NSW: How to turn 20 days of annual leave into 50 days of holiday time

NSW residents, are you always running out of annual leave? Us too. Get 50 days of holiday time in 2017 – from only 20 days of annual leave.

Do you wish you could have more than one holiday a year? Are you keen for an extended Europe trip, but also want a couple of city breaks throughout the year? Well, we *think* we’ve cracked it and you can have both.

With a bit of holiday-hacking know-how and well-thought-out annual leave planning, you can physically be away on holiday for a whopping 50 days of 2017 – with no unpaid leave.

Twenty days is the legal minimum for full-time employees in Australia, so this hack is possible for any full-time employee. Just book the days off early, before your colleagues discover this super-simple idea too.

In those 50 days off work you could do all of this in just one year:

  • A 2-day post-New Year’s spa break in Byron Bay
  • A 4-day summer mini break in Bali
  • 23 days backpacking across Europe
  • A 3-day winter ski break in New Zealand
  • 9 days sun-seeking in Hawaii
  • 9 days off to visit family at Christmas

Take off the following days in italics as annual leave:

January 2017

Sunday 1st

Monday 2nd (Public Holiday)

Total run: 2 days

Thursday 26th (Public Holiday – Australia Day)

Friday 27th

Saturday 28th

Sunday 29th

Total run: 4 days


Saturday 8th

Sunday 9th

Monday 10th

Tuesday 11th

Wednesday 12th

Thursday 13th

Friday 14th (Public Holiday – Good Friday)

Saturday 15th

Sunday 16th

Monday 17th (Public Holiday – Easter Monday)

Tuesday 18th

Wednesday 19th

Thursday 20th

Friday 21st

Saturday 22nd

Sunday 23rd

Monday 24th

Tuesday 25th (Public Holiday – Anzac Day)

Wednesday 26th

Thursday 27th

Friday 28th

Saturday 29th

Sunday 30th

Total run: 23 days

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Saturday 10th

Sunday 11th

Monday 12th (Public Holiday – Queen’s Birthday)

Total run: 3 days

September & October

Saturday 30th

Sunday 1st

Monday 2nd (Public Holiday – Labour Day)

Tuesday 3rd

Wednesday 4th

Thursday 5th

Friday 6th

Saturday 7th

Sunday 8th

Total run: 9 days

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Saturday 23rd

Sunday 24th

Monday 25th (Public Holiday – Christmas Day)

Tuesday 26th (Public Holiday – Boxing Day)

Wednesday 27th

Thursday 28th

Friday 29th

Saturday 30th

Sunday 31st

Total run: 9 days

That's a lot of travelling.

Keep an eye on our Boxing Day flight sales to get those holidays booked.

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