How to More Than Double Your 2021 Annual Leave with a Few Clever Leave Requests

So, 2020 was kind of a bust. BUT… 2021 is just around the corner and it’s gotta be better than this year, right?? Especially if you act early and book your 2021 annual leave now.

Book the right days off and you can turn your four week annual leave into 48 glorious days away from the office. For anyone playing at home, that’s more than double the standard 20-day annual leave amount. Of course, this little trick only works if you don’t work public holidays (sorry, hospitality industry!).

Instant Group did the data checking for us and here are the dates to make it happen.

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Annual leave 2021 – Which days to book off

December 29, 30 and 31 2020 (three days annual leave)

Do this and you can get a 10-day break – December 25th to January 3rd. After all, December 25th, 26th and January 1st are all public holidays.

January 25, 27, 28 and 29 2021 (four days annual leave)

Because January 26th is a public holiday, you can get a nine-day break by booking off the Monday before the 26th and the three days after. You’ll have January 23rd to 31st off. Fingers crossed by then we can travel, interstate at least!

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April 6, 7, 8 and 9 (four days annual leave)

In April, you’ll get a 10-day break – April 2nd to 11th by taking annual leave for four days around Easter. Helloooo extra long camping trip.

April 27, 28, 29 and 30 (four days annual leave)

Plan for the end of the month too and get another nine days off – April 24th to May 2nd by taking advantage of the Anzac Day holiday.

December 29, 30 and 31 (three days annual leave)

Look ahead to next Christmas, where we may actually be able to SEE our extended families, now and you will get another 10-day-break at the end of the year (December 25th to January 2nd), if you book just three more days off annual leave.

More holidays to work in

There are more public holidays to play with too but these vary from state to state. The Queen’s Birthday, Show Days, Footy Finals. 

2021 is looking good already. But, after the year we’ve just endured, ANYTHING is looking better than 2020.

While we’re not out of the 2020 grave just yet, fingers crossed 2021 will bring fewer restrictions and more reunions with our loved ones and our favourite holiday destinations. Cause, I, for one, am missing my babysitters parents AND being day drunk on a beach in Vanuatu. #BringOn2021

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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