How to use 2022 bank holidays to get 62 days off by using just 26 days’ annual leave

Next year we will enjoy an extra bank holiday thanks to the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

After 18 months of travel restrictions, hopes are high the Covid rules on holidays will be relaxed even further in 2022.

And if you book your holidays just right, workers can actually get 62 days of long breaks away from their job by using just 26 days of their annual leave.

By strategically selecting specific days in the lead up to and beyond bank holidays, full-time workers could massively extend their time off – assuming they don’t usually work public holidays or weekends.

This could mean an extended holiday with minimal annual leave – or extra time when the kids are off school without it making too much of a dent in your annual allowance.

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The trick is to combine existing public holidays with the days surrounding them, creating the biggest blocks of time available for the least working days missed.

Here we give you the guide on getting the most of your breaks in 2022…

Full list of 2022 bank holidays in England and Wales

  • New Year’s Day – Monday, January 3 (substitute)
  • Good Friday – Friday, April 15
  • Easter Monday – Monday, April 18
  • Early May Bank Holiday – Monday, May 2
  • Spring Bank Holiday – Thursday, June 2
  • Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday – Friday, June 3
  • Summer Bank Holiday – Monday, August 29
  • Boxing Day – Monday, December 26
  • Christmas Day – Tuesday, December 27 (substitute)

When to book your holidays

  • Tuesday- Friday, January 4-7 (take four days off to get nine)
  • Monday – Wednesday, April 11-14, and Tuesday – Friday, April 19-22 (take eight days off to get 16)
  • Tuesday – Friday, May 3-6 (take four days off to get nine)
  • Monday – Wednesday, May 30 – June 1 (take three days off to get nine)
  • Tuesday – Friday, August 20 – September 2 (take four days off to get nine)
  • Wednesday – Friday, December 28-30 (take three days off to get 10)

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