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Easter trick to land 10-day holiday using just 4 days’ annual leave: ‘Act now’

Working hard? You might deserve an extended break and here's how you can get one within weeks.

The Easter long weekend is fast approaching and three months into the year, some Aussies might be ready to take some well-deserved time off.

With some clever planning, and a bit of lead time to talk to your boss about time off, you could turn just four days of annual leave into a 10-day break. But you likely need to act now.

If you were to apply the Easter model to the whole year, you could be looking at just 13 days of leave to land a whopping 35 days off. You may have missed some but there are still some cheeky leave plays left in the year you can leverage. Yahoo Finance has a cheat sheet here.

Annual leave dream represented with woman sitting at desk and a dream bubble with a person by a pool with lets up and sun hat on.
Annual leave on your mind? Snap up a 10-day break over the Easter long weekend. (Yahoo Finance/Getty)

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How can I get a longer Easter break?

Friday, March 29 is Good Friday so, taking into account the weekend, if you take four days of leave the next week, you can extend your break.

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Here’s a simple calendar breakdown:

Easter

  • Friday, March 29 - Good Friday

  • Saturday, March 30 - Weekend

  • Sunday, March 31 - Weekend

  • Monday, April 1 - Easter Monday

  • Tuesday, April 2 - APPLY FOR ANNUAL LEAVE

  • Wednesday, April 3 - APPLY FOR ANNUAL LEAVE

  • Thursday, April 4 - APPLY FOR ANNUAL LEAVE

  • Friday, April 5 - APPLY FOR ANNUAL LEAVE

  • Saturday, April 6 - Weekend

  • Sunday, April 7 - Weekend

This would mean you’re off until Monday, April 8. For a more personal annual leave hack, I find not returning on a Monday the ultimate trick to extend those time off vibes.

Who wants to come back to a five-day week? Not this author. So, take Monday and have a more chilled four-day week on the back end of your holiday. If you’ve got the leave, why not take the Tuesday and Wednesday too?

If you don’t enjoy that shorter week when you come back, I’ll eat my hat.