How to DOUBLE your effective holiday in 2019 by booking off these 25 days


MAKE the most of your holiday this year and DOUBLE the length of your holidays by strategically booking around holidays and weekends.

You won’t get any more time off work – but it will feel like it as you’ll get longer holiday breaks with fewer days off used.

 If you're organised you can double your time away with these simple tricks. 

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If you’re organised you can double your time away with these simple tricks. 

How does it work?

Over Easter break you need to ask for April 15 to 18 and April 23 to 26 off work.

This gets you a 16 day break and only uses eight days of holiday.

The extra days come from bank holidays on April 19 and 22, as well as weekend.

Then in May you need you ask for May 7 to 10 off, once you factor in the May 6 bank holiday you get nine days off in total.

This works the same for other bank holidays too.

For the late May bank holiday, you need to book off May 28 to 31, this gives you May 27 as a bank holiday.

That means you’ll get nine days off (including weekends) for the price of four.

How to double your holiday in 2019

WITH a bit of planning you can double your holiday. Here’s how it works:

  • Easter 2019 – Take 8 days off for a 16-day holiday

 Book off: 15th – 18th April & 23rd – 26th April

 Bank holidays: 19th & 22nd April

 Your holiday: 13th – 28th April

  • Early May bank holiday – Take 4 days off for a 9-day holiday
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Book off: 7th – 10th May

Bank holidays: 6th May

Your holiday: 4th – 12th May

  • Late May bank holiday – Take 4 days off for a 9-day holiday

 Book off: 28th – 31st May

 Bank holidays: 27th May

 Your holiday: 25th May – 2nd June

  • August bank holiday  – Take 4 days off for a 9-day holiday

 Book off: 27th – 30th August

 Bank holidays: 26th August

 Your holiday: 24th August – 1st September

  • Christmas 2019 Take 5 days off for a 12-day holiday 

 Book off: 23rd, 24th, 27th, 30th & 31st December

 Bank holidays: 25th, 26th December & 1st January

 Your holiday: 21st December – 1st January

In August, book 27 to 30 and get August 26 as a bank holiday equalling nine days off including the two weekends.

Next Christmas you can 12 days off in a row by booking of just five days.

You need to get in there early and book off December 23, 24, 27, 30 and 31.

That means you get Christmas Day December 25 and Boxing Day December 26, plus January 1 as bank holidays.

Unfortunately, this plan only works if you’re on a normal shift pattern and automatically get weekends and bank holidays off.

Leave from work is also subject to approval by your managers and you have to follow their policy when it comes to taking holiday.

When are the Bank Holiday Dates in 2019?

HERE is the full list of 2019 bank holidays below:

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1 January – New Year’s Day

19 April – Good Friday

22 April – Easter Monday

6 May – May Day

27 May – Spring bank holiday

26 August – Summer bank holiday

25 December – Christmas day

26 December Boxing Day

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If you’re wondering how this worked in 2018, check out our guide.

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