Still suffering with post-holiday blues? Christmas is now just a distant memory but these winter months make you yearn for days off.
When is the next Bank Holiday? Easter, boy that’s a long way away.
After that, the rest of the bank holidays in 2017 fall in May, August and December.
Speaking of Easter, you can actually wangle a sizable 18 days off during that holiday period while only using nine days holiday.
That’s a nice chunk of time off. But the fun doesn’t stop there. By being strategic with your allocated holiday days and taking into account how bank holidays fall - there is a way to get 55 days off work this year (based on having 25 days holiday)!
Now, the maths gets a little complicated but it all checks out so here is what you need to do to possible get a whole month and a half off work in 2017.
- Friday April 14 - Good Friday
- Monday April 17 - Easter Monday
- Monday May 1 - Early May Bank Holiday
If Thursday, April 13 is your last day in work and you book holidays until Tuesday, May 2, you will only be using nine days of holiday for 18 days off work in total.
Days off work: 18
Holiday days remaining: 16
Spring Bank Holiday:
- Monday May 29
As the bank holiday is a Monday, you can use four days holiday to book the rest of the week off. Including both weekends either side of this bank holiday, you will have nine days off in a row.
Days off work: 9
Holiday days remaining: 12
Summer Bank Holiday:
- Monday August 28
Exactly the same as with the May Bank Holiday. Book four days off and get nine off in total.
Days off work: 9
Holiday days remaining: 8
- December 25 (Monday) - Christmas Day
- December 26 (Tuesday) - Boxing Day
Because of how Christmas falls this year, you’ll be able to book another 10 days off while using just three days holiday.
Christmas Day will be on a Monday, followed by Boxing Day on the Tuesday - another bank holiday.
There will then be three work days - the three you will book from December 27 to 29 - and then a weekend and another bank holiday - New Year's Day.
Days off work: 10
Holiday days remaining: 5
So, in short, these are the exact dates you need to book off in order to get 55 days off -
April 2017: 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
May 2017: 30, 31
June 2017: 1, 2
August 2017: 29, 30, 31
September 2017: 1
December 2017: 27, 28, 29
This still gives you an entire working week to book off if you so desire at some point. That’s long enough for a week in the sun or alternatively head to a festival in Europe, if the mud and chaos that is Glastonbury just doesn’t float your boat.