2022 is here and it’s a bumper year for boosting your time away from work. If you plan it right, with this hack you can get a whopping 54 days off using just 24 days of annual leave.

With the last two years of COVID isolations and lockdowns, we’re all ready to spend a little less time away from work and on the beach, right?

Well, 2022 may just be our savior with added annual leave allowing for more us time than ever.

Boosted breaks around Easter, Christmas, as well as a bumper bank holiday weekend for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June are some of the reasons this year is set to be a holiday haven. We’d say that sounds like the perfect year to make the most of our returning Big Blue Sale offers

In this blog, we’ll tell you how to plot out your diary in an effort to make the most of the extended escapes. So you can holiday-up your diary and get your annual leave requests in before someone beats you to it. Probably Jean in accounts… we see you Jean.

First things first, though, let’s take a look at the list of bank holidays in 2022.

It’s time to start kicking back again. Make the most of your annual leave in 2022

Bank Holiday Bonanza

  • January: New Year’s Day, Monday 3rd
  • April: Good Friday, Friday 15th | Easter Monday, Monday 18th
  • May: May Day Bank Holiday, Monday 2nd
  • June: Spring Bank Holiday, Thursday 2nd | Platinum Jubliee, Friday 3rd
  • August: Summer Bank Holiday, Monday 29th
  • December: Boxing Day, Monday 26th | Christmas Day, Tuesday 27th

Make the Most of Them

Now you know the dates, how do you schedule your annual leave to maximise time off?


It may be a little late in the day for this one. However, if you didn’t fancy trudging back into the office on January 4, then booking from 4-7 off would’ve got you nine days off for the price of four. As we say, this has probably come too late for most so we won’t count it in the overall annual leave or holiday numbers. But it does serve as a good example of what we’re trying to achieve here.


Here’s where your annual leave really comes to play. You can knock out most of April and log some serious “you” time if you’re smart about taking time off around the bank holidays, as well as getting a cheeky break on the books.

Because we have double the fun in April when it comes to bank hols, you can get double the time off when you book eight days’ leave. To break it down further, get 11-14 and 19-22 April in your diary and you’ll be able to snag a decent 1o or even 14-night escape without having to surrender all your leave allocation. 

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Here’s where you make up for lost time in January. Book from 3-6 May off and you be banking nine days leave for the price of four.


The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee means we get double the bank holidays in June too. So if you book from May 30 – June 1 off you’ll get nine days off to either immerse yourself in the pomp and ceremony of what organisers are calling the “biggest event the UK has ever seen”.

On the other hand, you might like to celebrate Her Majesty by jetting off for seven nights in the sun with the family.


It’s the same deal in August in terms of time off. Book from Tuesday August 30 – September 2 and you’ll get another nine days away for the price of four. Maybe a cheeky holiday before the kids go back could be on the cards?


If you didn’t take advantage of Christmas Day falling on a weekend in 2021 then don’t worry, you’ll get another bite at that particular cherry in 2022. Book from 28 – 31 off and get another nine days away from work for four days’ leave.

Man and woman laughing in the sea with an island in the distance

It’s time to get back out there. Photo by Joey Nicotra on Unsplash

How to Spend Your Holidays

With another year laid out ahead of us and, simultaneously, another one more or less lost to COVID there’s never been a better time to get a bumper break on the books.

Use your bank holidays wisely and get some sun on your horizon in 2022. our Big Blue Sale can help with offers on awesome destinations from Mauritius to Mexico. And with our Flexible Holidays guarantee you don’t even have to worry if you need to shift your trip.

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