How to Get The Most Out Of Your Annual Leave in 2023


There’s a saying that ‘hard work is its own reward’, but let’s be honest, nothing is more rewarding than taking time off from work for a nice relaxing holiday! You work all year round and only get so many days off a year – so why not make the absolute most of them! Here’s how…


For those working a 9-5 Monday to Friday job, you can turn 23 days annual leave into a whopping 56 days off by wisely planning your annual leave around bank holidays and weekends. Yep, you read that right! 56 days off, uh, yes please!





2023’s first bank holiday is on Monday 2nd Jan since New Year is on a Saturday. So, if you take the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Jan as annual leave, you will actually get 9 days off, including the weekends. 


This is a great way to extend your time off following the Christmas period and enjoy some extra family time, or peace and quiet if that’s what you need! You can also bag some bargain getaways at this time of year and a holiday would be an AMAZING Christmas present for your other half…if we do say so ourselves!





Thanks to the four-day weekend, we can always look forward to some extra time off for the Easter bank holiday. But if four days just aren’t enough, here’s how you can get your hands on ten days off but by only using four annual leave days. 


This year, Easter falls on April 7 (Good Friday) and April 10 (Easter Monday). That means you’ll want to book off the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th April, which will give you a whopping 10-day break, perfect for planning the most exciting Easter egg hunt. You could even squeeze in a city break to a new and exciting city!





May’s first bank holiday of 2023 is Monday 1st, so taking the next four days (2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th) as annual leave will give you a juicy nine days off. But, May’s holidays don’t stop there!



May’s next bank holiday is Monday 29th and by taking 30th, 31st May and 1st, 2nd June off too using annual leave days, you can enjoy another nine days! 18 days off for the price of 8 in May – think of all the places you could go.





Now we’re getting later into the year, you might start thinking that it’s about time for another break and don’t worry, the August bank holiday is the perfect time to put in a few days of annual leave to get some time off. Following the bank holiday on Monday 28th, if you take the next four days as annual leave (29th, 30th, 31st and 1st), then you can enjoy nine glorious days off. 


August is a favourite month to travel among many families thanks to the school holidays, meaning the kids have plenty of time off school. Plus the temperatures are often at their peak in August so you can count on topping up your tan in the sunshine. We have some great deals on family holidays, some including free child places, so check them out if you’re planning some time off!





December is, of course, the most wonderful time of the year, and what better way to celebrate the festive season than having some extra time off in between the bank holidays. Christmas Day and Boxing Day fall on a Monday and Tuesday next year, so if you take the rest of that working week off (27th, 28th and 29th) you can enjoy 10 days off work to celebrate with your loved ones. 


There are plenty of cheap holiday deals to be had at this time of the year, so if you want to start a Christmas holiday tradition, it won’t break the bank!

If you’re looking to get the most of of your leave in 2024, check out these tricks.

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