The smartest way to book annual leave to maximise time off

Are you tired of feeling like you need a vacation just to recover from planning your time off? Fear not, because you’ve stumbled upon the holy grail of holiday hacks! We’ve cracked the code to ensure you can savour extended breaks without burning through all your annual leave – because life’s too short for a mediocre getaway.

Whether you’re daydreaming about sandy shores, country escapes, or urban adventures, we’ve got the insider scoop on how to outsmart the work calendar and maximize your time off without breaking a sweat. Say goodbye to the days of frantically counting your remaining leave hours and hello to a world where every holiday request is a piece of cake.

Assuming you’re blessed with 25 glorious days of leave, bank holidays are the cherry on top, and weekends are your sacred work-free zones, we’ve mapped out a plan for you to relish a whopping 55 days away from the grind. Grab that trusty diary, and let’s make some magic happen. Unlock the secret to scoring maximum time off with this genius annual leave booking strategy!

25th, 26th, 27th, 28th March

4 days annual leave

Annual leave March 2024

This year, Easter falls between 29th March and 1st April (watch out for the Easter Bunny pulling April Fools jokes). The two bank holidays mean we’re all guaranteed a four-day weekend. But if you’re a clever cookie and book off the 25th-28th, you’ll secure yourself ten consecutive days off work in exchange for only four days of annual leave!

2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th April

4 days annual leave

Annual leave April 2024

If ten days in a row isn’t quite enough for you, turn it into sixteen days off by taking annual leave from 2nd-5th April. That’s more than two weeks away from the office for just eight days of leave!

7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st May

8 days annual leave

Annual leave May 2024

May is the prime month to book time off since there are two bank holidays and it’s on the cusp of summer before the price of everything has skyrocketed. Take four days’ holiday alongside both of the public bank holidays to fit in a total of nine days off – twice over! You’ll have a lengthy break at the start of May then again at the end, with only 2 weeks of work between- doesn’t sound too bad does it?

27th, 28th, 29th, 30th August

4 days annual leave

Annual leave August 2024

Looking to squeeze in a bit more time off whilst the sun’s still got his hat on? The summer bank holiday on the 26th of August is the time to do it. By taking annual leave from 27th-31st August you’ll have nine days off in total. And you’re going to need it as, after August, there isn’t another bank holiday until Christmas!

23rd, 24th, 27th, 30th, 31st December

5 days annual leave

Annual leave December 2024

In 2024 Christmas Day falls on a Wednesday and Boxing Day on a Thursday. Strategically booking your time off around the bank holidays will get you a whopping 12 days off for only 5 days of annual leave, if you include New Year’s Day 2025.

So you’ve hacked your annual leave – now what?

Better get a Travelodge