Holidays in 2022: How to get a whopping 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 that Covid disruption of holiday plans will be reduced even further in 2022.

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

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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 using up too much of your annual allowance.

The trick is to combine existing public holidays with the days surrounding them, Wales Online reports.

This creates the biggest blocks of time available for the least number of working days missed.

Here we give you the guide on getting the most of your possible 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)

To then get a potential 62 days off using just 26 days annual leave, workers could try to book the suggested dates below off.

For example, strategic booking of eight days off around Easter could net you a total of 16 days off.

It’s that simple. Check out below for the suggested dates to book off to make your limited annual leave stretch further.

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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