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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.
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.
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).
…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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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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