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Annual leave 2024: how to maximise your time off this year

Annual leave 2024: how to maximise your time off this year

Oh that feeling when you’ve got a brand new calendar, ready to fill with excitement. Twelve expansive blank pages for dreaming up trips, projects - and plan your time off in 2024.

Here's EXACTLY how to get 49 days off work by taking 21 days of annual leave in 2024.

With a bit of creative scheduling (yes, there’s such a thing) you can take advantage of bank holidays to give yourself some lovely big chunks of time off work. 

Once Upon a Tuesday was started on a quest to take a step back, prioritise friendships, honour them. Celebrate more. Dance more. Because no matter how much you love your work, we believe having adequate time to rest and play can make you a happier, more productive (and fun) person to be around. And anyway, what’s the point in working hard if you can’t take time to enjoy life with family and friends too right?

So, would you like to know how to double your holiday allowance for adventuring or relaxing next year using your standard annual leave? 

Here are the days you need to take off to maximise your annual leave in 2024:

January: New Year Bank Holiday

Start the year off with some chill time and keep your Out of Office on for a bit longer. Take 4 days leave and get 9 days off.

Book off:

Tuesday 4th January 
Wednesday 5th January
Thursday 6th January
Friday 5th January

March - April: Easter Break

Get ten whole days to sample all the available types of mini eggs by using only four days of your holiday allowance.

Or, if your looking for a longer break in 2024 -  use eight days of your holiday allowance for sixteen days off.

Book off:

Monday 25th March
Tuesday 26th March
Wednesday 27th March
Thursday 28th March

Tuesday 2nd April
Wednesday 3rd April
Thursday 4th April
Friday 5th April

May: May Bank Holidays

As the summer sun starts to return, so do the bank holiday weekends. This gives you not one, but two chances to have a nine-day break from video calls to wander unfamiliar cities, climb a mountain or test out your new beach towel.

Early may Bank Holiday:

Book off:

Tuesday 7th May
Wednesday 8th May
Thursday 9th May
Friday 10th May

Late May Bank Holiday:

Book off:

Tuesday 28th May
Wednesday 29th May
Thursday 30th May
Friday 31st May

August: Late Summer Bank Holiday

Towards the end of summer, there’s another chance of a nine-day holiday using four days of annual leave. Start working on your out-of-office message now.

Book off:

Tuesday 27th August
Wednesday 28th August
Thursday 29th August
Friday 30th August

December: Christmas and New Year Break

As Christmas comes around, book six days off and get twelve to enjoy all the festivities, leave work on Friday 21st December and return on January 2nd. That’s enough time to love the return of mince pies and mulled wine to not wanting to see, taste or smell them ever again.

Book off:

Monday 23rd December
Tuesday 24th December

Friday 27th December

Monday 30th December
Tuesday 31st December


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*Please note - all dates correct at time of writing. Please double check for any updates to UK bank holidays, which can be found on the government website here.

Get the most out of Annual Leave in 2024