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A Simple Guide: Making the most of your Annual Leave in 2023

Looking for the best way to make the most of your annual leave? We've got everything you need to know.

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Booking strategic holidays is our new obsession, only four days of annual leave taken but a whopping 10 days off? Sign. Us. Up.

As we enter a difficult Winter, hope comes from planning our holidays next year – and how you can have a fair few of them too.

We got a full-blown list of all the days you should take off to maximise your holiday time – that’s 47 days off using only 19 days of your annual leave BTW.

April

April is that time of year where you really start to yearn for summer... It’s getting sunnier out (but not much warmer) and it feels like it’s been years since January – so why not book a 10-day getaway somewhere sunny and warm?

And guess what. Theme parks are officially open again in April - winner - so why not head to Thorpe Park or Alton Towers? You're into animals too? Chessington World of Adventures Resort is the perfect combination of ferocious beasts AND rides.

When you should book off:

Monday - April 3rd, Tuesday - April 4th, Wednesday - April 5th, Thursday - April 6th

Amount Annual Holiday used: 4 days

Total Time off: 10 days

May & June

Ah, the start of the Summer months – plus the kids are in school so booking a getaway won’t cost a tonne.

These two sets of holidays could have you hardly working and mostly relaxing throughout May – personally, we couldn’t think of anything better. Two nine-day-long holidays in one month is the recipe for success.

Didn't you know? Staycations are still trendy. Some of our top locations are London (because, obviously), Essex (there's more to it than you'd think) and Wales (for you outdoorsy types) - oh, and Blackpool for the Strictly fans out there.

Early May:

When you should book off:

Tuesday - May 2nd, Wednesday - May 3rd, Thursday - May 4th, Friday - May 5th

Amount Annual Holiday used: 4 days

Total Time off: 9 days

End of May:

When you should book off:

Tuesday - May 30th, Wednesday - May 31st, Thursday - June 1st, Friday - June 2nd

Amount Annual Holiday used: 4 days

Total Time off: 9 days

August & September

Ahhh, the perfect end of summer getaway – although, the kids are still on holiday during this one, so watch out for the prices.

Another whopping nine-day holiday, could you ask for much more? The good news is, most places are still toasty warm in September, so you won’t be missing out on any sunshine.

Summer season, is Zoo season in our minds. There's just something about strolling around, meeting all kinds of creatures at the Zoo that we just love. But if you're not feeling up to walking, Safari Parks are a great option too. Which would you rather go to?

When you should book off:

Tuesday - August 29th, Wednesday - August 30th, Thursday - August 31st, Friday - September 1st

Amount Annual Holiday used: 4 days

Total Time off: 9 days

December

Who wants to work over Christmas? No one. So, why not use a mere three-days of your annual leave spending that weird gap in-between Xmas and New Year's sat watching TV and eating chocolate (aka how it’s supposed to be spent)?

If you're not into spending time doing nothing (you rare unicorns), why not head to an aquarium? They're basically the winter go-to day out - but we've gone the extra mile and collected the best things to do indoors (y'know, for when the weather isn't on your side).

When you should book off:

Wednesday - December 27th, Thursday - December 28th, Friday - December 29th

Amount Annual Holiday used: 3 days

Total Time off: 10 days

So, will you be booking these days off in 2023?

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