How to Double your Days off: transform 20 leave days into over 40 in 2024!

Unlocking the magic of annual leave

Picture this, you have 20 days of annual leave, but with a little strategic planning, you can transform that into more than 40+ days off. It might sound like a magical trick, but it’s a reality for employees in Australia. In this blog article, we’ll reveal the secret to this incredible annual leave hack that promises extended vacations and a healthier work-life balance. Are you in for less work and more play?

The leave escape plan

How does it work?

It’s all about timing. By aligning your annual leave with public holidays and weekends, you can enjoy significantly more time away from work without using extra leave days.

Let’s break it down by state:

 

New South Wales

January 2024: Start the year right

In January, strategically use your leave from January 22 to 25 to extend your break from January 20 to January 29. That’s 9 days off for just 4 leave days. Start the year with an extended holiday!

April 2024: The Easter leave show!

It’s time to check-in and hop into an Easter vay-cay! Combine leave days from March 25 to 28 and April 2 to 5 to create a whopping 16 days off during the Easter season. Your ultimate vacation awaits, with ample time for relaxation and exploration.

October 2024: Spring delight

In October, you can enjoy a break around Labour Day. Take annual leave from October 8 to 11 and relish a 9-day escape from October 5 to October 13. It’s the perfect opportunity to soak in the beauty of spring. 

December 2024: Festive vay-cay spirit

The holiday season is the ideal time to maximise your leave. For a festive break, use annual leave days from December 23, 24, 27, 30, and 31. This results in a remarkable 12-day break from December 21 to January 1, allowing you to cherish the holidays and welcome the new year with open arms.

Total annual leave days used: 20 days

Total days off: 46 days (9 + 16 + 9 + 12)

 

Victoria

January 2024: A New Year's Resolution

Just like in New South Wales, kickstart the year with a well-deserved break. Take your annual leave from January 22 to 25, and you’ll enjoy an extended vacation from January 20 to January 29, giving you 9 days of relaxation.

April 2024: A celebration of Easter

Easter in Victoria offers a fantastic opportunity to extend your leave. Combine your leave days from March 25 to 28 and April 2 to 5 to unlock a splendid 16-day holiday from March 23 to April 7. It’s an Easter celebration you won’t want to miss.

September 2024: Footy Fever

The Friday before the AFL Grand Final, while the exact date is not yet set, you can plan an extended break. Take annual leave for the four days following the public holiday, and, assuming the public holiday falls on September 27, you’ll enjoy an incredible 9-day getaway from September 21 to the 29th, perfect for soaking up the footy fever. Kicking goals for 9 days! 

November 2024: Melbourne Cup magic leave mile

Victoria’s Melbourne Cup is a celebrated event, and you can make the most of it. Use your leave from November 4, 6, 7, and 8 to craft a memorable 9-day break from November 2 to November 10. It’s your chance to enjoy the Melbourne Cup magic and more. We think that’s a winner for sure! 

Total annual leave days used: 20 days

Total days off: 43 days (9 + 16 + 9 + 9)

 

Australian Capital Territory

January 2024: A New Year's Resolution

In the Australian Capital Territory, you can commence the year with a rejuvenating break. Allocate your annual leave from January 22 to 25 and experience an extended holiday from January 20 to January 29, a total of 9 days off.

April 2024: A festival of Easter festivities

Easter provides another excellent opportunity for extended leave in the Australian Capital Territory. Make use of your leave from March 25 to 28 and April 2 to 5 to craft a memorable 16-day holiday from March 23 to April 7. It’s the kind of celebration you won’t want to miss.

May 2024: Reconciliation Day retreat

In May, enjoy a break around Reconciliation Day. Take your annual leave from May 28 to 31 to enjoy a 9-day getaway from May 25 to June 2, a perfect time for reflection and relaxation.

October 2024: Labour Day leisure

October’s Labour Day provides another chance for an extended vacation. Use your annual leave from October 8 to 11 to create a 9-day escape from October 5 to October 13, providing the perfect opportunity to unwind and explore.

Total annual leave days used: 20 days

Total days off: 43 days (9 + 16 + 9 + 9)

  

Northern Territory

January 2024: Get the year off to a great start

In the Northern Territory, begin the year with an extended vacation. Take your annual leave from January 22 to 25 to enjoy a 9-day break from January 20 to January 28, offering the perfect opportunity to relax and recharge.

April 2024: Taking Easter to the next level

For an elaborate Easter celebration, use your leave days from March 25 to 28 and April 2 to 5. This results in a magnificent 16-day holiday from March 23 to April 7, allowing you to make the most of the Easter season

May 2024: May Day getaway

Celebrate May Day with an extended break. Allocate your leave from May 7 to 10, creating a 9-day getaway from May 4 to May 12. It’s an excellent time to embrace the May Day festivities.

August 2024: Picnic day pleasure

August’s Picnic Day is the perfect occasion for a longer break. Take your annual leave from August 6 to 9, resulting in a 9-day escape from August 3 to August 11, providing ample time for picnics and relaxation.

Total annual leave days used: 20 days

Total days off: 43 days (9 + 16 + 9 + 9) 

 

South Australia

January 2024: Make the most of the new year

Commence the year with an extended break in South Australia. Use your annual leave from January 22 to 25 to create a 9-day vacation from January 20 to January 28, offering the perfect start to the year.

March 2024: Adelaide Cup break

In March, Adelaide Cup Day provides an excellent opportunity for an extended break. Allocate your annual leave from March 12 to 15 to enjoy a 9-day holiday from March 9 to March 17, the ideal time to immerse yourself in the festivities.

April 2024: Easter fun

Easter is another fantastic time to extend your leave. Take your leave days from March 25 to 28 and April 2 to 5 to create a spectacular 16-day holiday from March 23 to April 7, ensuring a memorable Easter celebration.

October 2024: Labour Day Leisure

October’s Labour Day offers another chance for an extended getaway. Use your annual leave from October 8 to 11 to craft a 9-day escape from October 5 to October 13, providing the perfect opportunity to unwind and explore.

Total annual leave days used: 20 days

Total days off: 43 days (9 + 16 + 9 + 9)

 

Tasmania

January 2024: Kickstart the year with a 9-day break!

In January, the perfect time for a holiday, use your annual leave from January 22 to 25. This will result in a 9-day break from January 20 to January 28, giving you ample time to relax and explore.

February 2024: Royal Hobart Regatta retreat

In February, celebrate the Royal Hobart Regatta with an extended break. Take your annual leave from February 13 to 16, creating a 9-day getaway from February 10 to February 18. It’s a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the festivities and more.

April 2024: Easter escape

Easter is another chance to maximise your leave in Tasmania. Use your annual leave from March 25 to 28 and April 2 to 5 to craft a 16-day holiday from March 23 to April 7, ensuring you make the most of the Easter season.

November 2024: Stress-free Recreation Day

In November, enjoy an extended break around Recreation Day. Take your annual leave from November 5 to 8 to create a 9-day break from November 2 to November 10, providing you with ample time to unwind and explore.

Total annual leave days used: 20 days

Total days off: 43 days (9 + 16 + 9 + 9)

 

Western Australia

January 2024: New Year, New You

Just like in other states, kickstart the year with an extended break. Use your annual leave from January 22 to 25 to enjoy a 9-day vacation from January 20 to January 28, offering the perfect start to the year.

April 2024: The holidays are here!

For Easter, take your annual leave from March 25 to 28 and April 2 to 5. This results in a magnificent 16-day holiday from March 23 to April 7, allowing you to make the most of the Easter season.

June 2024: Western Australia Day wonder

In June, celebrate Western Australia Day with an extended break. Allocate your annual leave from June 4 to 7, creating a 9-day getaway from June 1 to June 9, perfect for exploring and enjoying the day’s festivities.

September 2024: King's Birthday Celebration

September’s King’s Birthday offers another opportunity for an extended vacation. Use your annual leave from September 24 to 27 to craft a 9-day escape from September 21 to September 29, providing you with ample time to celebrate. Thank you, your highness! 

Total annual leave days used: 20 days

Total days off: 43 days (9 + 16 + 9 + 9)

 

Queensland

January 2024: Let's get the leave party started!

In Queensland, you can kick off the year with an extended holiday. Taking advantage of your annual leave from January 22 to 25, which translates into a 9-day break from January 20 to January 28, providing the ideal opportunity to unwind and recharge.

April 2024: Easter bash by far

Easter is a fantastic time to maximise your leave. Take your annual leave from March 25 to 28 and April 2 to 5 to create a remarkable 16-day holiday from March 23 to April 7, ensuring you make the most of the Easter season.

August 2024: The ekka reaches extremes

In August, the Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) presents a golden opportunity for a longer break. You can use your annual leave from August 12 to 16 to craft a 9-day escape from August 10 to August 18, offering the perfect time to enjoy the show and more.

October 2024: Labour Day leisure

October’s Labour Day offers another chance for an extended getaway. Take your annual leave from October 8 to 11, resulting in a 9-day break from October 5 to October 13, providing ample time to relax and explore.

Total annual leave days used: 20 days

Total days off: 43 days (9 + 16 + 9 + 9)

 

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