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2022 travel: Here’s how to get 56 days of holiday with just 22 days of annual leave 

A luxury overwater bungalow

Whether you’re dreaming of relaxing in a sun-soaked resort, finally planning the bucket list trip you’ve always wanted, or are looking to take advantage of the fantastic luxury travel sales on right now, there’s no better time than the present to plan ahead and set your 2022 up for maximum adventures. 

The secret to doing that is to using your annual leave like a pro traveller. Even though you may have the same number of days of holiday as your colleagues, you can spend even more days on luxury travel and indulgent staycations. How? By tactically booking those days now around the Bank Holidays you’ll also get to enjoy maximum time off throughout the year. Plus, this year Brits will also get a bonus national holiday to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, which will fall on 3 June 2022.

METT Hotel & Beach Resort Marbella-Estepona pool area
Where will 2022 take you? Pictured: the new luxury METT Hotel & Beach Resort Marbella-Estepona, opening in July

With that in mind, here’s exactly how to organise your annual leave for maximum time off in 2022. Book it off now, and your future self will thank you (perhaps from a yacht or an overwater bungalow, or a safari lodge…) 

January 2022: Book 4 days of leave for 9 days off work

3 January is a Bank Holiday. Book 4, 5, 6, 7 January off. Then, including weekends, you’ll get 1 to 9 January off in total. 

April 2022: Book 4 days of leave for 10 days off work

15 April and 18 April are Bank Holidays. Book off 19, 20, 21, 22 April and, including weekends, you’ll be off work from 15 to 24 April.

Early May 2022: Book 4 days of leave for 9 days off work 

2 May is a Bank Holiday. Book off 3, 4, 5, 6 May and including weekends, you’ll be off work from 30 April to 8 May.

Late May/early June 2022: Book 3 days of leave for 9 days off work

2 and 3 June are Bank Holidays. Book off 30 & 31 May and 1 June, and including weekends, you’ll be off work from 28 May to 5 June. 

Late August/early September 2022: Book 4 days of leave for 9 days off work

29 August is a Bank Holiday. Book off 30 & 31 August, 1 & 2 September, and including weekends, you’ll be off work from 27 August to 4 September. 

December 2022: Book 3 days of leave for 10 days off work

26 and 27 December are Bank Holidays. Book off  28, 29 and 30 December, and including weekends, you’ll be off work from 24 December to 2 Jan 2023. Then it’s time to do it all over again! 

With all those days off, you’ll have time for plenty of incredible luxury and long-haul trips in 2022. Check out some of our favourite upcoming travel picks, here… 

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