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How to double your annual leave in 2021

Lucy Dean
·2-min read
Pictured: Australian women on beach, calendar showing how to double annual leave. Images: Getty, Instant Offices
Here's how to get twice as much bang for your buck. Images: Getty, Instant Offices

Coronavirus has scuppered millions of travel plans, leaving Australians hungry for a getaway.

And with more than half of Australians describing themselves as experiencing increased stress and anxiety, the need for a break is even more important. According to flexible office space firm Instant Offices, Australians work 10 per cent longer than workers in the UK, and 20 per cent longer than German workers.

Professional feedback platform also Blind found that more than seven in 10 workers are experiencing burnout due to the coronavirus pandemic with the lack of separation between home and work life the biggest challenge.

Noting this, Instant Offices found how Australians can plan their annual leave to make the most of Australia’s national holidays and public holidays.

Tell me how

Here’s what you’re going to do:

Dec 2020/January 2021

(25 Dec – 3 Jan)

Take a 10-day holiday by booking three days off.

January 2021

(23 Jan – 31 Jan)

Take a 9-day holiday by booking 4 days off.

April 2021

(2 Apr – 11 Apr)

Take a 10-day holiday by booking 4 days off.

April/May 2021

(24 April – 2 May)

Take a 9-day holiday by booking 4 days off.

December/January 2022

(25 Dec – 2 Jan)

Take a 10-day holiday by booking 3 days off.

Graphic of four calendars showing how to double Australian annual leave. Image: Instant Offices
Image: Instant Offices

It comes as Australians increasingly look to local holidays. Airbnb country manager for Australia and New Zealand Susan Wheeldon told Yahoo Finance the holiday platform is seeing increasing numbers of Australians booking holidays, with a special interest in local experiences.

Referencing an Oxford Economics report which found that Airbnb guests spent $9 billion in Australia in 2019, with $6 billion coming from Australian pockets, Wheeldon said tourism has an important role in revitalising the Australian economy.

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