Why? Because we can make sure you turn 17 of your designated 20 days off into 42 blissful days of annual leave.
All you have to do is think a little bit strategically and follow these plans.
Step One: Sort out your public holidays
For the sake of this example, I’m going to use NSW public holidays. But don’t stress too much — state by state, the fundamentals are the same and it will only change really minor details about what dates you’ll need to book in.
For 2017, these are the NSW public holidays:
- Sunday, 1 January
- Monday, 2 January
- Thursday, 26 January
- Friday, 14 April
- Saturday, 15 April
- Sunday, 16 April
- Monday, 17 April
- Tuesday, 25 April
- Monday, 12 June
- Monday, 7 August
- Monday, 2 October
- Monday, 25 December
- Tuesday, 26 December
We won’t be using every single one of this public holidays to sort out our leave, but we’ll be using most.
Step Two: Plan your holidays around these days
Naturally, we’re going to start in January. In 2017, Australia Day will fall on Thursday, the 26th of January. All you have to do is take a day either side of that Thursday and you’ve got yourself a five day break.
It should look a little something like this:
Total leave taken = 2 days.
Total break = 5 days.
April gives us a heap to work with because of Easter, of course. And next year, just a week after Easter falls ANZAC Day, which gives us a nice break to work with.
Ideally, this should give you a 12 day break.
Let's have a look at how it can look.