HOLIDAY HACK: How to double your annual leave days in 2022

With most Aussies now back in the office after the Christmas break, there’s just one thing to do, start booking your annual leave for 2022.

This year will be the year that we can finally start to enjoy longer interstate and international holidays. So, if you want to take a substantial trip to New Zealand and a few city breaks this year you can.

The best way to extend your leave is by combining existing public holidays with weekends and annual leave.

If you live in ACT, Victoria, or Tasmania you can turn 20 days annual leave into 58 days of holidays. Anyone living in WA, NT, or SA can look forward to 55 days off. And NSW comes in last with 52 days off (that’s still a lot if you ask us).

Strategise your 2022 annual leave to turn 20 days into 52 days of holidays. Image: Canva

Australia Day

Australia Day falls on Wednesday 26 January. Book your annual leave on 24, 25, 27 and 28 January and take advantage of the weekends to bag yourself a nine-day holiday.

A road trip along the Legendary Pacific coast from Sydney to Brisbane is a perfect fit for this break. Take in the lofty sand dunes of Port Stephens, the uncrowded shores of the Coffs Coast and the sparkling beaches of Byron Bay.

  • Saturday 22 January 22: Weekend
  • Sunday 23 January 23: Weekend
  • Monday 24 January: Annual leave
  • Tuesday 25 January: Annual leave
  • Wednesday 26 January: Australia Day public holiday
  • Thursday 27 January: Annual leave
  • Friday 28 January: Annual leave
  • Saturday 29 January: Weekend
  • Sunday 30 January: Weekend

Easter/Anzac Day

Play your cards right, to score yourself a 26-day vacay over the Easter and Anzac Day public holidays.

That’s enough time to book an international holiday to explore Ireland’s Ancient East or to Fiji’s Yaswa Islands.

All you have to do is take 12 days of annual leave. It will look a little something like this.

  • Saturday 9 April : Weekend
  • Sunday 10 April: Weekend
  • Monday 11 April: Annual leave
  • Tuesday 12 April: Annual leave
  • Wednesday 13 April: Annual leave
  • Thursday 14 April: Annual leave
  • Friday April 15: Good Friday public holiday
  • Saturday April 16: Weekend
  • Sunday April 17: Easter Sunday (weekend)
  • Monday April 18: Easter Sunday public holiday
  • Tuesday April 19: Annual leave (Tasmanians get this as a public holiday)
  • Wednesday April 20: Annual leave
  • Thursday April 21: Annual leave
  • Friday April 22: Annual leave
  • Saturday April 23: Weekend
  • Sunday April 24: Weekend
  • Monday April 25: ANZAC Day
  • Tuesday April 26: Annual leave
  • Wednesday April 27: Annual leave
  • Thursday April 28: Annual leave
  • Friday April 29: Annual leave
  • Saturday April 30: Weekend
  • Sunday May 1: Weekend

If you can’t bag yourself the entire 23-day run then just book your annual leave from 19 to 22 April and again from 26 to 29 April and you’ll still get 17 days off.

Play your 2022 annual leave right and you find yourself in Fiji for three weeks. Image: Canva

Queen’s Birthday

Use just one day of annual leave to get a four-day holiday. A quick break to give you a mid-year refresh.

We suggest a short city-break to Oval Hotel Adelaide or book a trip to Sydney to catch Vivid’s spectacular light installations.

  • Friday 10 June: Annual leave
  • Saturday 11 June: Weekend
  • Sunday 12 June: Weekend
  • Monday 13 June: Queen’s Birthday public holiday

Labour Day

No need to waste a day of annual leave here when you already have three days off. Another quick city break or coastal getaway will be a treat.

  • Saturday 1 October: Weekend
  • Sunday 2 October: Weekend
  • Monday 3: October: Labour Day public holiday

Christmas/New Year 2023

Get really organised and sort your 2022 Christmas holidays now, three days of annual leave will score you a 10-day break to eat, drink and be merry.

  • Saturday 24 December: Weekend
  • Sunday 25 December 25: Christmas day (weekend)
  • Monday 26 December: Boxing Day public holiday
  • Tuesday 27 December 27: Christmas Day public holiday
  • Wednesday 28 December: Annual leave
  • Thursday 29 December: Annual leave
  • Friday 30 December: Annual leave
  • Saturday 31 January 2022: Weekend (New Year’s Day)
  • Sunday 1 January 2023: Weekend
  • Monday 2 January 2023: New Year’s Day public holiday

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