Over the past couple of years, going abroad has been a challenge. But, as British testing restrictions ease and more countries open their borders, it’s becoming simpler to travel. So why not make up for lost time this year? With our guide on how to make the most of your 2022 annual leave, you might be able to go on holiday more than you think.

Using the 2022 bank holidays to your advantage, you can enjoy maximum time off using minimal annual leave – simple. Find out how to make the most of your leave, then browse our cheap 2022 flights to book that much-needed getaway.

Have 16 days off in April with eight days’ annual leave

The Easter weekend gives everyone a chance to see family and scoff chocolate. But there’s no reason why you can’t do that abroad, right? Using eight days of your 2022 annual leave, you can have a whopping 16-day holiday. You could go on a major shopping spree in New York, or head to Thailand for some sunshine. The ‘Land of Smiles’ sees fantastic weather in April, so you could kick-start your summer by relaxing on tropical beaches and snorkelling in bath-warm waters. Tempted? Find cheap flights to Bangkok with Netflights.

Days to book off work: 11, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22 April

Have nine days off in June with three days’ annual leave

The Queen has done everyone a big favour this year. To celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, we’ve been given an extra bank holiday on Friday 3rd June – and the Spring Bank Holiday has been moved to Thursday 2nd June. That means we can all enjoy a four-day weekend at the start of June. Or, to look at it another way, you can go away for nine days using just three days of your 2022 annual leave – thanks Liz!

So, if Jubilee street parties aren’t your thing, why not jump on a plane instead? You could find cheap flights to Miami for some quality beach time, or book Dubai flights to visit this desert city before the extreme summer heat arrives.

Days to book off work: 30, 31 May and 1 June

Have nine days off in August with four days’ annual leave

If spring doesn’t quite cut it for you, August is hands-down the best month to get some sun. And you can save a day’s leave by incorporating a bank holiday into your trip. In England, the Summer Bank Holiday falls on 29th August, while the Scottish Summer Bank Holiday is on 1st August. This is a great time of year to visit the USA – why not look at our Orlando flights, and treat the kids to an unforgettable summer holiday?

Days to book off work: 2, 3, 4, 5 August (Scotland); 30 August and 1, 2, 3 September (England)

Have 10 days off in December with three days’ annual leave

If you’re feeling really organised, you could book 10 days off work around Christmastime, using just three days of your holiday allowance. You might just want to put your feet up and eat your weight in cheese – we’re not judging – but, if you did fancy a holiday, this is the ideal time to soak up some winter sun. You could relax on sugary beaches in the Caribbean or, if you’re craving a big adventure to round off the year, why not make tracks for Australia? Here at Netflights, we’ll help you compare flights to Sydney, Perth and beyond.

Days to book off work: 28, 29, 30 December

Keen to start planning your 2022 getaway? Search for cheap flights today.

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