The secret to doubling your four weeks of annual leave

We all know how draining the nine to five grind can be, and four weeks off a year are hardly enough to get through it.

But what if you could turn your 20 days of annual leave into a whopping 43 days off?

Believe it or not, it can easily be done if you get strategic about when you take your annual leave days.

This hack will help you double your holidays. Photo: Getty

Serious sun seekers will already be doing this in some form or another, but Contiki have just put together a calendar showing how to optimise the public holidays and weekends so you get the maximum number of days off in a row.

So for example, if you want to take one last holiday before the chilly autumn weather truly sets in, you could take eight days of annual leave around Easter and turn it into 16 days off.

Likewise at Christmas next year, you can book the 24th, 27th and 28th of December off as three days of annual leave, but actually enjoy the nine days from the 22nd to the 30th off.

Depending on what state you live in, you may have a couple more public holiday days to add, like the Melbourne Cup holiday in Victoria, and Canberra and Reconciliation Day in the ACT.

Of course, if you’re in a line of work where weekends and public holidays are work days, this unfortunately won’t be for you.

But for the rest of us out there, it’s time to get booking for 2018!

Give it a try next year. Photo: Getty

Got a story tip? Send it to

Want more celebrity, entertainment and lifestyle news? Follow Be on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram

Back To Top