How to turn 12 days of leave into 38 days off

News 19/11/2019

Life hack!

If you're already looking forward to taking a few holidays in 2020, we've got the solution for you. 

If you're working full time, you're entitled to at least four weeks of paid leave, and thanks to the placement of a few public holiday you can actually enjoy just over that amount using a fraction of the leave.

Here's how to turn 12 days of annual leave days into 38 days off in 2020.

Starting off with the upcoming Christmas period, you can take four days to end 2019 (December 27, 30 and 31 , and January 3) and turn that into 12 days off.

Up next is Waitangi Day, which takes place on the first Thursday of February. Take a day of leave on Friday and treat yourself to a four-day weekend.

You can get over a week off in April using four days of leave after Good Friday and Easter Monday. If you pencil in the following four days that's a 10 day break.

Same as Waitangi Day, you can turn the Queen's birthday into a four-day weekend by taking the preceding Friday off before Queen's birthday on Monday June 1, or the Tuesday after the holiday.

Same goes for Labour Day, which lands of a Monday in October. Again one day of leave on either side of the long weekend will net you a four day break.

You can crank out another four-day weekend using the same method dependent on your region thanks to the regional anniversary days.

Check them out below and start planning your weekends away now!

Auckland: Monday, January 27

Buller: Monday, February 3

Canterbury: Friday, November 13

Canterbury (South): Monday, September 28

Chatham Islands: Monday, November 30

Hawke's Bay: Friday, October 23

Marlborough: Monday, November 2

Nelson: Monday, February 3

Northland: Monday, January 27

Otago: Monday, March 23

Southland: Tuesday, April 14

Taranaki: Monday, March 9

Wellington: Monday, January 20

Westland: Monday, November 30