05 July 2021
If you're of a mind to plan ahead for your travels, now is the perfect time to schedule your holidays strategically to allow you to make the most out of your annual leave. By booking holidays around these key dates you'll be able to get the most out of your annual leave in 2022, allowing you to spend more time exploring the world.
April weather in Ireland is unpredictable at best. One minute we could see sunshine poking through the clouds and the next we’re hit with snow showers. Leave the uncertainty behind with a trip to the Maldives where April temperatures average between 27-31 degrees meaning you can spend your days soaking up the sun out on the soft white sand, and your evenings sat out on the deck of your private overwater villa under the blanket of stars in the pitch-black night sky.
Alternatively, head west across the Atlantic to Mexico where temperatures sit around a similarly tropical 30 degrees and the idea of home seems a million miles away. Expect warm and gracious hospitality, fresh punchy cuisine and exotic wildlife.
Good Friday isn't a public holiday but most offices across the country take a day off for it meaning that over the Easter break you can take only 4 days of annual leave for a 10 day holiday!
The May bank holiday weekend fall on the 2nd of May in 2022 allowing you time for another fabulous 9-day holiday, causing a very slight dent of only 4 days to your annual leave allowance. Luckily, May is also such a great time of year in several fantastic holiday destinations both further afield, as well as some closer to home. If you are looking to spend your May holiday on a long-haul experience, why not visit Costa Rica and see all the natural beauty that awaits? Other fantastic tropical locations that are particularly attractive in May include Vietnam and Peru.
For those looking to holiday closer to home, Europe is beginning to heat up throughout April and May so you are likely to enjoy the warm Mediterranean climate when visiting countries like Spain, France and Italy.
Take another 4 days off for a serene escape to Greece in June 2022. Whether you head to the mainland or to one of the famous Greek islands, this is a place dedicated to the simple pleasures of life: long lazy lunches, languid boat-trips and sunset aperitifs in an unparalleled setting of beaches, olive groves and mountains dotted by Greek ruins, Byzantine churches and other remnants of lost civilisations that have become almost organic features of the landscape. The result is a unique, timeless atmosphere and a destination in which switching off from the modern world is guaranteed.
Island hop around the Aegean Sea and enjoy sunset spotting in Santorini and Mykonos, or for a mix of culture and stunning beaches visit Crete or Corfu. June is the perfect time of year to visit Greece and why not indulge in a 10 day Greek holiday at the cost of only 4 days of annual leave?
Over August Bank holiday weekend take the short flight down to southern Portugal to the delightful Algarve. A long-standing favourite amongst European travellers, the Algarve has a depth of attractions that few regions can compete with, from the pleasant climate and golden beaches to the championship golf courses and delightful dining scene which utilizes the bountiful produce of the neighbouring Atlantic ocean and features no fewer than eight Michelin star restaurants.
If you’re ready to venture further afield and experience an entirely new culture, one which beguiles visitors and opens their eyes to new possibilities, take this opportunity to visit Bali on a twin-centre adventure. We recommend splitting your trip between a beachside resort such as Seminyak, where a collection of cosseting accommodation options awaits, and the cultural heart of Bali, Ubud, where you will experience the mystical Hindu traditions which make this island so unique.
For the October Bank Holiday, leave work on Friday afternoon and finish your packing before heading to the airport Saturday morning for a 9-day winter sun holiday. The Indian Ocean is particularly nice at this time of year, and we recommend you swap out your winter boots for flip flops in Mauritius. What makes Mauritius different is its Dutch, French and British legacy - reflected in colonial mansions and botanical gardens – blended with the African, Indian and Chinese heritage and warmth of its people. Beyond the beaches, you can explore colourful markets and temples, fusion cuisine, and séga rhythms.
If you choose to try somewhere else in the Indian Ocean, you will undoubtedly be greeted by palm trees swaying softly in the breeze, crystalline waters lapping against talcum powder white sands and a myriad of tropical fish darting through the shallows around their coral reef, all while the sun casts its warming glow across the horizon. Whether it be in the Maldives, the Seychelles or Mauritius you chose for your holiday, these tropical eutopias promise a blissful escape for all who journey to their shores.
Following the joy of Christmas, take advantage of the bank holidays that succeed it by jetting off for some extended time in the sun. Christmas eve isn't considered a national public holiday, although most offices take it as one meaning you can likely jet off for Christmas for a fantastic 10-day holiday beginning Christmas Eve! If beachside relaxation is what you need following a busy festive period, then the island of Barbados beckons. Sink your toes into the warm sand of the Platinum coast as the Caribbean Sea creates a soothing melody and the sun sets on another day in paradise.
Alternatively, if you’re hungry for adventure then South Africa is the place to visit. Shark diving, safari drives, bungee jumps, surfing and scenic coastal rod trips are just a few of the activities that make the rainbow nation unmissable.
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Martina, Travel Counsellor
If you’re ready to make the most of your time and take every opportunity to see the world, get in touch with your Travel Counsellor and take advantage of a range of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your trip.