Hopefully this helps most people out when planning holidays in 2017.http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals/deals-hunter/2016/12/13/how-to-get-18-consecutive-days-off-next-year-for-just-9-days-of-annual-leave/
The way the bank holidays fall in April and May in 2017 allows you to string them together with annual leave to give yourself a nice long break from work (sorry bosses of the UK). This didn’t happen this year as there was too big of a gap between the bank holidays – but in 2017 and for the first time since 2014, we’ve hit the holiday jackpot.
assumes you work the standard Monday - Friday, so apologies to those with unconventional hours or those who can’t choose their own leave, such as teachers.
18 consecutive days off in April for the price of 9
The Easter bank holidays in 2017 falls late this year on 14th April (Good Friday) and 17th April (Easter Monday) and with the May Day bank holiday on Monday 1st May, it means by taking nine days annual leave in between those dates (18-21 and 24-28 April), you’ll get 18 consecutive days off work.
10 consecutive days off in December for the price of three
In 2017, December 23 and 24 falls over a weekend, with Christmas and Boxing Day giving you Monday and Tuesday off. If you take 27-29 Dec as annual leave, with New Year’s Day falling on a Monday, it’ll mean you won’t be back at work until Tuesday 2 Jan – a total of 10 days off for the price of three.
By using both of these tricks, you can bag some serious chill time – and in most cases, still have over half of your annual leave still left – hallelujah! Of course if you don’t work Monday to Friday, or can’t choose your own leave then this might not work for you.
Credit goes to MoneySavingExpert's Coupon Kid, Jordon Cox.