How to get 18 consecutive days off next year for just nine days of annual leave

I don’t know about you, but I’m already thinking about my holidays next year and where I could jet off to. Luckily for me, and anyone else who works Mon-Fri, there’s a way to get a massive 18 days off in a row next year – in exchange for just nine days’ annual leave.

We’ve hit the jackpot when it comes to bank holidays in April and May 2019. By booking annual leave in the days between Easter Monday and May Day, you’ll be stringing them together with your bank holidays to give yourself a close to three-week break from work (sorry bosses of the UK). This year, the dates were too far apart to pull off this trick, but in 2019 it works out perfectly.

We've based this blog on a normal five day working week, though there may be ways to work around this if you work different hours.

How to do it

The Easter dates in 2019 fall quite late, on 19 April (Good Friday) and 22 April (Easter Monday), and with the May Day bank holiday on Mon 6 May, by taking nine days of annual leave in between those dates (from 23 April until 3 May), combined with the weekends you’ll get 18 consecutive days off work.

Here’s a calendar view of the days you need to book. I've highlighted the days to book off in yellow, with the bank holidays in red:

I hope this helps you out when planning your holidays next year. As soon as I’ve finished writing this, I’m going to go book these dates for my holiday next year (Editor’s note: Request denied).

What would you do with 18 days off in a row? Let me know in the comments below, on Twitter @MSE_Deals or on Facebook.