Money Hack: Turn your 20 days of leave into 55 in 2018

Stephanie Yip 13 December 2017 NEWS

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The secrets to maxing out your annual leave days, revealed.

For full-time employees in Australia, 20 days of annual leave is the legal minimum. If you think that 20 days is too few, then we have a secret that can see you push that 20 days of holidays up to 55 in 2018.

No joke.

It all comes down to careful planning around paid public holidays in your state and organising your travel around as many weekends as possible.

While this isn't exactly a money hack, it's one that's too good to pass up – and hey, it means you don't have to take any unpaid leave to score 50+ days worth of time off.

Who could say no to that?

The hack

In short, you want to take as many days off during and around public holidays as possible. If you can take multiple public holidays off in one trip, that's where the money's at.

To increase the length of your trips, leave as late in the week as possible; Friday if it's a public holiday or Saturday if it's not, and return as early in the week as possible; Monday if it's a public holiday or Sunday if it's not.

What you want to avoid is leaving mid-week. It might be cheaper flight-wise but you're short-changing yourself in terms of consecutive holidaying days.

By organising your year's worth of holidays this way you can push the number of days you're on leave up to 50+, no matter which Australian state you live in.

How many days can I get off in my state?

This hack works differently in each state as it's reliant on public holidays to push the number of "days off" up.

On average, you're looking at around 53 days worth of trips, with ACT residents singing all the way to their resorts with a possible 55 days of trips under their belt.

NSW residents, on the other hand, are cringing with only 51-days to travel in 2018. You can blame the lack of public holidays for that one.

We break the possibilities down state-by-state below:

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