How to maximise your annual leave in 2021 and turn 23 days into 53

MOST Brits haven’t had a holiday this year as 2020 was effectively a write-off for city breaks, beach getaways and even staycations. 

If you have your sights set on a much-needed break next year to make up for lost time, here’s how to turn 23 days of annual leave into 53. 

Whether you’re eyeing up a lavish resort or fancy a weekend in Bognor Regis, expert Nicky Kelvin, from The Points Guy UK, revealed you need to maximise your Bank Holidays. 

Nicky, a content director, told Cosmopolitan the months you need to focus on are April, May and August. 

Nicky broke it down, explaining if you take eight days off in March and April, that will equate to 16 days holiday.

You need to book off March 29, 30 and 31, and April 1, 6, 7, 8 and 9, as you’ll also enjoy the Bank Holidays of April 2 and 5 in the middle. 

Dates to book

  • April 2021: Book off eight days for a 16 day holiday. Take off 29, 30, 31 March and 1, 6, 7, 8, 9 April to enjoy the Bank Holidays of April 2 and 5. 
  • May 2021: Book off four days for a nine day holiday. Take off May 4, 5, 6 and 7 to enjoy the Bank Holiday of May 3. 
  • August 2021: Book off four days for a nine day holiday. Take off August 31, and September 1, 2 and 3 to enjoy the Bank Holiday of August 30. 

For May, take advantage of the May Day Bank Holiday on the third, by booking off the 4, 5, 6 and 7, turning four days of leave into nine. 

And in August, maximise the August 30 Bank holiday by taking off the 31st, as well as September 1,2 and 3, turning four days into another nine-day bonanza. 

If all that time off wasn’t enough, Brits can also look forward to another Bank Holiday next year, after the Government announced we’ll be getting one extra day, on June 3, to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

There is an incredible amount to be explored in the UK

Nicky said next year was the perfect time to book your dream destination, or explore a bit closer to home. 

He said: “Having flexible tickets means you can aim for something exciting, but you won’t get stung if heavy restrictions are still in place and you need to change or cancel.

"There is an incredible amount to be explored in the UK, and should international travel restrictions remain in place this will be the best way to enjoy a break.” 

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