 is the year of the holiday. With so many well-timed bank holidays and weekends you can have even more sun, sea and sandy beaches to look forward to – as long as you play your annual leave cards right.

If you tactically book only 25 days off, you could actually be out of the office for two months! Find out how in our 2018 annual leave guide…

Get in there quick

The best way to enjoy some sneaky holiday tips is to book up your dates early (like TODAY!), while your workmates are still digesting their turkey. A bit of forward-planning around 2018’s bank holidays could dramatically increase your holiday allowance, starting with the Easter break…

A relaxing Easter holiday

Have you heard about the Easter double? If you book every working day from 26th March to 6th April (that’s just eight days of annual leave), you’ll be off work for 16 delicious days in a row (providing you don’t usually work weekends or bank holidays).

Days to book your Easter annual leave for:
• Week one: 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th March
• Week two: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th April

A very British May

Did you know that if you book off 14 working days in May you’ll get 24 days away from work? Thanks to the two May bank holidays falling on 5th May and 28th May, if you book from 8th May to 25th May, you will not step foot in the office from 5th May to 29th May!

Days to book your May annual leave for:
• Week one: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th May
• Week two: 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th May
• Week three: 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th May

If you’re going to take the plunge with the 24-day May bonanza, you don’t even have to spend money going abroad in order to party. Both the FA Cup Final and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding take place on 19th May, slap-bang in the middle of your time off: that’s two great excuses to celebrate at home!

The ultimate Christmas gift

With three bank holidays to look forward to next Christmas, you only need to book four working days off to bag 11 days out of the office. Having 22nd December to 2nd January off will give you a fabulously long festive break. Just imagine how many mince pies you’ll be able to scoff in that time.

Days to book your Christmas annual leave:
• 24th December
• 27th December
• 28th December

If you cannot make the most of these holiday bonanzas, then here are a few more ‘Out of office’ tips you can use to make your annual leave go even further:

Investigate your firm’s holiday policy

If you crave more time off, check with your employer to see if there are any unpublicised schemes you could take advantage of, such as working flexi-hours, taking time off in lieu of occasional weekend working or even buying extra holiday, a scheme many companies now offer.

Volunteer for trips and training

Spending time in a different environment – even when you’re not on holiday – can help recharge your batteries. Ask your boss or HR department if there are any opportunities for travel or training you could volunteer for this year to enjoy a bit more time out of the office.