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2022 Travel Hack: Turn 18 days annual leave into 47 days off work

Planning a big getaway in 2022? Then make your annual leave go further by building a bank holiday (or two) into your plans. With some smart planning in advance, holidaymakers can maximise their annual leave.

We’ve outlined the key dates and destinations to aim for below, and how you can combine the long weekends and public holidays with your annual leave to make 2022 the year of getting back into the world.


Annual leave FAQs

Most workers who work a 5-day week receive at least 28 days of paid annual leave per year. This is the equivalent of 5.6 weeks of holiday.

Bank holidays are different across the home nations of the UK, and if you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland you’ll get a couple of extra days off. Check the tables below for public holiday dates in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. You can find more information on the UK government website.

The key to maximising your annual leave throughout the year is to fly out on the Saturday before a bank holiday falls, and then home again on the following Sunday. This will mean at the very least, you will exchange 4 days of annual leave for a 9-day break.

For example, during the Easter break, if you book April 19-22 off, you’ll get a 10-day break and only use four days of holiday, as this time period spans six weekend days including Good Friday and Easter Monday.

If you live in England or Wales, this is how you turn your annual leave into 47 days of holiday. Using the same system, Scottish workers can get 49 days off. Workers in Northern Ireland will do even better, with 50 days off.


Public Holiday Dates for 2022

PUBLIC HOLIDAY DATEDAYHOLIDAY
3rd JanuaryMondayNew Year’s Day (substitute day)
15th AprilFridayGood Friday
18 AprilMondayEaster Monday
2nd MayMondayEarly May bank holiday
2nd JuneThursdaySpring bank holiday
3rd JuneFridayPlatinum Jubilee bank holiday
29th AugustMondaySummer bank holiday
26th DecemberMondayBoxing Day
27th DecemberTuesdayChristmas Day (substitute day)
PUBLIC HOLIDAY DATEDAYHOLIDAY
3rd JanuaryMondayNew Year’s Day (substitute day)
4th JanuaryTuesday2nd January (substitute day)
15th AprilFridayGood Friday
2nd MayMondayEarly May bank holiday
2nd JuneThursdaySpring bank holiday
3rd JuneFridayPlatinum Jubilee bank holiday
1st AugustMondaySummer bank holiday
30th NovemberWednesdaySt Andrew’s Day
26th DecemberMondayBoxing Day
27th DecemberTuesdayChristmas Day (substitute day)
PUBLIC HOLIDAY DATEDAYHOLIDAY
3rd JanuaryMondayNew Year’s Day (substitute day)
17th MarchThursdaySt Patrick’s Day
15th AprilFridayGood Friday
18th AprilMondayEaster Monday
2nd MayMondayEarly May bank holiday
2nd JuneThursdaySpring bank holiday
3rd JuneFridayPlatinum Jubilee bank holiday
12th JulyTuesdayBattle of the Boyne
29th AugustMondaySummer bank holiday
26th DecemberMondayBoxing Day
27th DecemberTuesdayChristmas Day (substitute day)

Where to go over Easter

Amsterdam is just right for a spring city break. From buzzing nightlife to the seven million tulips, hyacinths and daffodils on display at the Keukenhof, there’s plenty to see and do. If you’re ready for further flora and fauna, South Africa is also calling, as Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg all have great weather around now, with minimal rain and average temperatures of 26°C as their summer draws to a close. Plan a safari in Kruger National Park or a road trip along the Garden Route into your plans and you’ve got the makings of a varied and visually stunning trip.

Amsterdam
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Where to go for the first May bank holiday

This is one of the best times to visit Portugal, as the weather isn’t too hot or cold. Stroll through colourful hipster neighbourhoods of Lisbon, sip wine in the Douro valley or kick back on one of the country’s epic beaches. Both Lisbon and Porto are ideal for short city breaks, but sun-worshippers should fly into Faro and explore the Algarve’s coast.


Where to go for the second Spring bank holiday

Keep it Mediterranean with a beach break in Ibiza. It’s opening-party season in San Antonio, so if you’re craving a wild weekend blessed with sunshine, this is the spot. Meanwhile, in Sweden the long days create a giddy early-summer atmosphere – and there’s no better place to enjoy it than Stockholm, with picnics in the park, kayaking on the Riddarfjärden, and cycling along its elegant quays.

Girl sitting by the sea on Ibiza
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Where to go for the August bank holidays

The best part of travelling during August is Europe’s beautiful weather. Make the most of it with a city break in Warsaw, where you can hop through the city museums, go open-air clubbing in Berlin, or throw down your towel on one of Corsica’s pristine white beaches. Make sure to book your flights early, as it’s the peak season for the school holidays.


Where to go over Christmas and New Year

Had enough of winter already? Then swap Europe’s chill for an average daily temperature of 29°C on the sunny beaches of Rio de Janeiro – before extending your trip into the Amazon rainforest. But if it’s the Yuletide spirit you’re after, you can’t beat one of Europe’s Christmas Markets. Budapest lays on one of the most festive spreads, with cosy Christmas stalls and glittering window displays adding sparkle to the streets. Vörösmarty Square is the place to be for all things Christmassy come December 24th.

Christmas in Budapest
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