Maximising your time off is something of an art form, requiring tactical thinking, some strategic sweet talking to HR and probably an innocent smile on your face when your boss finally signs off on it.

However, by taking advantage of the freakishly advantageous way next year’s bank holidays fall and shot-gunning some key dates early, it’s actually possible to supersize your annual leave in 2019, turning the standard 25 days holiday into a whopping 55 days of holiday, not to mention opening the door to some incredible adventures.

Here’s how to do it, along with a few adventurous ways to spend it.

APRIL

Take 8 days annual leave around the Easter bank holidays and get 16 consecutive days off work.

 

Days away from the office: Saturday 13th April – Sunday 28th April

Days to book off work: Monday 15th April – Thursday 18th April and Tuesday 23rd April – Friday 26th April

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Squeeze in: Trek the Annapurna Route. Dates: Sunday 14th April – Saturday 27th April

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Squeeze in: Torres del Paine and Fitzroy Trekking Combo. Dates: Tuesday 16th April – Sunday 28th April

 

MAY

Take 4 days annual leave after the early May bank holiday and get 9 consecutive days off work.

 

 

Days away from the office: Saturday 4th May – Sunday 12th May

Days to book off work: Tuesday 7th May – Friday 10th May

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Squeeze in: Kayak the Hidden Caves of Corsica. Dates: Sunday 5th May – Saturday 11th May

Squeeze in: Explore the Best of Oman. Dates: Saturday 4th – Sunday 12th May

Read: 5 Reasons Why Weekend Adventures Are a Much Better Use of Your Annual Leave

MAY

Take 4 days annual leave after the late May bank holiday and get 9 consecutive days off work.

 

Days away from the office: Saturday 25th May – Sunday 2nd June

Days to book off work: Tuesday 28th May – Friday 31th May

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Squeeze in: Trek the Republic of Georgia in Seven Days. Dates: Sunday 26th May – Sunday 2nd June

 

AUGUST

Take 4 days annual leave after the August bank holiday and get 9 days off work.

 

Days away from the office: Saturday 24th August – Sunday 1st September

Days to book off work: Tuesday 27th August – Friday 30th August

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Squeeze in: Trek the Via Dinarica Trail from Croatia to Bosnia. Dates: Saturday 24th August – Saturday 31st August

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Squeeze in: Hike, Raft and Explore Bosnia and Montenegro. Dates: Saturday 24th August – Friday 30th August

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Squeeze in: Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. Dates: Saturday 24th August – Saturday 31st August

 

DECEMBER

Take 5 days annual leave around the Christmas holidays and get 12 days off work.

 

Days away from the office: Saturday 21st December – Wednesday 1st January

Days to book off work: Monday 23th December – Tuesday 24th December, then Friday 27th, Monday 30th & Tuesday 31st.

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Squeeze in: Langtang Valley Trek, Nepal. Dates: Sunday 22nd December – Wednesday 1st January 2020

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Squeeze in: Untouched Torres del Paine. Dates: Saturday 21st December – Sunday 29th December

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Squeeze in: Conquer Mount Kilimanjaro and Tanzanian Game Safari. Dates: Saturday 21st December – Tuesday 31st December 2019

 

Or you could just stay in the pub and watch as your work colleagues make the most of their time off. However, if its adventure you’re after, discover our hand-crafted trips with only the best local guides and hosts.