How to get 45 days off work in 2022 using only 18 days of annual leave

Many are eager to escape that Groundhog Day feeling by getting some holidays booked in next year.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 5th February 2021

There isn’t much more to say about the past 15 months or so that hasn’t already been said by this point now, right?

2020 was unlike any other year in recent memory, with life as we once knew it completely flipped on its head, but despite restrictions easing over the past couple of months and confirmation expected later today that Britain’s so-called ‘Freedom Day’ will actually happen on 19 July, 2021 has felt like much of the same.

It really is no surprise that many are eager to escape that Groundhog Day feeling by getting some holidays booked in then.

Especially after the UK government unveiled its traffic light travel system back in April.

Travel Secretary Grant Shapps told Sky News last month that: “It is possible in this pandemic for things to move and change quickly… [however, these changes also] mean there is a little bit of relief for the travel industry and for people who wish to get away.


“It won’t be quite like it was in 2019 and the old days, but we are moving in a positive direction.”

Considering the uncertainty that’s still involved in booking a holiday abroad in 2021, it’s understandable that people are choosing to plan ahead and look to 2022 when it comes to booking trips and time off work instead.


Fancy really making the most of it?

For those looking to play their cards right, Stylist Magazine has worked out a way to secure yourself a whopping 45 days off work using just 18 days of your Annual Leave allowance – and it’s pretty impressive.

Here’s how it works.


As you’ve probably worked out, the key is all to do with Bank / Public Holidays and the days that fall either side of those nine pre-scheduled days off.

Where the weekends fall in 2022 also plays a significant part in it.

  • Friday 15 April: Bank Holiday (Good Friday)
  • Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 April: Weekend
  • Monday 18 April: Bank Holiday (Easter Monday)
  • Tuesday 19 – Friday 22 April: Annual Leave
  • Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 April: Weekend
  • Saturday 30 April & Sunday 1 May: Weekend
  • Monday 2 May: Bank Holiday (May Day)
  • Tuesday 3 – Friday 6 May: Annual Leave
  • Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 May: Weekend

Did you know that a four-day Bank Holiday weekend will mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee next summer to celebrate the monarch’s 70 years on the throne?

Booking just three days of Annual Leave means you can max that out to a week off.

  • Monday 30 May – Wednesday 1 June: Annual Leave
  • Thursday 2 & Friday 3 June: Bank Holiday
  • Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 June: Weekend
  • Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 August: Weekend
  • Monday 29 August: Bank Holiday
  • Tuesday 30 August – Friday 2 September: Annual Leave
  • Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 September: Weekend
Many are eager to escape that Groundhog Day feeling by getting some holidays booked in in 2022 / Credit: Iwan Shimko (Unsplash)

How does 10 days off work in a row for the price of three Annual Leave days sound next Christmas time?

  • Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 December: Weekend (Christmas Eve & Christmas Day)
  • Monday 26 & Tuesday 27 December: Boxing Day & Bank Holiday
  • Wednesday 28 – Friday 30 December: Annual Leave
  • Saturday 31 December 2022 & Sunday 1 January 2023: Weekend
  • Monday 2 January 2023: Bank Holiday 

It’s worth noting that before you rush to book all these days off, you should check your employer’s policies on Annual Leave and keep in mind that they don’t actually have to give you paid leave on Bank / Public Holidays.

You can find out more about what you’re entitled to on the website.

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