The year of 2020 didn’t turn out the way anyone expected, especially in terms of going away on holiday.

And with the last bank holiday before Christmas done and dusted, you might be wanting to plan ahead for the next year – hoping it will be better.

But before you try to make up for it by planning for 2021, you should continue reading.

By being strategic with the days you book off for next year, you can get 48 days off for the price of 19.

The team at Instant Offices has worked out exactly which days you need to book as annual leave.

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There is a way to maximise your holiday in 2021

The firm said in a statement: “After a challenging and disruptive year, the need for a healthy work-life balance is crucial more than ever to protect ourselves from burnout by taking regular breaks.

“And chances are, we’re overdue for a break! While working from home is certainly a change from the norm, it’s not the same as taking time off, and has not necessarily improved work-life balance for most Brits.”

In order for this plan to work, you need to work a standard working week, and get bank holidays off.

If this is the case, you can combine the public holidays with your annual leave to get big chunks of time off.

Here are the 18 days you need to book off in 2021:

  • 1 January – 9 January: Take a 10-day holiday by booking 4 days off
  • 2 April – 11 April: Take a 10-day holiday by booking 4 days off
  • 1 May – 9 May: Take a 9-day holiday by booking 4 days off or
  • 29 May – 6 June: Take a 9-day holiday by booking 4 days off
  • 28 August – 6 September: Take a 9-day holiday by booking 4 days off
  • 23 December – 3 January: Take a 10-day holiday by booking 3 days off