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    How to turn 9 days annual leave into 18 days off work

    How to turn 9 days annual leave into 18 days off work

    Is working the 9-5, Monday – Friday getting a bit too much? Do you feel like you could use a long break away? Well, Easter is the time to do it! Book nine days of annual leave off and get a whopping 18 consecutive days off (including weekends) to enjoy on a relaxing getaway. Interested? We would be too…

    2019 is the year that just keeps on giving, especially when it comes to the April and May bank holidays. Booking annual leave from work between Easter Monday and May Day gives you the long break off you’ve been wishing for. Of course, this may not work for everyone (depending on your work schedule and hours), but it generally works well for those who have a typical five-day week.

    What days do I book off?

    So, what days do you need to book off you ask? Easter falls quite late this year compared to last. Good Friday falls on 19th April and Easter Monday on 22nd April, whilst May Day is on 6th May. If you book nine days off of work between 23rd April and 3rd May, you’ll get a full 18 days off altogether.

    You know what that means right? Easter is the perfect time to book a holiday abroad! With 18 days off, there’s plenty of places you could go and explore. From sweet short haul escapes to exotic long-haul destinations. Here’s just a sprinkle of inspiration…

    Short-haul holidays

    If you fancy travelling somewhere close to home, the sun will be shining in a number of places.

    Cyprus

    An island paradise in the middle of the Mediterranean, Cyprus enjoys sunny weather and sandy beaches, so you can’t go wrong. On top of that, you get to taste the delicious Cypriot cuisine which has been heavily influenced by the Greeks and the Middle East.

    But you don’t have to be strictly sunning it up in Cyprus. With 18 days on the island, there is plenty to explore. From UNESCO Heritage Sites like Paphos to significant mythological sights like Petra tou Romiou. Kato Paphos Archaeological Park is always an interesting stop off. Roman ruins including tombs and fortresses occupy this park, transporting you back in time. Plus, you’ll still have enough time to head to the popular Nissi Beach for a relaxing swim in the sea.

    Cyprus

    Majorca

    Another Mediterranean favourite is Majorca which lies within the Spanish Balearic Islands. The island experiences pleasant temperatures during Easter and offers a flawless blend of sightseeing and peaceful beach holidays. Stay in stunning resorts ranging from Alcudia to Cala d’Or. Or go all out and visit lively Magaluf or exciting Palma Nova.

    Majorca has long consolidated itself as a family favourite thanks to its clear, shallow waters and top theme parks like Katmandu. Palma Aquarium is always a fun day out with the little ones too! Majorca holidays also offer sightseeing opportunities in the form of unique architecture and historical wonders. Whether it’s art galleries or Moorish influenced buildings, your camera should always be at the ready.

    Majorca

    Spain

    Why should you choose Spain for your 18-day getaway? Quite simply, there’s so much variety there. There’s an abundance of diverse landscapes, dozens of major sights and tons of golden shores to explore. Whether you choose Barcelona for a city break with a twist or the Costa del Sol for a few weeks to unwind, Spain is a great choice for the Easter holidays.

    Spain has a number of fascinating sights to discover. Admire the architecture of La Sagrada Familia, appreciate the intricacies and beautiful design of the Alhambra or roam the gardens of the Royal Palace of Madrid. Aside from that, the British favourite of Benidorm always provides a home away from home. Spend your days on Playa Levante and spend your evenings in a lively bar before heading back to your hotel.

    Malaga, Spain

    Other top short-haul destinations include: Portugal, the Canary Islands, Turkey and the Greek Islands

    Long-haul destinations

    When you have an exciting 18 days off work, why not explore somewhere afar?

    Mexico

    This exotic, far-flung destination is well-worth a long visit. Mexico holidays create the perfect mixture of history, culture and beach holiday. Roam the sandy shores of Cancun and Playa del Carmen and test out the calm, tranquil Caribbean waters. But when you’re looking for a dose of culture, head to Coba and explore the ruins of this ancient Mayan city. Plus, the Chichen Itza site is full of these archaeological phenomenons. These Mayan remains are most definitely a must-see during a holiday to Mexico.

    There’s loads of natural sights dotted around Mexico too, including the Ik Kil cenote. Jump in and make a splash as you’re surrounded by lush greenery and vines. Xcaret eco park also provides you with the opportunity to explore caves and snorkel around in the hope of encountering marine life.

    Mexico

    Florida

    When heading to the USA, it’s only right to choose “The Sunshine State” for Easter. With miles of coastline, it’s not hard to come by a beach around here. Florida holidays are also great for those who love the outdoors thanks to a number of citrus groves and wetlands. Everglades National Park is a popular spot for birdwatching and vast areas of wetlands with alligators.

    Of course, we can’t recommend Florida without mentioning one of its main attractions… Walt Disney World! Bring out your inner child and transform into the princess you’ve always wanted to become with a trip to the famous Disney theme parks in Orlando. When it’s time to relax and let your hair down, South Beach is the place to be. Best-known for its white sand beaches and buzzing nightlife, you’ll be sure to have a great time.

    Florida beach

    Barbados

    Barbados continues to be a popular Caribbean destination during this time and for good reason. If you’re hoping for sandy beaches backed by swaying palm trees, this is the place to be. On top of that, there are a number of natural sights to enjoy from Harrison’s Cave to the Barbados Wildlife Reserve. Top beaches include Bottom Bay, Crane Beach and Mullins Beach. Expect turquoise waters, perfect for a swim, watersports or a simple stroll along powder-white sands. Roam around the capital, Bridgetown and admire the building and historical monuments. The Barbados Museum & Historical Society offers insight into the island’s military and social history as well as art galleries.

    Whilst on a Barbados holiday, you can’t forget to join a tour of the Mount Gay Rum Distilleries for a chance of seeing rum in the making. You’ll also get to have some time for rum tasting which is always fun! Plus, no trip to the island is complete without a visit to Oistin’s Fish Fry on a Friday night. Not only will you get to try some of the best cuisine that Barbados has to offer, but the atmosphere is totally unforgettable too!

    Barbados beach at sunset

    Other top long-haul destinations include: Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Cuba and Dubai

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