When you should take your holiday in 2019

As a full-time worker – and now part-time masters student – national holidays and my free time has never been more important to get that work-life balance. Here’s where and when I’m taking my holidays in 2019 to make the most of my basic holiday entitlement.

For context, I work Monday to Friday and have twenty days plus national holidays leave entitlement. My holiday entitlement runs from 1st April to 31st March, therefore my 2019 holidays take place from April onwards.

I’ll begin with the national holidays, since this is going to be the most important time off for you to capitalise on your holiday entitlement.

Dislcaimer: applicable to UK only and not suitable for those professions who are required to work national holidays and weekends.

National Holiday Easter Treat

Thanks to four consecutive national holidays, you can get almost one month off for less than two weeks of your holiday entitlement! But three weeks off isn’t feasible for most so there’s really two options here depending on the whether you want to use two or three weeks of your holiday entitlement.

Either way, I’d really look to take an international trip given the two to three weeks available. I had initially planned to visit Japan but you know, life, so I’ve decided (kind of) on East Coast USA.

Option one:

National holidays: 19th, 22nd April and 6th May
Dates: Friday 19th April 2019 to Monday 6th May 2019
Days off including weekends:
18
Annual leave used (days):
8
I’ll plan to return on Sunday 5th May, and use the bank holiday on Monday 6th May as a jet lag recovery day.

Option two:
National holidays:
19th, 22nd April and 6th May
Dates:
Friday 19th April 2019 to Sunday 12th May 2019
Days off including weekends:
24
Annual leave used (days):
12

National Holiday May Micro Gap

First of all you might be thinking, what’s a micro gap? Well I’ve got that covered in this article. The first of many 2019 mini gaps, Slovenia is the likely destination over the May national holiday.

As the Monday is a nationalholiday, this is the perfect opportunity for a free weekend away in terms of your holiday entitlement. Of course if you have a little more to spare, take off the Friday and make a long weekend of it. Unfortunately with a family holiday planned for 2019, it’ll be a whistle stop tour for me.

Option one:
National holiday:
Monday 27th May
Dates:
Saturday 25th to Monday 27th May 2019
Days off including weekends:
3
Annual leave used (days):
0

Option two:
National holiday:
 Monday 27th May
Dates:
Friday 24th to Monday 27th May 2019
Days off including weekends:
4
Annual leave used (days):
1

National Holiday August Affair

A long weekend endorsed by the Government? Yes please! I know the prices sky rocket over national holidays but a bit of advanced planning might keep it affordable. I’m planning to visit Disneyland Paris for a friend’s birthday.

National holiday: Monday 26th August
Dates:
Friday 23rd to Monday 26th August 2019
Days off including weekends: 4

Annual leave used (days):
1

Ringing in the New Year

If you’re one of those people who gets more than the basic holiday entitlement, you may want to think about extending this trip to Sunday 5th January and have yourself a lovely little winter break. I am not one of those people so, I’ll either travelling back on new years day – or the day after –  to account for family holidays earlier in the year, or making the use of some time owed.

Option one:
National holidays:
25th, 26th December and 1st January
Dates: Saturday 28th December 2019 to 2nd January 2020
Days off including weekends: 6
Annual leave used (days):
3

Option two:
National holidays: 25th, 26th December and 1st January
Dates: Saturday 28th December 2019 to 5th January 2020
Days off including weekends:
9
Annual leave used (days):
4

So for option one, that whittles it down to 12 days of holiday entitlement, with 8 days remaining to do as you wish. If you’re keen to travel and have the budget to do so, I’d recommend taking four long weekends from Friday to Monday throughout the rest of the year to feel like you’re a true jet setter. Or you may wish to go all out on some summer sun, the choice is yours!

For option two, that whittles it down to 18 days of holiday entitlement, with 2 days remaining to do as you wish. Of course if you have a great allowance than happy days. You may want to keep these days for a rainy day, or book a couple of Micro Gaps in the time between trips.

I hope you found this useful, I appreciate that this reliant on having both the time and budget to action these but for me as a millennial, this is how it works for me.

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