September 17, 2018

Musings: 7 Ways to Maximise Your Annual Leave

Please note, this is a collaborative post with Holiday Gems.

As I embark on my 8th trip of 2018, I’ve started to get creative with the ways I use my time off to really make the most of it when I travel. I mean I must say, I’m probably always tired, but I guess this is just a part of who I am now.

Here are a few ways you can maximise your annual leave and travel the world. Go on, you’ve earned it.

1) Head to the airport after work

This is assuming you finish between 4pm-6pm and your proximity to the airport. But working in Central London means Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted Airports are in easy reach.

Take your luggage to work with you and arrive to the gate just in time for takeoff.

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Tip: Asia and Middle East flights  are scheduled up until 10.30pm from LHR, LGW and Stansted, so that way you can sleep on the flight and wake up in a new destination. This will save on a night’s hotel cost too (I took at 10.30pm flight after work when I went to Dubai earlier this year).

2) Work from home and then head to the airport

…Or just work from the airport. There are plenty of lounges available with fast wi-fi and unlimited food. What more could you want?

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3) Get an early flight back home

You ever see those flights back that land between 5am-7am? Book one of those and you’ll have a couple of hours to make sure you ‘land’ back fresh in the office as fresh as a daisy (probably not). But it will save a day’s annual leave. Or you could just ask to work from home again.

Thought: The only problem I can see with getting a flight back that lands early is if it’s delayed or cancelled which is beyond your control.

4) Utilise bank holidays

I wrote about this on Plus Minus here, but utilising bank holidays is a great way to get an extra day of your trip without using a day of your annual leave. With Holiday Gems prices you’ll find a gem of a price in no time too.

5) Personal (s)admin

Do all your personal admin after work, during lunch breaks, evenings or on weekends. Don’t waste a day waiting on a delivery or someone to repair an appliance. This way you won’t waste a day’s leave OR just have an open conversation with your employer and work from home.

Read more: Musings: How To Get On Top Of Your Personal Life Admin

6) Use the weekend

I’d recommend this for journeys less than 2 hours, but a weekend makes a perfect short break to explore a European city or a town nearby. I’m doing two 48 hours trips later this year and I can’t wait. Watch this space.

Thought: Weekend flights and train tickets are usually expensive but this is the ‘price’ you will pay for not taking a day off, so its worth it in my opinion.

Read more: Musings: Some More Travel Tips

7) Plan ahead!

If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.

Planning trips in advance means you can be organised, budget accordingly and of course ensure you get those days off.

Read more: Musings: Just How Much I’m Spending On Travel in 2018 💵

How do you maximise your annual leave?

Char xo

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Welcome to my little space on the internet, known as Memoirs and Musings. I’m Char, short for Charlotte and my blog/website/diary is dedicated to documenting my Memoirs and Musings, hence the name. I wouldn’t say I was your ‘typical’ blogger either. I don’t care about getting the perfect flatlay or feeling bad for not posting, I just enjoy writing. If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading. Anyway, I love to travel, indulge in a glass of white wine, when plans are cancelled and purchase overpriced make up.  I guess that’s me in a nutshell, trying to figure out this thing called life, have fun and never lose sight.