Here’s How To More Than Double Your Holiday Allowance


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It’s January. We’re all back at work. And we all know where we’d rather be. We feel your pain; it’s cold, it’s dark when you go to work, it’s dark when you return home. Let’s face it; most of us just can’t wait for January to be over. But before you think the month ahead looks too bleak, we’ve got some news that might just make your year. 


SEE: How To Beat The January Blues

While we’re all feeling those back-to-work blues, you might take comfort in the knowledge that here in the UK, we receive a lot more holiday than most other places around the world. On average, we get 28 days holiday (excluding public holidays), second only to France who gives its lucky citizens 30 days. But spare a thought for those in the US, as they’re not actually entitled to ANY paid leave whatsoever. In light of that revelation, the following may sound slightly insensitive and ever so slightly smug, but we’re going to say it anyway. 

There is a way to ensure you get even more holiday than you already do. Whether you get 28 days or not, there’s always room for more out-of-office time, and we’re here to tell you exactly how to make that happen. 

So say you get the more typical 25 days off work, if you take the following dates off throughout the year, you will actually end up with a whopping 55 days of freedom. Is there any thought more appealing than that? Without further ado, here’s our helpful calendar, guaranteed to turn your January frown upside down…

It all kicks off in March. If you take the following dates off (those in bold), you’ll find yourself with a grand total of 16 days off work thanks to the positioning of weekends/bank holidays:

WEEKEND

March 21st

March 22nd

March 23rd

March 24th

BANK HOLIDAY/ WEEKEND / BANK HOLIDAY

March 29th

March 30th

March 31st

April 1st

WEEKEND

TOTAL: 16 DAYS

Here’s what to do in May/June:

WEEKEND / BANK HOLIDAY

May 31st

June 1st

June 2nd

June 3rd

WEEKEND

TOTAL: 9 DAYS

Now for August/September:

WEEKEND / BANK HOLIDAY

August 30th

August 31st

September 1st

September 2nd

WEEKEND

TOTAL: 9 DAYS

And finally, here’s how to make your Christmas last as long as humanly possible:

22nd December

23rd December

WEEKEND / BANK HOLIDAY / BANK HOLIDAY

28th December

29th December

30th December

WEEKEND / BANK HOLIDAY

TOTAL: 12 DAYS

Think of all the extra episodes of Netflix we can watch! Or, you know, days out we could have. Either way, that’s certainly something to smile about.