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Tactical planning for 2018 can see you boost the amount of time off that you have in May, thanks to two Bank Holidays in the same month.
We may only be three-quarters of the way through 2017, but holidays could be running low and so, being wise and alert, you may be better prepared next year.
Thanks to the way the double Bank Holiday falls in May, it's possible to have 24 days' holiday by taking just 14.
Your final day in the office would be on May 4, and you wouldn't return until June has almost arrived, on May 29.
Here's the explanation...
In May, there are two Bank Holidays. The first on May 7, the second on May 28. With the weekends falling on May 5-6, May 12-13, May 19-20 and May 26-27, you'll be laughing at the idea of not seeing your colleagues for practically an entire month.
Similarly, by being tactical in March, you could book 14 days off, by using only eight days' holiday. Easter weekend runs from March 30 to April 2, and with two weekends either side (March 24-25 and April 7-8), it means another nicely extended break.
Sadly, there will be no such opportunities remaining throughout this year, as there are no more Bank Holidays in the schedule until Boxing Day.
However, if you do have enough holidays left, then having an extended Christmas break could also be an option.
This year, Christmas Day falls on a Monday, which means the last traditional office working day will be December 22 (Friday).
You'd then have the weekend of December 23-24 off, plus Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
By using three days' holiday from December 27-29 (Wednesday-Fri), you'll then enjoy the next weekend off of December 30-31, plus New Year's Day on the following Monday.
That's 10 days' holiday for the price of three, and one happy end to the year.
However, for those of you who work weekends, and shifts, there may not be so much joy, and we are sorry for filling you with such hope. But don't worry, we understand how you feel.
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