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How to maximise annual leave in the UK: smart vacation planning

posted by Liza 10th April 2018 0 comments
4 days in Turkey - Istanbul and Cappadocia

Dear all, if you’re reading this post, it means you’re really interested in how to maximise annual leave in the UK and travel even more. Last year, we’ve been working full-time in London/Edinburgh and still managed to visit 17 countries. Every year we were visiting at least 12-20 countries without leaving work, so yes, it’s entirely possible to travel a lot and work in an office. All you need to do is to maximise your vacation days wisely and spend some time planning your trips!

Want an advice on maximising your annual leave in the UK? Keep reading this post.

1. Combine multiple counties in one trip

We usually check where we could fly for a decent amount of money and then see if it’s possible to make another trip inside. For example, in 11-12 days, we managed to visit Thailand, Cambodia and Singapore with just return tickets to Bangkok and back. You can read more about this trip in this post.

Alternatively, you can buy multi-city tickets (you can do it on Expedia.com, for example). If you live far away from big airports, it makes sense to make longer trips to continental Europe, where you can visit multiple countries in one trip. A couple of years ago, I went on a really great trip around Europe and visited 5 countries in 16 days. Read more about planning a trip to Europe in this post.

We did many combinations before (described in the posts below and as well as mentioned above)
Road trip around Europe in 9 days: from Italy to Germany
Balkans bus trip: 7 countries in 8 days
Eastern Europe: Russia, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia in 5 days
Baltic Sea Cruise: Sweden, Estonia, Finland and Russia in 5 days
Central Europe: from Slovenia to Austria through Hungary and Slovakia

how to maximise annual leave 2018 uk

2. Fly after work & spend nights in the planes

Now this might be quite tiring for some of you, but if you truly want to maximise your vacation days in the U.K., you should do it. Recently (during our latest trips to India and Turkey) we were spending at least one night in the plane (sometimes even two nights) not to spend precious vacation days flying.

3. Travel on weekends and save vacation days

Who told you that you need to take any vacation days for your trips at all? Instead of, let’s stay, spending a week in France you can split that trip into three different short weekend trips.

Hamburg Speicherstadt

4. Travel off-season

Okay, the weather might not be the best during the off-season in Europe, however, the tickets during this time are seriously cheap! We managed to buy a return flight to Marseille for two people for just £20 (I know, right!!!), Billund (Denmark) for £30 and Toulouse for £30 as well. And it wasn’t even raining that much.

4 days in Turkey - Istanbul and Cappadocia

5. Combine trips with the bank holidays wisely & maximise annual leave in the UK

Only 4 days off and travel for 10 days, which is enough for pretty much any long-haul destination (including Australia). Christmas & New Year’s bank holidays together with just 4 days of vacations can give you whopping 11 days off, so why not take advantage of bank holidays?

6. Take unpaid leave or work from a different location

If you’re a lucky one and work in a pretty flexible environment where working from a different location is allowed, congrats! You can travel way more than even us! However, if it’s not the case for your company, you can enquire, whether you can take some days of unpaid leave (only if you’re fine with it and if you’re lacking a couple of days for your lifetime trip to Latin America!

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