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How to secure 54 days holiday in 2022 by using just 22 days of annual leave...

Did you know that by only taking 22 days of annual leave, you can have 54 days off of work? You can even take them seven days at a time! Often you have to work around your colleagues holiday time so securing it early is the perfect way to maximise your annual leave.

January has already passed, but we'll recap so you can get to grips with how this all works. If you booked off the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th, you could have a maximum of 9 days off, with the 1st and 2nd being a weekend and the Monday 3rd being a bank holiday. See where we are going? Keep reading – it gets better!

Easter Holidays in the UK

The next chance for a big break is in April – by taking four days of annual leave, you can rack up a total of ten days off of work around the Easter Holidays! Take the 19th of April to the 22nd of April, and with bank holidays and weekends on either side of those, you will have plenty of time to get through your Easter chocolate stash.

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Who doesn’t love a summer holiday? Well, through May and June there are some perfect opportunities to take the time you need to relax and recover with some more perfect planning.

At the beginning of May, you can take four days of annual leave for a total of nine days off in a row. All you need to do is book off from the 3rd of May to the 6th; with a bank holiday on the 2nd and weekends on either side, you've got a holiday to plan!

But it doesn’t stop there for summer breaks, fast forward to the end of May, and there is even more ‘me-time’!

Thanks to the Queen's Jubilee celebrations, the late May bank holiday has been pushed back to the 2nd of June, giving you a very generous nine days off if you book off the 30th of May, 31st of May and the 1st of June.

That is 37 days off work, and we haven’t even got to July yet!


You’ve taken your Summer holiday without getting caught in the mayhem by taking it earlier than most, but you can still get some time off at the very tail-end of summer when it isn’t uncomfortably scorching.

The August bank holiday falls on Monday the 29th, which means the only days you need to book off from work is the 30th and 31st of August and the 1st and 2nd of September for a total of nine days away from the desk.

With some clever planning and the use of two weekends, you have plenty of time for some family time or simply relaxing in the late summer sun.


Arguably the best of the lot, not until right at the end of the year, which can only mean one thing – it’s Christmas time! Now, you might not want to think about the festivities of Santa Claus after only just getting over the last one, but when it comes around, you will wish you took the time sooner.

Avoid tiptoeing around the boss as the 25th approaches, book now whilst you can! All you need to do is book off the 28th, 29th and 30th of December, that’s it. Three days. We know!

By booking off only three days, you can have a total of eight days off including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and all the days in between. What a treat!

That’s it, 54 days off with only 22 days of annual leave, all with just a little bit of planning.

We hope this will help the majority, however, this hack will only work if you're not contracted to work on Bank Holidays or weekends.

So get ahead of the game, and make the most of your time off in 2022!

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