No matter what your favourite feng shui master says about 2023, I’m declaring it a pretty damn auspicious year for the simple fact that we’ve got a whopping six long weekends.
But short getaways are so pre-pandemic. It’s 2023 and borders are finally open, so it’s time to make up for lost travel time with some proper overseas trips.
Based on the average/standard annual leave allowance of 14 to 18 days, here are some suggestions on how you can strategically plan your leave to turn 10 public holidays into 49 glorious days of vacation.
Our guide to getting 49 days of vacation using 17 days of annual leave
In the table above, you’ll find a summary of our suggested leave-taking strategy for 2023. You don’t have to follow it to a tee, but the following principles will ensure you squeeze the maximum juice out of your annual leave.
Enjoy one block holiday every quarter
Long weekends are nice, but if you really want to maximise your leave days, take block leave between two weekends, using public holidays to reduce the number of leave days you need to spend.
Thanks to the favourable public holiday dates in 2023, you’ll be able to do this at least once every quarter.
In Jan 23 and 24 (Mon and Tue) will be public holidays thanks to Chinese New Year. By taking just three days of leave from the Jan 25 to the 27 (Wed to Fri), you’ll be able to enjoy a holiday of up to nine days, from Jan 21 to 29. As an added bonus, you’ll also get a vacation from your relatives’ annual inappropriate questions.
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In April, you can take four