The start of the year can be pretty bleak. The nights are long, the mornings are dark, and the Christmas cheer has long since gone.
In these times, we can be forgiven for thinking about getting away for a bit. If you're doing just that, but don't know whether you can swing it on your annual leave, here's how to get 18 days of holiday whilst only using up 9 days of leave.
Before we get started, it's worth remembering that this tactic will only work if the place where you work doesn't open on bank holidays and you aren't required to work any weekends.
Finally, a break for the hard-working folk who toil from 9 until 5 (what a way to make a living, eh?).
So, because the first May bank holiday comes really early in the month this year, you need to try to earmark the days between Friday 19 April until Monday 6 May 2019.
The first Friday there (April 19) is Good Friday and the following Monday (22 April) is Easter Monday. That's those days off as bank holidays.
The first May bank holiday is May 6. You won't need to book that off either.
If you then factor in the fact that April 20, 21, 27, and 28 as well as May 4 and 5 are all weekend days, you've managed to wangle a whole 18 days off work there without critically damaging your annual leave allowance.
In fact, you'll only need to book off April 23 to 26, April 29 and 30, and May 1 to May 3.
Got that? Well just copy and paste this and send it to your boss if you haven't.
That means you can get onto the internet and start looking for holiday deals to get some much-needed sunshine around Easter.
Well, there are a few other things that you might have to think about...
That should keep you going through the winter months, right?
To be fair, the bank holidays don't really help us get through this dark period. January is horrible, and it is also about as far as you can get from a day off work in the middle of the week.
In fact, the next bank holiday is the aforementioned Good Friday day off on April 19.
But, you can just use up a bit of annual leave then, safe in the knowledge that you've saved a whole load of days by booking those nine days off.
Just don't tell your co-workers. They'll all want a piece of it.
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