Here are this year's bank holidays and the days we think you should book for maximum holiday time in 2021.
The days in italics are the days we recommend booking off.
Friday 1stJanuary (bank holiday)
Saturday 2nd January
Sunday 3rd January
The New Year's Day bank holiday tags onto a weekend in 2021, making it the perfect excuse to grab a start-of-year, 3-day getaway - using zero annual leave. We suggest a remote, socially-distanced, cosy log cabin for that true winter escape feeling.
Saturday 27th March
Sunday 28th March
Monday 29th March
Tuesday 30th March
Wednesday 31st March
Thursday 1st April
Friday 2ndApril (bank holiday)
Saturday 3rd April
Sunday 4th April
Monday 5thApril (bank holiday)
Get 16 days off for only eight days of annual leave.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that this time will be the Easter Holidays, so bargain trips abroad will be few and far between. Book early so you don't miss out - try the Black Friday, Boxing Day or January travel sales for a discount deal.
Monday 3rdMay (bank holiday)
Saturday 8th May
Sunday 9th May
Get 9 days of potential holiday time for only fourdays of annual leave.
Plus you'll also get..
Friday 28th May
Saturday 29thMay (weekend)
Sunday 30thMay (weekend)
Monday 31stMay (bank holiday)
Another bonus 4-day mini break with one day of annual leave taken.
If you get more than 20 days annual leave, this could be a good time to take the Monday-Thursday off before too - making it a total nine days.
Making the most of the May bank holidays means you can get a great holiday deal on shoulder season travel. Shoulder season is that bit between peak and off-peak dates, so the temperatures are still warm, but destinations are less crowded and often less expensive. We’d recommend visiting Greece, Spain, Turkey, Italy or other Mediterranean hotspots over either of the May bank holidays.
Saturday 28th August
Sunday 29th August
Monday 30thAugust (bank holiday)
Tuesday 31st August
Wednesday 1st September
Thursday 2nd September
Friday 3rd September
Saturday 4th September
Sunday 5th September
You'll get time for a 9-day adventure, by using only four annual leave days.
The end of summer can be a great time to bag a last-minute bargain, as the kids are heading back to school. Try places with late summer sun like Croatia - or if you really want to treat yourself, September is a great time to visit the Maldives.
Monday 27th December (bank holiday)
Tuesday 28th December (bank holiday)
Wednesday 29th December
Saturday 1st January
Sunday 2nd January
Monday 3rd January (bank holiday)
We know, it's a way off yet and you might not even be ready for this Christmas yet, but it could be worth planning ahead if you've always dreamed of a Christmas abroad.
Due to Christmas falling on a weekend in 2021, you can get a 10-day break (this is 7 days in 2021 and 3 days in 2022) for just three annual leave days. Note - the three days in January 2022 (above) are not included in the 48 days for 2021.