How to snatch extra days of holiday this year

30 January 2020

As much as we’d all like to be on holiday 365 days year, sadly that’s just not possible for most of us as we fit our globetrotting adventures around our jobs. However, there are ways to get the most out of your annual leave by booking holidays around these key dates to give you more time to enjoy your time away.

April 9th – 19th. Take 5 days leave for an 11-day holiday

April weather in the 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. Book now to take advantage of the fantastic sale across AM Resorts which could see you save 50% and receive a free child’s place at one of their properties that line the scenic coastal regions of Mexico.

May 2nd​– 17th. Take 9 days leave for an 16-day holiday

A massive boon for anyone that likes to feel that they’re getting a little extra, the May bank holidays create the perfect gap in the calendar for a real adventure and where better to head than the good old USA on a once-in-a-lifetime road trip. Head over to the west coast to discover the highlights of California and Nevada on a 15-day road trip that will allow you to experience the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles, sample delicious Mexican flavours in beautiful seaside San Diego, stand in awe above the magnificent Grand Canyon, try your luck along the Las Vegas strip, hike through Yosemite National Park and soak up the rustic charm of Napa Valley wine region.

If you prefer a more relaxed pace and like to have some time to reorganise before you return to work, stay a little closer to home with a trip to Cyprus. The perfect spot for a family holiday, Cyprus’s beautiful beaches and ancient culture offer something for all ages and tastes, and with luxurious family-friendly properties like Parklane to stay at, you’ll really be making the most of your annual leave.

July 31st – 9th August. Take 5 days leave for a 10-day holiday

This 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.


December 19th – 4th Jan. Take 7 days leave for a 16-day holiday

Following the joy of Christmas, take advantage of the bank holidays that succeed it by jetting off for some extended time in the sun. 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.


If you’re ready to make the most of your time and take every opportunity to see the world, get in touch with your local Travel Counsellor!

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