If you’re a full-time employee with a mere 20 days of annual leave to carefully use up throughout the year, there’s guaranteed to be one thing on your mind. How to I max my holidays?!
From the azure waters of Croatia to the hiking trails of Patagonia, your mind is *probably* overflowing with ideas of where to spend your precious days off. So, how can you beat the office blues and spend more time travelling this year?
Well, for all you Aussie readers, your public holiday dates make it incredibly simple to hack your holiday calendar and maximise your annual leave.
Using the Contiki 2020 Trip Planner you can actually turn your 20 days off into a casual 42, giving you three extra weeks of holiday time this year. Hallelujah!
So, here’s how it works: the purple circled dates are your public holidays (think Australia Day and the Easter Long Weekend). The yellow circled dates show your weekend extenders. Lastly, the green circled dates are when you would apply for holiday leave in between.
You can score four days off in January, followed by a whopping 16 days in April – quick trip to Asia, anyone? – before landing another nine days in June, three days in October and 13 days in December. Epic is an understatement.
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In case aesthetically pleasing calendars aren’t your vibe, here are the dates to help you figure out how to double your annual leave:
- Australia Day: 24 January 2020 – 27 January 2020 = 4 days off using 1 day of leave
- Easter Break: 4 April 2020 – 19 April 2020 = 16 days off using 8 days of leave
- Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend: 6 June 2020 – 14 June 2020 = 9 days off using 4 days of leave
- October Long Weekend: 3 October 2020 – 5 October 2020 = 3 days off without using leave
- Christmas Break: 19 December 2020 – 31 December 2020 = 13 days off using 7 days of leave
This hack is so genius – you’re welcome. So, it’s probably a good idea to ask your boss to approve your leave RIGHT NOW (before everyone else in your office figures it out).
Now, if only you could decide how to spend all of your extra days off…