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How to Maximise Your Annual Leave Days for Travel

How to Maximise Your Annual Leave Days for Travel

Contributed by @MoveWithDoyin

We all know that working full-time and trying to secure time off can be a job in itself! Many have asked how I managed to visit fourteen destinations last year with only twenty-five annual leave days. In this post, I'll be sharing tips on how I've maximised my travels while working full-time with limited days off.

One of my cheeky weekend trips away in Milan, Italy

One of my cheeky weekend trips away in Milan, Italy

1. Weekends Are Also Days Off...

 Not just sleep days!

 Who doesn’t love a weekend lie-in? But if you really want to maximise your limited holiday days and travel often you need to be making the most of the weekends.

Don’t buy into the constant hype of travelling out of the continent. Rent a car, take a coach or get the train to a nearby city and simply spend a day exploring that city.

I regularly check for weekend offers with Eurostar who offer flash deals to European destinations from £25. National Express also offer online exclusives from £5 to 100s of UK destinations.

To secure these super cheap offers, it’s recommended to book in advance and plan our your holidays! 

Palm Springs, California 2016

Palm Springs, California 2016

2. Plan Your Holidays

We all know planning well in advance corresponds with cheaper flights and accommodation so make the most of being an early bird.

You are more likely to get your preferred days off at work if you block out days well in advance. I literally planned out my two week trip to California last April a year in advance (eager right!)

 3. The 3 Or 4 Day Weekend!

This is the best way to keep those annual leave days stacked up at work. Travelling on a Thursday night or Friday morning gives you four whole travel days while only taking two days off work.

Travelling on a Thursday is also extremely cheaper than jetting off on a Friday or Saturday!

FYI, remember to utilise public holidays (Bank Holidays). They are literally FREE days off.

Happily abusing the 4 day Weekend in Reykjavik, Iceland

Happily abusing the 4 day Weekend in Reykjavik, Iceland

 4. Travel While On Work Trips

First of all, you do not have to be the managing director or even work for a major corporation to experience work-travel. If you enjoy travelling inform your manager and be at the forefront of opportunities that involve working abroad. Never be afraid to ask your boss about work related travel.

For the fortunate few, if travelling is a frequent part of your job, try to extend your abroad assignments and spend a week or so on holiday. When I went to Philadelphia on a work trip, I extended my stay and went to New York for a week. I managed to avoid incurring additional costs for the New York trip as the return flight was included in my trip expenses.

 5. Travel While on Your Travels

Already in Copenhagen, Denmark? Why not head south and get a train to Stockholm, Sweden. Intercity train travelling is an excellent way to see another city, and it’s surrounding.

It’s also more cost effective than purchasing a flight fare from your home destination.

Exploring Downtown Philly

Exploring Downtown Philly

6. Go SOLO

You are in charge of how many days you want to take off, and it’s often the case that you see more of a city when you go solo.

Don’t dismiss solo travelling before you try it! Fellow contributor @TeeXCI has written a couple of posts to help- she's the solo travel queen! Check them out.

Thanks for reading, I hope you found the tips useful.

 Doyin

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