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Here’s how to turn 17 days of annual leave into 41 days off

Hack your way to longer holidays. Photo: Getty

Across the whole nation, Australia celebrates nine public holidays: New Year’s Day, Australia Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Anzac Day, Queen’s Birthday, Labour Day, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day.

Too often, people try to plan short trips or getaways around the upcoming public holiday to make the most of the free day, only to miss their window.

Don’t make the same mistake next year. Here’s how to hack your holidays in 2019, courtesy of analysis by online travel insurer InsureandGo.

The Australia Day hack: take 5 days leave for a 10 day holiday

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Australia Day falls on a Saturday next year, but will be observed on the following Monday. Take advantage of the weekends that book-end the week and take just five days off from Friday 25th January to Friday 1 February for a ten-day break.

The four-day weekend: take 1 day of leave for an extra-long long weekend

The month that Labour Day and the Queen’s Birthday is observed will vary depending on which state you live in, but what is for sure is that it will fall on a Monday. By taking the Friday off – typically the quietest day of the week – you’ve just given yourself a four-day holiday.

The Easter Holiday hack: take 3 days leave for a 10 day break

The Easter holidays already gives Aussies Friday and Monday off. And with ANZAC day following just two days later, you give yourself a ten-day holiday by just taking three days off.

Source: InsureandGoAnd if you’re from Queensland or the Northern Territories, this can be combined with the public holiday on May 6, which is Labor Day and May Day respectively. Take an extra five days off work – eight days in total – and you’ve just won yourself 18 days off.

The Reconciliation Day hack: take 9 days leave for a 17 day holiday (ACT only)

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ACT residents will have Reconciliation Day and the Queen’s Birthday within weeks of each other. By taking leave on the weeks in between the two public holidays, you could have double the time off (17 days) by taking nine days of leave.

The Christmas holiday hack: 7 days leave for a 17 day holiday

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Christmas and New Year’s Day both fall on a Wednesday next year, which means 2019’s silly season won’t eat up too much of your leave. You’ll only need to take seven days off to get a 17-day break. Happy days!

Public holidays by state

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