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It sometimes feels like days off work are few and far between, so discovering the best way to maximise annual leave is always welcome.
Which is why we've done some digging and found out how to make the most of days off in 2020 - it is never too soon to start planning holidays after all.
The best way to make the most of your leave is to always book them around the bank holidays you already receive. So by taking trips that tag onto Easter, May bank holidays, August's cheeky day off or at Christmas, you are going to get more relaxing days for less holiday spared.
You just need to make sure you get booking before the rest of your team members to secure the best slots. And thanks to the way the bank holidays fall in 2020, you can potentially double your allowance.
UK workers are entitled to a minimum of 28 days holiday, which can include the eight days bank holiday, but many of us receive much more. And if you are granted a lot of leave, you can get as much as 59 days off for just 27 leave days in 2020. Admittedly many won't have so many to play with, but you can pick and choose your best options, by using our handy guide.
To kick things off in 2020, if you take eight days leave over Easter, which falls in April, you'll receive 16 consecutive days off in return (inclusive of the weekends).
Good Friday falls on 10th April, whilst Easter Monday follows on 13th April, so take both weeks surrounding those dates off and you can be out of the office from Saturday 4th April until Sunday 19th April.
Moving onto May, there are two bank holidays and this year because of VE Day (Victory in Europe Day), the early May holiday will be moved for the second time in history from Monday to the Friday. So this year, it will fall on Friday 8th, because it is the 75th anniversary since the end of World War II, when fighting against Nazi Germany came to an end.
It makes little odds to usual, so simply take off 4th-7th May and you will be out of the office from 2nd-10th May - nine consecutive days in total.
Moving onto the later bank holiday in the month on 25th, if you book 26th - 29th May you will get another nine consecutive days off. What a time May is to be alive!
Later in the year when the weather is more predictable, you can bag yourself another nine days by booking 1st-4th September off. The August bank holiday will fall on Monday 31st in 2020 and you might be lucky enough to get some late summer sun. We can hope.
Of course, once you're this far into the year, you sadly now have to wait all the way until December for more bank holidays - it's a long old stretch. But the good news is you will be rewarded in 2020 for the wait.
Christmas Day (a bank holiday) falls on a Friday. But with Boxing Day falling on a weekend, we get an extra day off on Monday 28th December as a lieu day. On top of that, New Year's Day falls on a Friday. So, book off 21st-24th December and then 29th-31st to get 16 consecutive days off for the price of just seven holiday days. That really is a good'un.
Sounds like the perfect time to visit some festive markets to us.
Just be sure to book all your dates ASAP, before that super organised annoyance you sit next to beats you to all the best dates. You're welcome.
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