Your number of days of paid leave can sound like a lot in theory, but when you actually sit down to plan all the trips you’d like to take, that number feels like a lot less. Your bucket list is probably filled with destinations and adventures you’d like to have, but when are you going to find the time to take them? Plus, it would be nice to have a few days off to just rest as well!
Well, we’re to help. We’ve looked at all the bank holidays in 2022 and created a plan to maximise your paid leave so that you have the time to take proper trips. We’ll make sure that you don’t run out of paid leave just yet. So here are all of the upcoming bank holidays in 2022 and how you can use them to your advantage.
Easter Bank Holiday
This year, Easter falls on the 15th to the 18th of April. This means that you already have Friday to Monday off, which is four days that don’t use up your holiday time. However, if you’re looking for a more extended getaway, perhaps a road trip in Scotland, then you can take one extra day around this and enjoy five days for your trip.
So right away, you’ve got five days of holiday from one official day of leave.
May Bank Holiday
This 2022 bank holiday isn’t ideal for a trip and would require more of your holiday time from work. But if you’re looking for a time to travel when the roads aren’t as busy as during Easter, then this might be perfect. The 2nd of May is a bank holiday which gives you Monday off. So celebrate May Day by heading into nature for a little getaway.
Since it’s coupled on the weekend, you’ve already got three days off work. By taking off Friday the 29th of April or Tuesday the 3rd of May, you’ve got a four-day weekend to take a motorhome holiday. This would require just one day of your paid leave. Or you can take two days to really get away properly!
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
Now this is really the jackpot for a long weekend! Thursday the 2nd of June is listed as a Late May Bank Holiday, and Friday the 3rd of June is Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. This means that you’ve got the 2nd of June until the 4th of June off from work! That’s four days to take a road trip with your partner or go camping with your kids.
But I recommend really taking advantage of this rare opportunity. Because if you take Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday off, then you’ve got a full nine days of holiday out of three days of paid leave! That’s more than double! With nine days, you could take the ferry to France or the Netherlands, or you could head to Ireland for a road trip. The options are endless, and you’ve still got plenty of extra paid leave.
Keep in mind that this will likely be a very busy time to travel! So you should book your campsites ahead of time and leave early to avoid traffic.
The August Bank Holiday
This is one of my favourite days off as it comes right at the end of summer. You think that the holiday time is over, the sunshine will soon be gone, and you don’t have much to look forward to until Christmas. Then out of nowhere… a day off!
The August Bank Holiday falls on the 29th of August 2022. This gives you a three-day weekend, which is enough time for a staycation camping trip! But I’d recommend either taking Friday the 26th of August or Tuesday the 30th as paid leave. This will give you a nice long period to really rest after summer. Those days will also be less busy on the roads than the bank holiday itself.
Suppose you have the flexibility to travel outside of school holidays, aim to take your days off on this week after the August Bank Holiday. Many people are restricted to travelling in the peak season, so employers often appreciate when people take their time off outside of this period. It might win you some brownie points!
In 2022, Christmas falls on a Sunday again, so we’ll get a different day off in return. The official bank holidays for this period are the 26th of December and the 27th of December. That means right away you could take a four-day trip to see your family and loved ones. Then, if you’ve got some paid leave left, take the remaining three days of the week and enjoy a nine-day holiday out of three holiday days! With that kind of time, you could even jet off somewhere sunny for Christmas or go skiing with a motorhome.
And there you have it! Depending on which bank holidays you use, you should still end up with at least two weeks of paid leave to use whenever you’d like. So what will you do with all of this time off?