OH! Magazine - Australian Version December 2018 - Page 36

( OH YEAH! ) HOLIDAY HACKS InsureandGo explains how you can make the most of the 2019 public holidays. ustralia celebrates around 10 public holidays each year, depending on the day of the week they fall on. By being savvy and planning your holidays strategically, you can use these days off work to make time for extended getaways. A The world’s leading online travel insurer, InsureandGo has analysed next year’s public holidays and developed annual leave hacks that will help you make room for at least two domestic holidays and three international holidays, with only 17 days of annual leave all up. With the Labour Day and Queen’s Birthday public holidays each falling on a Monday, you can turn those long weekends into four-day interstate holidays by simply taking the Friday off – often the least busy day of the week. Lucky residents in Victoria, the ACT, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory can do this more often, as they have additional public holidays on a Monday or Friday. ACT residents enjoy a public holiday on Monday 27 May (Reconciliation Day). With two public holidays in around two weeks and three weekends around those days, ACT workers can enjoy a 17-day holiday (Saturday 25 May to Monday 10 June inclusive) with just nine days of annual leave. That’s almost double the amount of time off for half the annual leave. The mid-week public holiday hack InsureandGo has analysed our public holidays in 2019 to reveal how you can maximise each one for a longer break The 10-day Australia Day hack The 18-day April-May holiday hack Want to extend your January holidays with minimal annual leave? Next year, the Australia Day public holiday falls on Monday 28 January in all states. With January usually the quietest working month, it can be a good time to extend that long weekend to a longer break and head overseas. Aussies can enjoy a 10- day holiday by combining the public holiday with two weekends and five days of annual leave from, say, Friday 25 January to Friday 1 February inclusive. Why not head to Fiji, Hawaii or Bali? Residents in Queensland and the Northern Territory wanting to extend their 10-day Easter holiday can combine their Monday May 6 public holiday with the Easter holiday hack, to give them an extended holiday from Friday 19 April to Monday May 6. Eighteen days off to travel abroad, with just eight days of annual leave off work. OH! MAGAZINE ( DECEMBER 2018 ) The 17-day May-June holiday hack The 10-day Easter holiday hack Next year, the Easter long weekend will be from Friday 19 April to Monday 22 April in all states. Anzac Day follows two days after, on Thursday 25 April. With two public holidays occurring in one week, this is an opportunity to extend your holiday to 10 days – from Friday 19 April to Sunday 28 April inclusive – just by taking three days of annual leave. School holidays take place during this period in all States. Chances are, many people will be making the most of it and going on a family holiday. Time for another overseas trip? Jonathan Etkind, spokesperson at InsureandGo, says, ‘Aussies have a strong love affair with travel and like to take advantage of every opportunity possible to relax and explore new destinations. By thinking ahead and planning when to take annual leave, it can be the difference between a few days off here and there, and taking a longer holiday with minimal time off work.’ 36 The four-day weekend hack When public holidays fall mid-week, why not take annual leave on the days before or after, combine it with the weekend, and take a mini getaway? For instance, Victorians can take Monday 4 November off work – right before Melbourne Cup Day – to enjoy a four-day weekend. Brisbane residents could take two days of annual leave before or after Ekka Day on 14 August to enjoy a five-day holiday. For those that have more annual leave to spare, why not take all four days off to have a nine-day break in total. The 2019 Christmas holiday hack Aussies can create a 17-day holiday – from Friday 20 December to Monday 6 January by taking just seven days of annual leave. With Christmas Day falling on a Wednesday next year, why not take Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th – and perhaps even on Friday the 20th – off work, when it’s very likely to be quiet at work. This holiday also takes advantage of Boxing Day falling on a Thursday and New Year’s Day the following Wednesday. To learn more visit insureandgo.com.au