Pretty sure we’re not the only ones trying to figure out how to get the most out of our annual leave allocation every year. Like us, you’ve probably hesitated to take a two-week break off work because that quickly shrinks your British average of 28 days holiday down to 14 for the remainder of the year. So, what if we told you that you could cheat the system and extend how much time you spend soaking in tropical sun?

If you work a standard nine-to-five with bank holidays and weekends off, some clever planning could help you stretch out your standard 28-day limit. What do we mean?

This year in 2018, Christmas lands on a Tuesday. If you tell your boss you want 21 December booked off until 2 January, thanks to the bank holidays in between, you’ve landed 12 days off while only using six days leave. It’s all about timing.

If you want to give this new hack a go in 2019 and you’re still not sure how to go about it, or where to even go, then here are a couple of recommendations for you to make the most of your upcoming holiday allocation quota.

Maximise your holiday

New Year: Bring in 2019 Fighting Fit in Switzerland
Take 4 days off for an 11-day holiday
Book off: 24, 27, 28 and 31 December 2018
Bank holidays: 25, 26 December and 1 January 2019
Your holiday: 22 December – 1 January 2019
Where to go: Switzerland: Grand Resort Bad Ragaz Fitness

Easter: Maintain a Healthy Weight in Bali
Take 8 days off for a 16-day holiday
Book off: 15 – 18 April and 23 – 26 April 2019
Bank holidays: 19 & 22 April 2019
Your holiday: 13 – 28 April 2019
Where to go: Bali: Svarga Loka Weight Loss

Early May: Turn Back the Hands of Time in Portugal
Take 4 days off for a 9-day holiday
Book off: 7 – 10 May 2019
Bank holidays: 6 May 2019
Your holiday: 4 – 12 May 2019
Where to go: Portugal: Palacio Estoril Anti-Ageing Women / Anti-Ageing Men

Late May: Transformation and Rejuvenation in Greece
Take 4 days off for a 9-day holiday
Book off: 28 – 31 May 2019
Bank holidays: 27 May
Your holiday: 25 May – 2 June 2019
Where to go: Greece: Euphoria Emotional & Physical Transformation Retreat

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Summer: Be active, Be Balanced and Be Mindful in Spain
Take 4 days off for a 9-day holiday
Book off: 27 – 30 August 2019
Bank holidays: 26 August 2019
Your holiday: 24 August – 1 September 2019
Where to go: Spain: Marbella Club Mindful Triathlon

Christmas: Take Time-out This Festive Season in Thailand
Take 5 days off for a 12-day holiday
Book off: 23, 24, 27, 30 and 31 December 2019
Bank holidays: 25, 26 December and 1st January 2010
Your holiday: 21 December – 1 January 2020
Where to go: Thailand: Mangosteen Ayurveda & Wellness Resort Relax


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