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In the UK, the national minimum annual leave entitlement is 20 days + bank holidays which really isn’t all that given that we are renowned for being workaholics, usually getting the work-life balance totally wrong.

Last year, I wrote a travel hack post showing you how you could double your annual leave by being savvy with the dates you book off work. It was such a hit that I decided to do it again – this time a 2020 version.

Below I will show you which dates you need to book off and what you can do with those dates to make the most of your leave.

You may be surprised by how far you can get by just juggling a few dates around!

exotic beach with aqua water and white sand on a sunny day

Another option if you are planning an extended trip and happen to work shifts, is that you could offer to work all the bank holidays. You will then get 8 days of annual leave in lieu meaning you can get an extra 2 weeks off with only 2 days of your leave allowance.

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No time to read it now? Or not ready to book your leave? No worries, Pin it for later!

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How to double your annual leave entitlement…

January Annual Leave

National Holiday: 1st January

Book these dates: 30-31st December + 2nd-3rd Jan

Annual leave trade-off: 9 days holiday with 4 days annual leave

Trips you could take with these specific dates

picture of petra in jordan on a sunny day

April Annual Leave

National Holiday: 10th and 13th April

Book these dates: 6-9th + 14-17th April

Annual leave trade-off: 16 days holiday with 8 days leave

Trips you could take with these specific dates

macchu pichu ruins on a sunny day

May Annual Leave

National Holiday: 8th and 25th May

Book these dates: 4th-7th May

Annual leave trade-off: 9 days holiday for 4 days leave

Trips you could take with these specific dates

visovac tiny island from above in croatia

Book these dates: 26-29th May

Annual leave trade-off: 9 days holiday for 4 days leave

Trips you could take with these specific dates

Or if you want a longer trip…

Book these dates: 4-7th + 11-22nd + 26th-29th May

Annual leave trade-off: 30 days holiday for 18 days leave

Trips you could take with these specific dates

picture of 2 female lions under the tree in the african savannah

August/September Annual Leave

National Holiday: 31st August

Book these dates: 1-4th Sept

Annual leave trade-off: 9 days holiday for 4 days leave

Trips you could take with these specific dates

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December Annual Leave

National Holiday: 25th and 28th December

Book these dates: 21-24th+ 29th-31st December

Annual leave trade-off: 16 days holiday with 7 days leave

Trips you could take with these specific dates

One of my favourite places in sri lanka - secret beach in mirissa
Secret Beach in Mirissa

Hopefully, you’ve gotten some inspiration for your 2020 adventures! What’s your travel plans for next year? Tell me in the comments. And don’t forget to pin this to your Pinterest boards so you can come back to it later!

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