While a lot of people would love to travel full time, not everyone can afford to, and of course, some people are perfectly happy working full time and making the most of their annual leave. As I’m soon to be one of the latter, I’ve been busy looking at how I can use bank holidays to maximise my time off this year.  Here are some of the best options for the year ahead.

Note: these are the bank holidays for England and Wales – Scotland and Northern Ireland have some differences, which you can find here.

DECEMBER 2016/JANUARY 2017

Saturday 24th December – Monday 2nd January
10 days off in a row / 3 days annual leave

APRIL/MAY 2017

Friday 14th April – Monday 1st May
18 days off in a row / 9 days annual leave

MAY/JUNE 2017

Saturday 27th May – Sunday 4th June
9 days off in a row / 4 days annual leave

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2017

Saturday 26th August – Sunday 3rd September
9 days off in a row / 4 days annual leave

DECEMBER 2017/JANUARY 2018

Saturday 23rd December – Monday 1st January
10 days off in a row / 3 days annual leave

OUT OF OFFICE!

So there you have it – if you have 20 days annual leave a year, and easy going colleagues who don’t mind you hogging the best dates, then you can fit in all of these breaks. The only question is: where will you go?

Psst! Here are some ideas I came up with in 2015, Summer 2016, and Autumn/Winter 2016