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Annual leave 2022: how to get 45 days off work next year (using just 18 days of annual leave)

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And for our next trick, we’ll turn 18 days of paid annual leave into a whopping 45 days off…

Updated on 27 September: The days are getting shorter, colder, and darker – so it’s understandable that we’re busy dreaming about our next holiday. Especially as we’ve spent months in lockdown, not to mention faced a lot of kerfuffle with the annual leave logistics thanks to the UK government’s ever-changing red and green travel lists. 

While it’s definitely worth booking in a last-minute vacation (or staycation) if you can, travel experts are urging everyone with a severe case of wanderlust to remember that the best time to book a holiday is far in advance. Which means that, yes, we should be thinking about our big getaway of 2022… 

Ooh, let’s say now-ish, shall we?

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“Last-minute flights and holidays are generally more expensive this year due to a late spike in demand, and reduced airline capacity due to flights being cancelled,” explains a spokesperson for the Global Independent Travel Centre.

“As such, now is the best time to book a cheap holiday for future travel. And remember: demand for staycations was high in 2020 and 2021, so we also recommend booking ahead of time for UK getaways.”

Now, before we jump forward in time to 2022, we’d like to stress again that it’s important to use up your annual leave this year, even if you can’t jet off somewhere sunny. Because, just as psychotherapist Lucinda Gordon Lennox explains to Stylist, we still need to sit back, relax, recharge, and stop treating life like a sprint. 

“We’ve been making everything work exactly as it would have done had we not been in a pandemic. That works for a sprint period, but it’s now becoming evident that perhaps we’re in a marathon, not a sprint. And what’s the first thing we change when we’re in a marathon instead of a sprint? We slow down,” she says.

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With this in mind, then, we have some very good news for you: thanks to a perfect alignment of bank holidays in 2022, you can transform just 28 days of annual leave into a whopping 45 days off.

That’s 45 days to slow down, 45 days away from the stresses of the workplace, and 48 days of rest and recovery.

Above all else, though that’s 45 days of sweet, sweet freedom. 

So, what do we need to do to achieve this?

Let’s break it down.

How to maximise your Easter break in 2022

Next year sees Good Friday fall on 15 April, and Easter Monday on 18 April. If your employer closes on weekends and bank holidays, this means that you can land yourself 10 days off work – using just four days of your allotted annual leave allowance.

How? By booking off 19, 20, 21 and 22 April, of course.

Check it out:

  • Friday 15 April: Bank holiday
  • Saturday 16 April: Weekend
  • Sunday 17 April: Weekend
  • Monday 18 April: Bank holiday
  • Tuesday 19 April: Annual leave
  • Wednesday 20 April: Annual leave
  • Thursday 21 April: Annual leave
  • Friday 22 April: Annual leave
  • Saturday 23 April: Weekend
  • Sunday 24 April: Weekend

Lovely stuff, right?

Now, let’s maximise the May bank holiday…

Next year’s Early May bank holiday falls on 2 May, which means savvy holidaymakers can transform four days of annual leave into a delicious nine. How, you ask? By doing the following…

  • Saturday 30 April: Weekend
  • Sunday 1 May: Weekend
  • Monday 2 May: Bank Holiday
  • Tuesday 3 May: Annual leave
  • Wednesday 4 May: Annual leave
  • Thursday 5 May: Annual leave
  • Friday 6 May: Annual leave
  • Saturday 7 May: Weekend
  • Sunday 8 May: Weekend

Got it? Go, go, go!

How to make the most of the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday

A four-day bank holiday weekend will mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee next summer to celebrate the monarch’s 70 years on the throne. So, yes, booking in three days of annual leave means you can max that out to a sweet week off work.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Monday 30 May: Annual leave
  • Tuesday 31 May: Annual leave
  • Wednesday 1 June: Annual leave
  • Thursday 2 June: Bank holiday
  • Friday 3 June: Bank holiday
  • Saturday 4 June: Weekend
  • Sunday 5 June: Weekend

And what about the August bank holiday?

The summer bank holiday falls on 29 August next year, so you know what that means…

  • 27 August: Weekend
  • 28 August: Weekend
  • 29 August: Bank holiday
  • 30 August: Annual leave
  • 31 August: Annual leave
  • 1 September: Annual leave
  • 2 September: Annual leave
  • 3 September: Weekend
  • 4 September: Weekend

And, just like that, four days of annual leave becomes a sweet nine days off. You’re welcome.

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How to boost your Christmas holiday allowance

We’re not done, folks; 2022 sees Christmas Day fall on a Sunday, which means we get a substitute bank holiday the following Tuesday (just after Boxing Day on the Monday). This, combined with the fact New Year’s Day is on a Saturday, means that all you need to do is book off 28, 29, and 30 December.

This will grant you a pretty nifty 10 days off in a row (for the price of three): you’ll head home for the holidays after work on Friday 23 December, and you won’t need to be back at your desk until Tuesday 3 January.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Saturday 24 December: Weekend
  • Sunday 25 December: Christmas Day (weekend)
  • Monday 26 December: Bank holiday (Boxing Day)
  • Tuesday 27 December: Bank holiday
  • Wednesday 28 December: Annual leave
  • Thursday 29 December: Annual leave
  • Friday 30 December: Annual leave
  • Saturday 31 December: Weekend
  • Sunday 1 January: Weekend
  • Monday 2 January: Bank holiday 

Perfect for some much needed R&R after the decadence of the festive season, eh?

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A word of caution; before you rush to book all these days off (and you should rush, because we bet plenty of your co-workers will want to take advantage of these bank holiday bonanzas, too), please do check your employer’s policies on annual leave.

It’s worth remembering that they don’t actually have to give you paid leave on bank or public holidays. Find out more about what you’re entitled to on the Gov.uk website now.

Please be aware that this article was originally written on 4 June, but has been updated throughout to ensure all information is up-to-date and correct,

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JANUARY 

National Braille Literacy Month (Louis Braille was born 1/4/1809)
International Creativity Month
1/2 - National Science Fiction Day (also Isaac Asimov's birthday)

1/10 - Common Sense Day (Thomas Paine's Common Sense was first published January 10, 1776)
1/12 - I'm Afraid I Can't Do That, Day -  In 2001, A Space Odyssey, HAL first goes online on January 12, 1997.
1/16 - Appreciate a Dragon Day - from Falkor to Viserion, today is the day to celebrate fictional dragons.
1/18 - Winnie the Pooh Day (A.A. Milne’s Birthday)
1/19 - Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday
1/25 - Burns Supper/Burns Night (to celebrate Scottish poet Robert Burns)
1/29 - “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe is first published
1/31 - Inspire Your Heart with the Arts Day

FEBRUARY

Love Your Library Month
National African American Read-In Month

2/1-7 - National Storytelling Week in England

2/1 - Take Your Child to the Library Day (first Saturday of February)
2/2-8 - Children's Authors and Illustrators Week (first week of February)
2/5 - World Read Aloud Day
2/8 - John Grisham's birthday
2/12 - Judy Blume's birthday
2/14 - Library Lovers’ Day
2/16 - Reading Rainbow Day (LeVar Burton's birthday)
2/22 - Edward Gorey's birthday

MARCH

Paws To Read Month - a celebration of reading dog programs

First full week – Return of Borrowed Books Week
3/1-7 - (First full week of March) – Read an eBook Week 

3/1-7 - Will Eisner Week - a celebration that promotes comics, graphic novel literacy, free speech, and the work of artist Will Eisner
3/2 - Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss’s Birthday)
3/4 - National Grammar Day

3/4 - Captain Underpants Day (Dav Pilkey's Birthday)
3/1-7 - (First full week of March) – Read an eBook Week
3/8 - National Proofreading Day
3/15 - The Ides of March (Julius Caesar is stabbed, 44 B.C.)
3/16 - Freedom of Information Day
3/17-23 - World Folk Tales and Fables Week
3/20 - Won't You Be My Neighbor? Day - Mr. Rogers's birthday! Wear a cardigan, feed the fish, and have a beautiful day in your neighborhood
3/21 - United Nations World Poetry Day
3/22 - Wonder Woman's birthday (according to the official DC Comics calendar)
3/22 - Captain James T. Kirk's birthday (If Star Trek is correct, he will be born on March 22, 2233, in Riverside, Iowa)
3/25 - Gondorian New Year - the day that the One Ring was destroyed in the fires of Mount Doom
3/27 - Ame Dyckman's birthday - according to the author, the #1 thing you can do to celebrate is laugh!

APRIL 

National Poetry Month
4/1 - Hatching Day - celebrate the Dragonriders of Pern series on Anne McCaffrey's birthday by enjoying bubbly pies and coffee!
4/2 - International Children’s Book Day (Hans Christian Anderson’s Birthday)
4/3 - Paraprofessional Day - Celebrate your paras!
4/4-11 Money Smart Week 

4/4 - 1984 Day (the day that the protagonist of the book started writing his diary)

4/4 - National School Librarian Day
4/12 - D.E.A.R. Day (Beverly Cleary’s birthday) - Drop Everything And Read!
4/16 - Celebrate Teen Literature Day (Thursday of the second full week of April)

4/17 - Chaucer Day (both the day that the characters began their journey, and the day that Chaucer first read The Canterbury Tales to the court of King Richard II, in 1397)
4/18 - National Columnists Day (in memory of well-known columnist and 1944 Pulitzer Prize Winner Ernie Pyle, who died in WWII)
4/19-25 - National Library Week 

4/21 - National Library Workers’ Day (Tuesday of National Library Week)

4/16 - National Bookmobile Day (Wednesday of National Library Week)

4/21 - National Tea Day (in England)

4/23 - Take Action for Libraries Day (Thursday of National Library Week)

4/23 - Shakespeare’s birthday
4/23 - World Book and Copyright Day
4/24 - Library of Congress Appreciation Day - the library was founded April 24, 1800
4/27 - National Tell a Story Day

4/30 - Poem in Your Pocket Day
4/30 - Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros (Children's Day/Book Day)

MAY

Get Caught Reading Month

Mystery Month - sponsored by BookList Reader!
5/2 - Harry Potter Day (May 2 was the day of the Battle of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series; many also celebrate July 31, which is both Harry's and J.K. Rowling's birthdays)

5/4-10 - Children's Book Week (also celebrated in November)
5/4 - Intergalactic Star Wars Day ("May the Fourth be with you.")
5/2 - Free Comic Book Day (first Saturday in May)
5/9 - Peter Pan Day (James M. Barrie’s birthday)
5/12 - Limerick Day - the birthday of noted author of limerick poems, Edward Lear
5/18 - International Museums Day (spread the love and promote your museum passes!)
5/20 - Eliza Doolittle Day
5/25 - Towel Day (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Day)
5/27 - Dashiell Hammett's birthday - author of The Maltese Falcon and creator of the "hard-boiled" school of detective fiction

JUNE 

LGBT Book Month
Audiobook Appreciation Month
6/10 - Maurice Sendak's birthday. Let The Wild Rumpus Start!
6/12 -Anne Frank’s birthday (on which she received her diary)
6/14 - Caldecott Day - the Caldecott Medal was first awarded on June 14, 1938
6/16 - Bloomsday (the day on which most of James Joyce's Ulysses, whose main character is Leopold Bloom, takes place)
6/19 –-National Garfield the Cat Day (strip is first published, 1978)
6/22 - Octavia Butler's birthday
Bonus: Any beautiful Wednesday in June can be Mrs. Dalloway Day

JULY 

Read an Almanac Month
July 4-6 (official dates TBD) - National Tom Sawyer Days
7/10 - Clerihew Day (in honor of the poet Edmund Clerihew, who invented a fun style of poetry)
7/18-21 - (third week of July) – Hemingway Days takes place in the Florida Keys

7/28 - Beatrix Potter's Birthday
7/30 - National Paperback Book Day
7/31 -Harry Potter Day (July 31is both Harry's and J.K. Rowling's; many also celebrate May 2, which was the day of the Battle of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series)

AUGUST

Read a Romance Month
8/1 - Spiderman Day - The popular character debuted August 1, 1962
8/9 - Book Lovers’ Day
8/14 - Coloring Book Day
8/15 - National Relaxation Day

8/18 - Percy Jackson's Birthday - enjoy some blue food for your favorite demigod's birthday!
8/20 - H.P. Lovecraft's birthday
8/21 - Poet's Day

8/22 - World Folktale Day
8/25 - Founder's Day - the United State National Park Service was founded on August 25, 1916
8/30 - Frankenstein Day (author Mary Wollenstone Shelley was born August 30, 1797)
8/31 - We Love Memoirs Day

SEPTEMBER 

Library Card Sign-Up Month
Be Kind to Writers and Editors Month
9/5 - Erin Entrada Kelly's birthday - according to the author, the #1 thing you can do to celebrate is swap book recommendations!
9/6 - Read a Book Day
9/7 - Google Day (Google was founded on September 7, 1998 by Sergey Brin and Larry Page)
9/8 - International Literacy Day
9/13 - Roald Dahl Day
9/15 - International Dot Day (based on the book by Peter H. Reynolds)

9/18 -  Read an eBook Day
9/22 - Hobbit Day
9/22 - Dear Diary Day

9/25 - National Comic Book Day
Last week of Sept. - Banned Books Week
Wednesday of Banned Books Week - Banned Websites Awareness Day

OCTOBER 

National Book Month (no longer sponsored by the National Book Foundation, but we can celebrate anyway)
National Reading Group Month
National Medical Librarians Month
National Arts and Humanities Month

National Graphic Novel Writing Month

National Cookbook Month

TeenTober - replacing Teen Tech Week and Teen Book Week
10/2 - Phileas Fogg's Wager Day - "I will bet twenty thousand pounds against anyone who wishes, that I will make a tour of the world in eighty days or less."
10/4-10 (first full week of October) National Mystery Series Week
10/6 - Mad Hatter Day (because his hat says 10/6)
10/11 - Myths and Legends Day
10/16 - Dictionary Day (Noah Webster’s Birthday)
10/18 - Newspaper Comic Strip Day - the first newspaper comic strip ever run was "The Yellow Kid Takes a Hand at Golf" by Richard Fenton Outcault, on October 18, 1896.
10/18-24 National Friends of Libraries Week

NOVEMBER 

Picture Book Month
National Family Literacy Month
National Novel Writing Month
11/1 - National Family Literacy Day
11/1 - National Authors Day
11/1-7 (first full week of November) - International Games Week
11/6 - National Non-Fiction Day (it's "national" in England; let's spread it internationally!)
11/8-14 - National Young Readers Week (starts the Monday of the second full week in November) - in conjunction with the Library of Congress and the Pizza Hut Book It! Program

11/8-14 - Children's Book Week (also celebrated in May)

11/10 - Neil Gaiman's birthday
11/10 - Sesame Street Premier Day (November 10, 1969)
11/14 - Astrid Lindgren’s birthday (author of Pippi Longstocking)
11/15 - I Love to Write Day
11/16 - World Philosophy Day
11/18 - High-Five a Librarian Day
11/30 - Joy of Cooking publication anniversary, November 30, 1924 - cookbook clubs, unite!

DECEMBER

Read a New Book Month
12/1 - Sherlock Holmes Day (“A Study in Scarlet” was said to have been first published 12/1/1887 - this is actually in dispute, but we can still celebrate)
12/2 - Kate Milford's birthday (author of Greenglass House). The author says the best way to celebrate is to tell someone else a story.
12/10 - Dewey Decimal System Day (Melville Dewey's birthday)
12/16 - Jane Austen’s birthday
12/21 - Celebrate Short Fiction Day - The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year. Why not celebrate with some short stories?
12/24 - Jolabokaflod - the "Christmas Book Flood" is an Icelandic tradition, in which people open gifts of books on Christmas Eve, and retire to bed early to read them.

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Let’s finish out this year strong—here’s the best book club picks for December 2020!

It’s been a year unlike any other. But among all the hardships we all have faced, we still have books! Let’s hope for 2021 for things to get back to normal. Be sure to check out my huge list of must-read book club picks for 2021. There’s so many fantastic books coming out next year that you’ll never run out of anything to read.

So my monthly lists are typically dedicated to new books publishing that month or recently published books but I think we could all use a bit more holiday cheer. So I decided to list five holiday-themed books that will end the year on a high note.

Let’s get into the best book club picks for December 2020!

One Day in December by Josie Silver is one of my favorite reads of the past couple of years! The story starts off in the holiday season so it counts as a holiday read for me. It’s so heartwarming and impactful. I hope they make this story into a movie or TV series sometime in the future. Here’s the synopsis:

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away.

Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.

You can order the book on Amazon here. Check out my book club questions here.


I’m not typically a romance reader so I wasn’t sure if The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan would be for me. But a friend sent me her copy and I’m so glad she did! There is romance in this story but it’s very much about families. It’s quite a touching story! Here’s the synopsis:

In the snowy Highlands of Scotland, Suzanne McBride is dreaming of the perfect cozy Christmas. Her three adopted daughters are coming home for the holidays and she can’t wait to see them. But tensions are running high…

Workaholic Hannah knows she can’t avoid spending the holidays with her family two years in a row. But it’s not the weight of their expectations that’s panicking her—it’s the life-changing secret she’s hiding. Stay-at-home mom Beth is having a personal crisis. All she wants for Christmas is time to decide if she’s ready to return to work—seeing everyone was supposed to help her stress levels, not increase them! Posy isn’t sure she’s living her best life, but with her parents depending on her, making a change seems risky. But not as risky as falling for gorgeous new neighbor Luke…

As Suzanne’s dreams of the perfect McBride Christmas unravel, she must rely on the magic of the season to bring her daughters together. But will this new togetherness teach the sisters that their close-knit bond is strong enough to withstand anything—including a family Christmas?

You can order the book on Amazon here. Check out my book club questions here.


So Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak was written way before our current pandemic situation. But it does feature a family having to quarantine during the holiday season because of an illness (in this case, similar to ebola). I read this back in 2018 but it would be interesting to read it now with how the world has changed. But it’s very much a holiday and family-driven story. Here’s the synopsis:

It’s Christmas, and for the first time in years the entire Birch family will be under one roof. Even Emma and Andrew’s elder daughter—who is usually off saving the world—will be joining them at Weyfield Hall. But Olivia, a doctor, is only coming home because she has to. She’s just returned from treating an epidemic abroad and has been told she must stay in quarantine for a week…and so too should her family.

For the next seven days, the Birches are locked down, cut off from the rest of humanity, and forced into each other’s orbits. Younger, unabashedly frivolous daughter Phoebe is fixated on her upcoming wedding, while Olivia deals with the culture shock of first-world problems. 

As Andrew sequesters himself in his study writing scathing restaurant reviews and remembering his glory days as a war correspondent, Emma hides a secret that will turn the whole family upside down. 

In close proximity, not much can stay hidden for long, and as revelations and long-held tensions come to light, nothing is more shocking than the unexpected guest who’s about to arrive….

You can order the book on Amazon here. Check out my book club questions here.


Another Sarah Morgan holiday story for you! I really liked A Wedding in December as well. The setting is great in Colorado and it’s also focused on family dynamics during the holidays. Here’s the synopsis:

In the snowy perfection of Aspen, the White family gathers for youngest daughter Rosie’s whirlwind Christmas wedding. First to arrive are the bride’s parents, Maggie and Nick. Their daughter’s marriage is a milestone they are determined to celebrate wholeheartedly, but they are hiding a huge secret of their own: they are on the brink of divorce. After living apart for the last six months, the last thing they need is to be trapped together in an irresistibly romantic winter wonderland.

Rosie’s older sister, Katie, is also dreading the wedding. Worried that impulsive, sweet-hearted Rosie is making a mistake, Katie is determined to save her sister from herself! If only the irritatingly good-looking best man, Jordan, would stop interfering with her plans…

Bride-to-be Rosie loves her fiancé but is having serious second thoughts. Except everyone has arrived—how can she tell them she’s not sure? As the big day gets closer, and emotions run even higher, this is one White family Christmas none of them will ever forget!

You can order the book on Amazon here. Check out my book club questions here.


So this is the only one on the list I haven’t read yet but I’ve been meaning to read this one! I loved Meet Me in Monaco by these authors and so I know this will be an impactful read. Also, this is a historical fiction novel so something different from the other holiday contemporary options. Here’s the synopsis:

August 1914. England is at war. As Evie Elliott watches her brother, Will, and his best friend, Thomas Harding, depart for the front, she believes—as everyone does—that it will be over by Christmas, when the trio plan to celebrate the holiday among the romantic cafes of Paris.

But as history tells us, it all happened so differently… 

Evie and Thomas experience a very different war. Frustrated by life as a privileged young lady, Evie longs to play a greater part in the conflict—but how?—and as Thomas struggles with the unimaginable realities of war he also faces personal battles back home where War Office regulations on press reporting cause trouble at his father’s newspaper business. Through their letters, Evie and Thomas share their greatest hopes and fears—and grow ever fonder from afar. Can love flourish amid the horror of the First World War, or will fate intervene?

Christmas 1968. With failing health, Thomas returns to Paris—a cherished packet of letters in hand—determined to lay to rest the ghosts of his past. But one final letter is waiting for him…

You can order the book on Amazon here.

Happy reading and happy holidays!

Источник: https://bookclubchat.com/books/best-book-club-picks-for-december-2020/

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Winter is well and truly here. And as the days get darker and colder, is it any wonder we’re daydreaming about next year’s holidays already?

And whether you’re planning on a once in a lifetime trip or something a little bit closer to home then you’ll want to ensure you make the most of your annual leave.

With a little bit of planning ahead (and looking at where the bank holidays fall next year) you can maximise those days off for a longer break.

All you need to do now is get booking before they get taken by your colleagues.

Turn 8 days into 16 at Easter

Over April and May you need to book the following days off in order to get the maximum time off: Monday 6 April, Tuesday 7 April, Wednesday 8 April and Thursday 9 April.

Then a second set of days between Tuesday 14 April to Friday 17 April. All of these days together come to a grand total of eight days of annual leave.

But - because of weekends and the four-day bank holiday - you will end up with 16 consecutive days off work.

For most people who receive 25 days annual leave, this means there are still 17 days of annual leave to play with for the rest of the year (which means you can also take advantage of the system over the Christmas break too).

Turn 7 days into 16 at Christmas 2020

We know it seems like a long way off (we haven’t even got this Christmas out of the way yet) but if you’re a planner like us then you need to get ahead to maximise your time.

So in December and January next year you need to book off: Monday 21 December, Tuesday 22 December, Wednesday 23 December and Thursday 24 December.

Then a second lot of days off: Tuesday 29 December, Wednesday 30 December and Thursday 31 December.

This is only seven days of holiday but another 16 consecutive days off (including Christmas day and Boxing day).

Even with this, and your Easter break, you will still have ten days annual leave to take throughout the rest of the year.

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How to get 53 days off work this year by booking just 23 days of holiday

THE new year is finally here so it could be time to start thinking about holidays - and if you're smart, you can more than double your time off.

It comes as most Brits didn't have a holiday in 2020, with a majority of the year effectively a write-off for holidays abroad and even some staycations.

Keen for a break? You can more than double your time off in 2021 if you book around bank holidays and weekends

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After almost a year of lockdowns due to Covid-19, many Brits will be hoping for a slightly more "normal" everyday life in a few months' time.

And although many of us may still be working from home, it's important to still take time off to switch off and recharge.

If you have your sights set on a much-needed break to make up for lost time, we explain how to turn 23 days of annual leave into 53 days off.

The trick works by booking around bank holidays and weekends, focusing on April, May and August this year.

You won't actually get any more time off work - but it will feel like it as you'll get longer holiday breaks with fewer days off used.

How to get 53 days off work by booking just 23 days holiday

WITH a bit of planning, you can more than double your holiday. Here's how it works

  • March and April 2021 - book eight days off for a 16-day holiday

Book off: March 29-31 and April 1, 6-9

Bank holidays: April 2 and April 5

Your holiday: March 27-April 11

  • May bank holidays 2021 - book four days off twice for two nine-day holidays

Book off: May 4-7 and June 1-4

Bank holiday: May 3 and May 31

Your holiday: May 1-9, May 29-June 6

  • August bank holiday 2021 - book four days off for a nine-day holiday

Book off: August 31-September 3

Bank holiday: August 30

Your holiday: August 28-September 5

  • Christmas 2021 - book three days off for a ten-day holiday

Book off: December 29-31

Bank holiday: December 27, December 28 and January 3

Your holiday: December 25-January 3 

Keen to do it? Let's break it down for you.

Next year, Good Friday falls on April 2 and Easter Monday on April 5.

So if you take eight days off in March and April around those days - March 29, 30, 31 and April 1, 6, 7, 8 and 9 - that will equate to 16 days' holiday.

If you also book four days off after bank holiday Monday on May 3, you'll get another nine-day break.

The same applies for the bank holiday on May 31, meaning you'll get May 29 until June 6 off work.

And in August, you can maximise the August 30 bank holiday by booking off August 31, as well as September 1, 2 and 3.

Once again, this will turn four days of annual leave into another nine-day holiday.

Plus, if you're already planning your time off for Christmas and New Year's this year, you'll be pleased to know that you only need to take three days off to get a ten-day holiday.

This is because Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day fall on a weekend, meaning December 27, December 28 and January 3 will be substitute bank holidays.

When are the bank holidays in 2021?

BELOW is the full list of remaining bank holidays this year.

  • April 2, 2021 - Good Friday
  • April 5, 2021 - Easter Monday
  • May 3, 2021 - Early May bank holiday
  • May 31, 2021 - Spring bank holiday
  • August 30, 2021 - Summer bank holiday
  • December 27, 2021 - Christmas Day (substitute day)
  • December 28, 2021 - Boxing Day (substitute day)
  • January 3, 2022 - New Year's Day (substitute day)

Before you get too excited, keep in mind this plan sadly only works if you're on a normal shift pattern and get weekends and bank holidays off.

Your manager also has to approve any holiday requests before you get time off.

Full-time workers in the UK are entitled to 28 days paid leave a year, including bank holidays, even during the coronavirus crisis.

You can figure out how many days holiday you are entitled to by taking the amount of days a week you work and multiplying that number by 5.6.

If all of that time off wasn’t enough, Brits can also look forward to another bank holiday in 2022 on June 3.

The additional holiday is to mark the Queen’s 70th year on the throne.

Queen Elizabeth II will have reigned as monarch for 70 years on February 6, 2022 - the first time a British sovereign will have been on the throne for seven decades.

Brits will get an extra bank holiday in 2022 to mark the Queen’s 70-year reign with a FOUR-DAY break

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Our Guide to Last-Minute Holiday 2021 Travel

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For many travelers, the 2020 holiday season was a bust (thanks, COVID). Does it have to be that way this year? Lingering uncertainty has lead to a last-minute decision-making mindset when it comes to travel. (We’ll blame the pandemic, though many of us suffered this affliction well before 2020.)

“Everyone has been playing the wait-and-see game,” says Joshua Bush, CEO of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania–based Avenue Two Travel, and a member of AFAR’s Travel Advisory Council (TAC). “However, it’s not the year for that strategy.”

Noted.

Apparently, while some of us were dragging our feet on fall and winter travel, there were plenty of people who did plan ahead (curses), likely feeling the pull to get together with friends and family after a year of missed opportunities. Availability may be scarce in certain holiday hot spots and prices may be on the rise, but there is still hope.

“Many people booked trips for this year’s holidays and now that final payments are coming due, they are deciding to cancel for a number of reasons,” says William Kiburz, vice president of St. Louis–based Coronet Travel Ltd, another TAC member. Kiburz says that people who planned several potential holidays are now canceling the plans that didn’t make the cut; they may back out because of a lack of reliable flights or the crush of COVID testing requirements and preflight paperwork. (Their overplanning is our gain?)

“So, this can actually be a great time to look,” says Kiburz.

Travel advisors, insiders, and travel booking sites gave us the inside scoop on what availability is left, at what cost, and when and where to book holiday travel.

Tips for finding holiday travel deals

Repeat after us: Book your holiday travel ASAP. Say it again so we know you’re paying attention: Book your holiday travel ASAP.

“Pricing for holiday airfare at the moment is quite good,” says Willis Orlando, member operations specialist for airfare deals newsletter Scott’s Cheap Flights (a great way to track said holiday airfare deals). “We’ve seen more last-minute deals both domestically and internationally in the last few months. If you haven’t locked in your Thanksgiving plans yet, you may still have an opportunity to grab one of those $155 round-trip coast-to-coast flights we’ve been seeing pop up lately.”

Scott’s Cheap Flights warns that the odds of snagging low-cost tickets decline the closer we get to Thanksgiving. Once we’re about three weeks out from Thanksgiving, “you can expect prices to soar,” the service warns in its 2021 Thanksgiving Travel Guide.

Travel booking site Hopper agrees that time is of the essence to get a decent price for the holidays. Hopper recommends booking both Thanksgiving and December flights no later than Halloween. After that, airfare is expected to increase 40 percent leading up to the week of Thanksgiving, and for Christmas, the absolute last call for booking flights is Thanksgiving (November 25) .

Travel booking site Expedia reports that the most expensive travel dates around the holidays are the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (November 24) and Thursday, December 23. Those planning a post-Christmas trip should avoid departing on Tuesday, December 28.

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“Historically, shifting departure dates to the week before or after each holiday will yield savings. For example, departing on or before November 19 in 2019 resulted in a savings of nearly 15 percent compared to departing the day before Thanksgiving. For Christmas, departing between December 13 and 17 could save travelers more than 10 percent. Traveling on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day also often results in cheaper fares,” Expedia told AFAR in an email.

Canceled flights, vacation rental scarcity, and overbooked hot spots—how to handle holiday 2021 travel hurdles

Getting desperate for a good deal? Consider flying on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day.

Service issues with flights and hotels

Let’s talk about the elephant in the holiday travel room: potential service problems. By now, you’ve likely seen or heard about the massive issues with flight cancellations (Southwest being the latest to make headlines). There’s some concern the issues may persist into the busy holiday travel season.

We’ll revisit some tips we shared in a recent story about flight cancellations to help travelers avoid getting stranded:

  • Book the earliest flight out you can. “The first flight of the day is more important now than ever,” says William J. McGee, an aviation expert and author of the book Attention All Passengers. “You should book that 6 a.m. departure,” as delays tend to pile up later in the day.
  • Try to take a nonstop over a connection, even if that means an increase in airfare. As McGee notes, “Why double your chances of a problem if you can avoid it?”
  • Get to the airport earlier than usual and prepare for crowded conditions—at all stages of the journey. “Travelers are facing unforeseen delays such as scarce parking and long checkpoint lines, long before they can get to a gate,” Southwest Airlines advises.
  • Build some buffer time into your plans. Hopper recommends that you “consider flying in a day early.” The company also offers a “rebooking protection” feature that gives travelers the option of choosing a flight on another airline if their flight is disrupted or canceled.
  • Know your rights as a flier. Airlines are not required to compensate passengers when flights are delayed or canceled due to problems such as bad weather that are deemed beyond their control. If your flight is canceled, you’re entitled to a full refund, even on a nonrefundable ticket, if the airline canceled the flight, not you.

With hotels, the issue is a slightly different one. It’s not that your reservation will be canceled, but that the service you receive when you get there won’t be up to snuff due to ongoing staffing issues.

“With rates in certain destinations higher than 2019 and service levels at an all-time low due to staffing shortages” travelers need to make sure their “expectations [are] aligned with the current environment,” says Avenue Two Travel’s Bush. Heading into the festive season, hotels and resorts could still have “reduced capacities, fewer food and beverage outlets, and less overall staff.”

Bush says this is where having a travel advisor can really help. Tuned-in travel sellers can secure dining reservations, spa appointments, and book private cabanas, “ensuring you still get the vacation you were hoping for despite service level changes. The way you traveled in 2019 is very different than the way you travel successfully today. Reservations have become compulsory when it comes to in-destination plans, especially on peak holiday dates,” says Bush.

Everyone is looking for snow and sun

Thinking of heading south of the border for the holidays? You’re not alone.

Because we clearly haven’t reinvented the holiday travel wheel, the majority of travelers this season are searching for popular ski resorts or chasing the sun in warmer-weather destinations like Hawaii, Florida, and Mexico, according to Expedia.

Part of the issue is that longer-haul international travel is still less attractive to many due to the pandemic—there are travelers who remain concerned about health and safety issues (including for as-of-yet unvaccinated children) or who are deterred by overwhelming COVID vaccine and testing requirements for international travel. That means some closer-to-home destinations are even harder or more expensive to book than they may have been prepandemic.

Another potential problem is that with the U.S. border reopening to European and other foreign leisure travelers and to travelers from Canada and Mexico crossing by land in November, the competition for reservations in popular domestic travel destinations is heating up.

Expedia reports that U.S. hot spots seeing strong demand for holiday travel this year include ski towns like Jackson Hole, Florida beaches, and national parks such as Yellowstone.

Kiburz tells us that for those struggling to find the right domestic holiday trip, Coronet Travel works with Alpine International “who can handle any ski or winter destination bookings.”

According to Hopper, the most popular domestic destinations for holiday travel—which in our last-minute travel book might be ones to avoid—are Orlando, Dallas, Phoenix, and Puerto Rico. For international travel, Cancun and Mexico City in Mexico are seeing a rise in bookings.

Vacation rentals

Airbnb reports that Oahu is among its most searched destinations for the holidays.

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You know what could be great this holiday season? Let’s get the family or some friends together in a house to celebrate making it through a pretty awful 18 months. Sound like a good idea? Yeah, it did to everyone else, too. Vacation rental behemoth Vrbo tells AFAR that “travelers started locking in their holiday rentals as early as July.”  

There’s been a 45 percent increase in demand for Vrbo homes near ski resorts, when compared to 2019, and warmer beach locales have seen more interest, too, which means it’ll be harder to find homes in some of the most popular snow-filled and sun-drenched destinations.

Vrbo suggests looking into alternative ski destinations, such as Winter Park, Colorado; Mammoth Lakes, California; Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania; and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Be sure to check our après-ski guide for additional ideas on where to go to embrace winter activities and the post-slopes scene.

The top-trending destinations (read: ones that could give you booking problems) on Airbnb for the Christmas holiday time frame are:

Maybe this is the year to plan a road trip to a more under-the-radar state park, to one of these alternatives to the most popular national parks, or to one of our favorite U.S. small towns instead.

Holiday 2021 travel alternatives

New York can be magical in winter.

Big cities for the big holidays

Some of our favorite cities—New York, San Francisco, and Boston—continue to “offer up some the best deals around in terms of hotel prices, with savings for the holidays ranging from 10 to 35 percent compared to 2019,” Expedia reports.

“If you’re headed to a city that historically has relied heavily on business travelers such as New York, Chicago, or San Francisco, you can expect broad availability and lower prices than in years past,” says Scott’s Cheap Flights’ Orlando.

He notes that in Northern California’s Bay Area, prices are still down more than 30 percent compared to prepandemic levels, “as a dearth of business and international travelers has left loads of hotel rooms open.” 

Head to newly opened and far-flung international destinations

Fiji is opening to vaccinated U.S. travelers on December 1. We’re just saying.

For those willing to jump through some international travel hoops (COVID vaccination and testing requirements among them), some of the most newly opened (to U.S. travelers) destinations may offer a great way to get away from the crowds.

In recent weeks, international locales including Argentina, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Singapore, and Thailand have all announced reopening plans, meaning now is the time to book before travel there starts really rebounding.

Kate Doty, managing director of Geographic Expeditions and an AFAR TAC member, says she can still book clients in destinations that include Thailand, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa, Jordan, Turkey, Mexico, Panama, Fiji, Chile, Argentina, and Colombia this holiday season.

Costa Rica has less availability than the above destinations, but she said she can probably still make it happen.

“If you are open and have time, there are amazing adventures available,” she advises.

International travel during the COVID-19 pandemic

International travel requirements and restrictions continue to evolve throughout the pandemic. Check the U.S. State Department’s detailed COVID-19 travel information and country-specific advisories, which are updated regularly. We often cross-check these references with entry requirements that are published by each individual country’s foreign or public health affairs office for the latest.

Additionally, all international passengers age two and older flying into the U.S. (including returning U.S. citizens and permanent residents) must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test procured within three days before boarding their flight to the United States.

The CDC also has detailed recommendations for travel during the pandemic, both for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.

Barbara Peterson contributed reporting.

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Public holidays in South Africa

South Africa has 12 public holidays as determined by the Public Holidays Act (Act No 36 of 1994) [PDF]. The Act determines whenever any public holiday falls on a Sunday, the Monday following on it shall be a public holiday.

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1 January: New Year’s Day

21 March: Human Rights Day

22 March: Public holiday **

2 April: Good Friday *

5 April: Family Day

27 April: Freedom Day

1 May: Workers' Day

16 June: Youth Day

9 August: National Women’s Day

24 September: Heritage Day

1 November: Local government elections

16 December: Day of Reconciliation

25 December: Christmas Day

26 December: Day of Goodwill

27 December: Public holiday **

* The dates on which Good Friday and Easter Sunday fall are determined according to the ecclesiastical moon. That varies each year but they fall at some point between late March and late April.

**The Public Holidays Act (Act No 36 of 1994 [PDF]) determines whenever any public holiday falls on a Sunday, the Monday following on it shall be a public holiday.

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1 January: New Pay my bill xfinity mobile Day

21 March: Human Rights Day

15 April: Good Friday *

18 April: Family Day

27 April: Freedom Day

1 May: Workers' Day

2 May: Public holiday Workers' Day observed **

16 June: Youth Day

9 August: National Women’s Day

24 September: Heritage Day

16 December: Day of Reconciliation

25 December: Christmas Day

26 December: Day of Goodwill

* The dates on which Good Friday and Easter Sunday fall are determined according to the ecclesiastical moon. That varies each year but they fall at some point between late March and late April.

**The Public Holidays Act (Act No 36 of 1994 [PDF]) determines whenever any public holiday falls on a Sunday, the Monday following on it shall be a public holiday.

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1 January: New Year’s Day

2 January: Public holiday New Year's Day observed **

21 March: Human Rights Day

7 April: Good Friday *

10 April: Family Day

27 April: Freedom Day

1 May: Book holiday for december 2020 Day

16 June: Youth Day

9 August: National Women’s Day

24 September: Heritage Day

25 September: Public holiday Heritage Day observed **

16 December: Day of Reconciliation

25 December: Christmas Day

26 December: Day of Goodwill

* The dates on which Good Friday and Easter Sunday fall are determined according to the ecclesiastical moon. That varies each year but they fall at some point between late March and late April.

**The Public Holidays Act (Act No 36 of 1994 [PDF]) determines whenever any public holiday falls on a Sunday, the Monday following on it shall be a public holiday.

21 March [Human Rights Day]

The Bill of Rights contained in the Constitution is the cornerstone of democracy in South Africa.

The Constitution provides for the establishment of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC). The aim of the Commission is to promote respect for human rights, promote the protection, development and attainment of human rights, and to monitor and assess the observance of human rights in SA. The SAHRC was launched on 21 March 1996, 35 years after the fateful events of 21 March 1960 when demonstrators in Sharpeville were gunned down by police.

The Native Laws Amendment Act of 1952 extended Government control over the movement of Africans to urban areas and abolished the use of the Pass Book (a document which Africans were required to carry on them to 'prove' that they were allowed to enter a 'white area') in favour of a reference book which had to be carried at all times by all Africans.

Failure to produce the reference book on demand by the police, was a punishable offence. The Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) proposed an anti-Pass campaign to start on 21 March 1960. All African men were to take part in the campaign without their passes and present themselves for arrest.

Campaigners gathered at police stations in townships near Johannesburg where they were dispersed by police. At the Sharpeville police station a scuffle broke out. Part of a wire fence was trampled, allowing the crowd to move forward. The police opened fire, apparently without having been given a prior order to do so. Sixty-nine people were killed and 180 wounded.

In apartheid South Africa this day became known as Sharpeville Day and although not part of the official calendar of public holidays the event was commemorated among anti-apartheid movements.

27 April [Freedom Day]

Freedom Day commemorates the first democratic elections book holiday for december 2020 in South Africa on 27 April 1994. Read more about Freedom Day celebrations.

16 June [Youth Day]

In 1975 protests started in African schools after a directive from the then Bantu Education Department that Afrikaans had to be used on an equal basis with English as a language of instruction in secondary schools. The issue, however, was not so much the Afrikaans as the whole system of Bantu education which was characterised by separate schools and universities, poor facilities, overcrowded classrooms and inadequately trained teachers. On 16 June 1976 more than 20 000 pupils from Soweto began a protest march. In the wake of clashes with the police, and the violence that ensued during 1st 2nd and 3rd person point of view definition next few weeks, approximately 700 people, many of them youths, were killed and property destroyed.

Youth Day, previously known as Soweto Day, commemorates these events.

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9 August [National Women's Day]

This day commemorates 9 August 1956 when women participated in a national march to petition against pass laws (legislation that required African persons to carry a document on them to 'prove' that they were allowed to enter a 'white area').

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24 September [Heritage Day]

"The day is one of our newly created public holidays and its significance rests in recognising aspects of South African culture which are both tangible and difficult to pin down: creative expression, our historical inheritance, language, the food we eat as well as the land in which we live.

"Within a broader social and political context, the day's events…are a powerful agent for promulgating a South African identity, fostering reconciliation and promoting the notion that variety is a national asset as opposed to igniting conflict.

"Heritage has defined as "that which we inherit: the sum total of wild life and scenic parks, sites of scientific or historical importance, national monuments, historic buildings, works of art, literature and music, oral traditions and museum collections together with their documentation."

(Statement issued by the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, 17 September 1996)

In an address marking Heritage Day in 1996, (former) President Mandela stated:

"When our first democratically-elected government decided to make Heritage Day one of our national days, we did so because we knew that our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our new nation.

We did so knowing that the struggles against the injustice and inequities of the past are part of our national identity; they are part of our culture. We knew that, if indeed our nation has to rise like the proverbial phoenix from the ashes of division and conflict, we had to acknowledge those whose selfless efforts and talents were dedicated to this goal of non-racial democracy."

Government determines a theme for each year's celebrations.

More on Heritage Day

16 December [Day of Reconciliation]

In apartheid South Africa 16 December was known as Day of the Vow, as the Voortrekkers in preparation for the battle on 16 December against the Zulus took a Vow before God that they would build a church and that they and their descendants would observe the day as a day of thanksgiving should they be granted victory. With the advent of democracy in South Africa 16 December retained its status as a public holiday, however, this time with the purpose of fostering reconciliation and national unity.

During the earlier part of the 19th century, many Afrikaner farmers left the eastern cape and moved inland. Among them was the Voortrekkers, a group of Afrikaners protesting British colonialism and seeking independent republics on what was reputedly empty land. But the land was not empty and clashes between these Afrikaners and indigenous peoples were inevitable.

Late in 1837 one of the Voortrekker leaders, Piet Retief, entered into negotiations for land with Dingane, the Zulu king. In terms of the negotiations Dingane promised the Voortrekkers land on condition they returned cattle to him stolen by Sekonyela (the Tlokwa chief). This Retief did and apparently he and Dingane signed a treaty on 6 February 1838. During the ceremony Dingane had Retief and his entourage murdered - an event which was witnessed by Francis Owen, a missionary who described the scene in his diary.

In ensuing battles between Zulus and Voortrekkers over the next few months numerous lives were lost on both sides.

On 16 December 1838 about 10 000 troops under the command of Dambuza (Nzobo) and Nhlela attacked the Voortrekkers, but the 470 Voortrekkers, with the advantage of gun powder, warded them off. Only three Voortrekkers were wounded, but more than 3 000 Zulus were killed during the battle.

More information

Sources:

  • Public Holidays Act, Act No 36 of 1994
  • South Africa. Department of Home Affairs. 1994. Report of the technical working group on public holidays to the Minister's Committee. Pretoria: Department of Home Affairs.
  • Illustrated History of South Africa: The Real Story, 1989. Cape Town, Reader's Digest.
  • SIMKINS, C. 1988. The Prisoners of Tradition and the Politics of Nation-building. Johannesburg: South African Institute of Race Relations.

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Should you book a holiday for 2021 yet? And what about refunds?

It has been one of the main topics of conversation all week: can we – should we – book a holiday for 2021? And will we be able to get our money back if it does not work out?

Within hours of Boris Johnson presenting his plan on Monday to move England out of lockdown, travel websites were reporting a rush of reservations from people desperate to get a date for a break in the diary.

Caravan park owners, holiday cottage websites and the airlines reported 300% rises in bookings as the fear of missing out won the day. Despite this, booking a holiday now is something of a risk. However, you can reduce your risks considerably with the Guardian Money guide to getting away.

What do we know for certain about UK holidays?

This week’s roadmap gave some dates to get into diary, with the first important one being 12 April, which is the earliest date that those in England at least will be able to stay overnight outside their home.

It means you won’t be able to travel over the Easter holiday. But assuming infection rates have come down enough to allow ministers to approve step 2 in the roadmap, from mid-April you will be allowed to stay in self-contained accommodation, such as a holiday let, that does not have any shared indoor facilities. A holiday cottage that accommodates one family will be fine but an Airbnb in which some of the facilities such as a dining room are shared, would not.

Camping and caravanning will be allowed for those brave enough to risk the cold but, again, without shared toilet facilities – 420 fest bangor michigan you will need your own portable loo.

In England, it will be 17 May at the earliest when B&Bs, hotels, hostels and other sites with shared indoor facilities can reopen – subject to approval nearer the time.

The biggest unknowns domestically are what will happen in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Wales has yet to give any specific dates for coming out of lockdown but a Welsh government spokesperson said it was considering “the possibility of reopening self-contained accommodation for Easter”. However, it seems unlikely that English visitors would be allowed to take Easter breaks in Wales. The “stay at home” order in England lapses on 29 March but people still have to return home each night until 12 April.

The next review of restrictions in Wales will be announced on 8 March. Scotland is expected to give an update on its restrictions in mid-March. Northern Ireland is publishing its pathway to recovery next week.

Does this mean I can book UK accommodation for later in the year?

There is nothing to stop you booking anything, anywhere. Just be aware that the above dates are the earliest that the restrictions could be lifted, and could well be delayed. It is a brave person who books a nonrefundable holiday cottage for 13 April.

What do we know about foreign travel?

The absolute earliest that foreign holidays will be allowed to resume is 17 May but, again, this will only happen after a review into the safety of reopening borders is concluded. Infection rates and vaccine take-up in other countries will likely be a big factor in whether this is given the go-ahead.

Currently, there is the requirement to test travellers for Covid-19 when both leaving the UK and returning home. These measures are expected to stay in place until mid-May – as will the need to quarantine for 10 days – either in a hotel for arrivals from red list countries or at home for other travellers.

Those who are allowed to travel for essential reasons are now in most cases required to have a PCR test (£100-£175) less than 72 hours before they arrive at their destination, plus a rapid £50 antigen test less than four hours before they depart the airport, and another test on the way home. A family of four could face a testing bill almost as big as the holiday’s cost. For hotel quarantine, each adult has to pay £1,750 for the first 10 days, and £152 a day if they have to stay longer.

I’m eyeing up half-term – 31 May to 4 June – will I get book holiday for december 2020 then?

Staying in the UK – if you can find room at the inn – will be the safest bet, with self-contained accommodation the most likely to be given the green light. Assuming infection rates continue to fall, England and Wales should be fully open to domestic tourists. It is harder to say what the position will be in Scotland, which has so far taken a more cautious approach.

Foreign travel is much less certain – on Wednesday the home secretary, Priti Patel, declined to say whether international travel will be able to resume this summer, saying it was “too early” to book a holiday now.

Those ignoring that advice could find themselves technically allowed to travel but subject to the Covid testing regime described above. Plenty of adults will have been vaccinated by then but many won’t have had the two doses they need to show immunity.

Most children won’t have been vaccinated and would face having to be tested. If you are determined to go ahead, you may want to opt for a package tour that is fully refundable in the event it is cancelled.

How best can I protect my money on a UK break?

Last year the Competition and Markets Authority took action against several well-known holiday cottage providers that had refused to refund customers who had been unable to use their accommodation because of lockdowns. It made it clear that anyone who finds themselves unable to travel because restrictions have not been lifted should be refunded as a matter of course. However, before you hand over the money, confirm with the company that this is the case.

Those booking on Airbnb don’t have the same protection. The US website says bookings made after March 2020 are subject to the host’s cancellation terms.

While plenty of Airbnb hosts offer cancellations up to a week before the date of travel, with generous refunds, others will take 50% or even 100% paid if you are forced to cancel, even with several weeks’ notice. The one exception to the above is if you have contracted the coronavirus, and therefore are prevented from travelling.

Note that Airbnb rarely refunds its service fees, which can be hundreds of pounds, even if you are forced to cancel because you are still locked down.

It is a similar story for hotels: you will want to find the deals with free or low-cost cancellation policies. Booking.com offers millions of 100% refundable rooms – just make sure you buy the fully refundable room you want, rather than the cheaper book holiday for december 2020 option.

Hotels are increasingly offering similar terms if you call them direct book holiday for december 2020 may have more flexible cancellation policies.

Don’t hand over your credit card details until you fully understand your liability in the event the rules don’t change as quickly as promised and you are forbidden from travelling.

How can I protect my foreign holiday booking?

Over the past decade, package holidays have been falling out of favour, with travellers opting to book their flights and accommodation separately. This year, however, a package holiday could be the safest way to go – for one simple reason: if the tour operator is forced to cancel because travel restrictions are still in place, you are entitled to a full refund via the package tour regulations – in theory, within 14 days. Also if the company goes bust before you head off to the airport, you are fully protected, and claiming the money back is relatively easy.

What if I arrange my break myself?

It is those who had booked their own DIY holidays who had the capital one walmart card customer service phone number time getting refunds last year.

Airlines are only obliged to refund a traveller if they cancel the flight. If the flight operates but you can’t be on it because restrictions remain in place, you are unlikely to be refunded – and your insurance will very likely not pay out. Once flights resume, it is unlikely they will be cancelled in large numbers as happened in 2020.

If you are booking accommodation or car hire, check the cancellation terms

Research by Which? found some airlines have been better than others at returning money to customers after cancelling flightsA survey it conducted in September found Ryanair and Virgin Atlantic were the worst rated by customers, with eight out of 10 saying they were dissatisfied with the refund service. In contrast, Jet2 and Tui scored highly for customer service, followed by British Airways and easyJet. Virgin Atlantic said refunds had been delayed at the height of the pandemic but since November it had been dealing with them within the seven days required by law.

If you are booking accommodation or car hire, check the cancellation terms and consider paying more for a booking that offers a refund in the event you can’t travel.

One crucial piece of advice is to book directly with the company providing the service. Many people are still waiting for refunds from online travel agents for flights they booked last year and then had cancelled. This has been a huge problem for Lastminute.com customers but also rivals such as Opodo and a host of others. Book with the airline direct, even if it costs more – and pay by credit not debit card for the extra consumer protection that provides.

Did any travel firms come out of last year’s chaos with their reputations intact?

Not many did but there were a few exceptions. A poll of 27,000 holidaymakers by MoneySavingExpert.com found that the best firms for Covid-related refunds were Travel Counsellors and Hays Travel.

Jet2 and Jet2 Holidays won praise, as did British Airways Holidays, Airbnb, Center Parcs, Disney Holidays and Trailfinders. The worst firms for refunds were deemed to be Travel Trolley, TravelUp and Teletext Holidays. You have been warned.

If I book a flight now will I be able to change it later?

Yes, but you may end up paying extra. Ryanair, for example, states on its website that it has dropped its flight change fees for bookings made before 31 March 2021 and will allow passengers to make up to two flight changes for travel up until 31 October 2021.

However, the airline had a similar policy last year and passengers who tried to avail of it complained that it turned out to be worthless as the new flights cost so much more.

Elsewhere, easyJet is offering those booking for this summer the option to transfer flights fee-free up to 14 days before departure. Again, if the new fare is higher, you will be asked to pay the difference. It has also offered a refund guarantee to quickly repay customers if it cancels the flight. Last spring, it was forcing customers to take vouchers and making refunds near impossible to get. British Airways has a similar fee-free change policy in place and is offering customers the chance to cancel and to take a voucher. The voucher has to be used by the end of April 2023.

Will I be covered by my travel insurance cover if the trip is cancelled?

The good news is that you can buy cover against having to cancel because you are ill: according to Defaqto, about 70% of insurance policies on sale will cover how to get my amazon login id costs should you test positive for Covid before you travel. A third of policies – typically the more expensive ones – will pick up the holiday’s merrimack county savings bank jobs if you cannot go because you have formally been told to self-isolate. Most policies now cover medical expenses should you catch the coronavirus while abroad.

However, in March last year travel insurers all rewrote their policies to bar future cancellation claims from passengers prevented from travelling by the imposition of a government lockdown. So don’t expect a payout if that is why your trip is cancelled.

I have a holiday booked that was moved forward from last year – what are my rights?

Unless things change quickly, those who had a 2020 May half-term trip cancelled, and consequently rescheduled for this year, may well find it cancelled again – in which case you can ask for a full refund or a rebooking. If you are in that boat and no longer wish to travel, it is probably a case of holding your nerve and waiting for the tour operator to cancel.

It is because the tour operator is not obliged to refund you if it cancelled last year’s trip but if you agreed to a new booking this year, the new booking is deemed to be a new contract, with its own cancellation terms.

If you have an Abta refund credit note (rather than a voucher) you can ask for a cash refund at the note’s expiry date. It also retains the financial protection that you had with your original booking, meaning you are covered if the company collapses before you get to redeem it.

I don’t want to be vaccinated – will I be able to travel abroad?

You will but you may find certain avenues closed to you, and it will most likely involve expensive pre-travel Covid tests in both directions. Some countries and holiday firms may require you to have been vaccinated, and to be able to prove it.

What about vaccine passports?

Whether Britons can travel abroad this year could come down to whether they have had the Covid-19 vaccine.

The travel company Saga has already announced that customers booking one of its cruises or other breaks will not be able to get onboard without proof they have been vaccinated, and the Australian airline Qantas has said the same.

Proof may come in the form of a vaccine passport. Broadly speaking, a vaccine passport is a mobile app or similar system that can prove the bearer has been vaccinated, tested positive for Covid antibodies or recently received a negative test.

Earlier this month, British Airways said that digital health apps and wallets “will likely become commonplace when travel opens up again”. It is conducting a trial of a mobile travel health app, called VeriFLY, across all inbound international flights to the UK. The app – which is optional for passengers – allows people to combine travel verification documents and Covid-19 test results in one place.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents almost 300 airlines, was this week promoting its Travel Pass app-based system. Other systems are also undergoing trials.

The IATA Travel Pass will let people store and manage data relating to the Covid tests and vaccinations they have had.

It would involve lab and testing centre results being sent securely to the passenger’s phone. The app would check whether this meets the requirements of their destination(s) and gives a “green tick” to those who are good to go. The passenger would then be able to show their phone displaying this to airport staff and other officials.

The Travel Pass would be free for passengers to download and use

IATA said on Wednesday that a growing list of airlines, including Air New Zealand, Etihad Airways and Singapore Airlines, had given trials, or would be conducting trials, of the Travel Pass, and it has indicated it is aiming for a full launch beginning at the end of March.

The Travel Pass will be free for passengers to download and use. It would not store any data centrally, and the plan is that there would be paper-based alternatives for those who don’t have a smartphone.

This week it emerged that Greece is in “technical” talks with the UK over allowing Britons carrying a vaccine passport to travel to its tourist hotspots from May.

But while some summer holiday hotspots appear keen to get things moving quickly, other countries have raised concerns about how the passports might work, with some worried about privacy and potential discrimination.

What are the travel experts’ holiday plans?

Tom Hall, elizabeth banks hot images of Lonely Planet’s Best Ever Travel Tips: “We took a few punts on Airbnbs and self-catering for Easter and May bank holidays, more in hope than expectation that we might be able to go to Cornwall and Yorkshire, where the bookings were for. In both cases we contacted the owners in advance and talked through their cancellation policy, then made sure we had it in on an email. One of these was a rearranged booking from last year, so we’re on first-name terms. After Monday we were fortunate to be able to move the dates for the Easter booking, so, all being well, both will go ahead.

“I’m not booking anything overseas now for August but leaving a window to fit something into. There should be good availability of accommodation in many places, especially cities, with a second summer without long-haul visitors coming up. Airlines were pretty nimble last year, moving capacity as destinations opened and closed, so should move to make the most of opportunities as countries hopefully open up. The same goes for Eurostar and European rail services. We took a NightJet sleeper from Venice to Vienna last summer and it was the highlight of everyone’s year – total cost €249 for five of us and booked one day in advance. We’re hoping for something equally spontaneous this year.”

Jane Dunford, travel editor, the Guardian: “I don’t yet have any plans but will try to get away in the UK, though I might end up having to stay with friends when it’s allowed as things are booking up fast and I’m always last minute. I’m hanging out for a bit of European sunshine towards the end of summer or even autumn.”

Rory Boland, editor, Which? Travel: “There is too much financial risk to booking a holiday abroad at the moment. I already have a wallet full of unwanted travel vouchers for cancelled flights from 2020 that I don’t want to add to. I think we’ll get more positive news about travel overseas in the coming months but for now I still think booking closer to home is safer. So I’ll head to Ireland, if they’ll have me. I fancy fish and chips from Shells Cafe on the beach in Strandhill with my mom and, with a run of luck, a pint in Gerties on Lough Scur in Keshcarrigan with my dad. Simple things really but made exceptional by the year we have had. Places I love, and that in lockdown I long for.”

Daisy McAuliffe, senior events executive at the Ski Club of Great Britain: “A camping trip somewhere outside of London is an exciting prospect and hopefully I will have something booked in soon. Although, my main focus will be saving up for an epic ski trip next winter – I’m thinking Canada!”

“If a friend asked me whether they should book a trip in Europe for August, I would say it is definitely worth a shot; just make sure your booking has flexible cancellation and refund options.”

Lynsey Devon, head of the travel PR firm Heaven Publicity: “Back in December I booked a trip to Borneo for the family for the summer as I had a voucher with BA and flights were really reasonable – this is for July and I expect this will be cancelled. We booked off the beaten track, getting to the heart of the country with Rickshaw Travel, so again we are covered. We have a timeshare in Aviemore if the Borneo trip does not pan out but I am desperate to get back to mainland Europe.”

This article was amended on 1 March 2021. It is the “stay at home” order in England that is scheduled to end on 29 March, not a “stay local” order as an earlier version said.

Источник: https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/feb/27/should-you-book-holiday2021-refunds-covid-lockdown

Why book with HolidayPirates?

At HolidayPirates we aim to make travel affordable and accessible for everyone. Our team has come book holiday for december 2020 all over the world to join in our mission: finding travel deals for all income levels, from backpacker’s budget trips to blowout holidays. We also love to travel (obviously) and we want to share the love with you — you’ll find travel hacks, holiday inspiration, and tips for exploring our favourite destinations on our website and social media.

What makes our deals special?

Our team of travel experts knows where to find the best value-for-money deals on flights, hotels, cruises, and more. We track down the cheapest flights, coolest holiday packages and most Insta-worthy hotels so that you don’t have to! And the best part? We publish our best deals as soon as we find them, so you can be the first to book.

What kind of deals do we have?

We know that everyone has different travel personalities, and we find deals to reflect that. For the spontaneous traveler, we have last-minute holidays; for the strict planner, early bird deals. Don’t feel like planning out a whole itinerary? Try a package holiday or a cruise and book your whole holiday in just a few clicks. Want more flexibility? Try out a flights-only deal.

From wellness breaks and beach holidays to bubble glamping and safari hotels, we always have a good mix of holidays to choose from. And we know you’re busy, so you’ll always find weekend trips, mini breaks, and UK “staycations” for some speedy R&R. We also offer deals for public holidays and events. Save money with our Christmas and New Years Eve offers.

How can you book a package tour with HolidayPirates?

Package holidays are great for reducing the stress of planning (and saving money!). We offer plenty of package holiday deals to popular destinations, but we understand that you may want something a little different. If you can’t find exactly what you are looking for in our package holidays deals, you can use our Search & Book feature to find the ideal package holiday for you. Enter your outgoing airport, dream destination, and desired dates and take your pick from the results!

Tips for booking cheap holidays

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Where can you travel with HolidayPirates?

We want to make it easy for you to travel to your favourite destinations, so you’ll frequently find deals to popular holiday spots like the Canary Islands, Thailand, Ibiza, and Greece. But we also want to inspire you to explore new areas you might not have considered — try out off-the-radar destinations in Europe like Bulgaria or Estonia or book a holiday in Africa, Asia, or the USA for something a little different.

Eco-friendly travellers will also be happy to find plenty of deals to destinations within the UK that can be reached by train or bus — think forest glamping, boutique hotels and seaside getaways.

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How to get 53 days off work this year by booking just 23 days of holiday

THE new year is finally here so it could be time to start thinking about holidays - and if you're smart, you can more than double your time off.

It comes as most Brits didn't have a holiday in 2020, with a majority of the year effectively a write-off for holidays abroad and even some staycations.

Keen for a break? You can more than double your time off in 2021 if you book around bank holidays and weekends

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After almost a year of lockdowns due to Covid-19, many Brits will be hoping for a slightly more "normal" everyday life in a few months' time.

And although many of us may still be working from home, it's important to still take time off to switch off and recharge.

If you have your sights set on a much-needed break to make up for lost time, we explain how to turn 23 days of annual leave into 53 days off.

The trick works by booking around bank holidays and weekends, focusing on April, May and August this year.

You won't actually get any more time off work - but it will feel like it as you'll get longer holiday breaks with fewer days off used.

How to get 53 days off work by booking just 23 days holiday

WITH a bit of planning, you can more than double your holiday. Here's how it works

  • March and April 2021 - book eight days off for a 16-day holiday

Book off: March 29-31 and April 1, 6-9

Bank holidays: April 2 and April 5

Your holiday: March 27-April 11

  • May bank holidays 2021 - book four days off twice for two nine-day holidays

Book off: May 4-7 and June 1-4

Bank holiday: May 3 and May 31

Your holiday: May 1-9, May 29-June 6

  • August bank holiday 2021 - book four days off for a nine-day holiday

Book off: August 31-September 3

Bank holiday: August 30

Your holiday: August 28-September 5

  • Christmas 2021 - book three days off for a ten-day holiday

Book off: December 29-31

Bank holiday: December 27, December 28 and January 3

Your holiday: December 25-January 3 

Keen to do it? Let's break it down for you.

Next year, Good Friday falls on April 2 and Easter Monday on April 5.

So if you take eight days off in March and April around those days - March 29, 30, 31 and April 1, 6, 7, 8 and 9 - that will equate to 16 days' holiday.

If you also book four days off after bank holiday Monday on May 3, you'll get another nine-day break.

The same applies for the bank holiday on May 31, meaning you'll get May 29 until June 6 off work.

And in August, you can maximise the August 30 bank holiday by booking off August 31, as well as September 1, 2 and 3.

Once again, this will turn four days of annual leave into another nine-day holiday.

Plus, if you're already planning your time off for Christmas and New Year's this year, you'll be pleased to know that you only need to take three days off to get a ten-day holiday.

This is because Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day fall on a weekend, meaning December 27, December 28 and January 3 will be substitute bank holidays.

When are the bank holidays in 2021?

BELOW is the full list of remaining bank holidays this year.

  • April 2, 2021 - Good Friday
  • April 5, 2021 - Easter Monday
  • May 3, 2021 - Early May bank holiday
  • May 31, 2021 - Spring bank holiday
  • August 30, 2021 - Summer bank holiday
  • December 27, 2021 - Christmas Day (substitute day)
  • December 28, 2021 - Boxing Day (substitute day)
  • January 3, 2022 - New Year's Day (substitute day)

Before you get too excited, keep in mind this plan sadly only works if you're on a normal shift pattern and get weekends and bank holidays off.

Your manager also has to approve any holiday requests before you get time off.

Full-time workers in the UK are entitled to 28 days paid leave a year, including bank holidays, even during the coronavirus crisis.

You can figure out how many days holiday you are entitled to by taking the amount of days a week you work and multiplying that number by 5.6.

If all of that time off wasn’t enough, Brits can also look forward to another bank holiday in 2022 on June 3.

The additional holiday is to mark the Queen’s 70th year on the throne.

Queen Elizabeth II will have reigned as monarch for 70 years on February 6, 2022 - the first time a British sovereign will have been on the throne for seven decades.

Brits will get an extra bank holiday in 2022 to mark the Queen’s 70-year reign with a FOUR-DAY break

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Источник: https://www.thesun.co.uk/money/13642101/how-53-days-off-work-23-days-annual-leave/

JANUARY 

National Braille Literacy Month (Louis Braille was born 1/4/1809)
International Creativity Month
1/2 - National Science Fiction Day (also Isaac Asimov's birthday)

1/10 - Common Sense Day (Thomas Paine's Common Sense was first published January 10, 1776)
1/12 - I'm Afraid I Can't Do That, Day -  In 2001, A Space Odyssey, HAL first goes online on January 12, 1997.
1/16 - Appreciate a Dragon Day - from Falkor to Viserion, today is the day to celebrate fictional dragons.
1/18 - Winnie the Pooh Day (A.A. Milne’s Birthday)
1/19 - Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday
1/25 - Burns Supper/Burns Night (to celebrate Scottish poet Robert Burns)
1/29 - “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe is first published
1/31 - Inspire Your Heart with the Arts Day

FEBRUARY

Love Your Library Month
National African American Read-In Month

2/1-7 - National Storytelling Week in England

2/1 - Take Your Child to the Library Day (first Saturday of February)
2/2-8 - Children's Authors and Illustrators Week (first week of February)
2/5 - World Read Aloud Day
2/8 - John Grisham's birthday
2/12 - Judy Blume's birthday
2/14 - Library Lovers’ Day
2/16 - Reading Rainbow Day (LeVar Burton's birthday)
2/22 - Edward Gorey's birthday

MARCH

Paws To Read Month - a celebration of reading dog programs

First full week – Return of Borrowed Books Week
3/1-7 - (First full week of March) – Read an eBook Week 

3/1-7 - Will Eisner Week - a celebration that promotes comics, graphic novel literacy, free speech, and the work of artist Will Eisner
3/2 - Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss’s Birthday)
3/4 - National Grammar Day

3/4 - Captain Underpants Day (Dav Pilkey's Birthday)
3/1-7 - book holiday for december 2020 full week of March) – Read an eBook Week
3/8 - National Proofreading Day
3/15 - The Ides of March (Julius Caesar is stabbed, 44 B.C.)
3/16 - Freedom of Information Day
3/17-23 - World Folk Tales and Fables Week
3/20 - Won't You Be My Neighbor? Day - Mr. Rogers's birthday! Wear a cardigan, feed the fish, and have a beautiful day in your neighborhood
3/21 - United Nations World Poetry Day
3/22 - Wonder Woman's birthday (according to the official DC Comics calendar)
3/22 - Captain James T. Kirk's birthday (If Star Trek is correct, he will be born on March 22, 2233, in Riverside, Iowa)
3/25 - Gondorian New Year - the day that the One Ring was destroyed in the fires book holiday for december 2020 Mount Doom
3/27 - Ame Dyckman's birthday - according to the author, the #1 thing you can do to celebrate is laugh!

APRIL 

National Poetry Month
4/1 - Hatching Day - celebrate the Dragonriders of Pern series on Anne McCaffrey's birthday by enjoying bubbly pies and coffee!
4/2 - International Children’s Book Day (Hans Christian Anderson’s Birthday)
4/3 - Paraprofessional Day - Celebrate your paras!
4/4-11 Money Smart Week 

4/4 - 1984 Day (the day that the protagonist of the book started writing his diary)

4/4 - National School Librarian Day
4/12 - D.E.A.R. Day (Beverly Cleary’s birthday) - Drop Everything And Read!
4/16 - Celebrate Teen Literature Day (Thursday of the second full week of April)

4/17 - Chaucer Day (both the day that the characters began their journey, and the day that Chaucer first read The Canterbury Tales to the court of King Richard II, in 1397)
4/18 - National Columnists Day (in memory of well-known columnist and 1944 Pulitzer Prize Winner Ernie Pyle, who died in WWII)
4/19-25 - National Library Week 

4/21 - National Library Workers’ Day (Tuesday of National Library Week)

4/16 - National Bookmobile Day (Wednesday of National Library Week)

4/21 - National Tea Day (in England)

4/23 - Take Action for Libraries Day (Thursday of National Library Week)

4/23 - Shakespeare’s birthday
4/23 - World Book and Copyright Day
4/24 - Library of Congress Appreciation Day - the library was founded April 24, 1800
4/27 - National Tell a Story Day

4/30 - Poem in Your Pocket Day
4/30 - Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros (Children's Day/Book Day)

MAY

Get Caught Reading Month

Mystery Month - sponsored by BookList Reader!
5/2 - Harry Potter Day (May 2 was the day of the Battle of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series; many also celebrate July 31, which is both Harry's and J.K. Rowling's birthdays)

5/4-10 - Children's Book Week (also celebrated in November)
5/4 - Intergalactic Star Wars Day ("May the Fourth be with you.")
5/2 - Free Comic Book Day (first Saturday in May)
5/9 - Peter Pan Day (James M. Barrie’s birthday)
5/12 - Limerick Day - the birthday of noted author of limerick poems, Edward Lear
5/18 - International Museums Day (spread the love and promote your museum passes!)
5/20 - Eliza Doolittle Day
5/25 - Towel Day (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Day)
5/27 - Dashiell Hammett's birthday - author of The Maltese Falcon and creator of the "hard-boiled" school of detective fiction

JUNE 

LGBT Book Month
Audiobook Appreciation Month
6/10 - Maurice Sendak's birthday. Let The Wild Rumpus Start!
6/12 -Anne Frank’s birthday (on which she received her diary)
6/14 - Caldecott Day - the Caldecott Medal was first awarded on June 14, 1938
6/16 - Bloomsday (the day on which most of James Joyce's Ulysses, whose main character is Leopold Bloom, takes place)
6/19 –-National Garfield the Cat Day (strip is first published, 1978)
6/22 - Octavia Butler's birthday
Bonus: Any beautiful Wednesday in June can be Mrs. Dalloway Day

JULY 

Read an Almanac Month
July 4-6 (official dates TBD) - National Tom Sawyer Days
7/10 - Clerihew Day (in honor of the poet Edmund Clerihew, who invented a fun style of poetry)
7/18-21 - (third week of July) – Hemingway Days takes place in the Florida Keys

7/28 - Beatrix Potter's Birthday
7/30 - National Paperback Book Day
7/31 -Harry Potter Day (July 31is both Harry's and J.K. Rowling's; many also celebrate May 2, which was the day of the Battle of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series)

AUGUST

Read a Romance Month
8/1 - Spiderman Day - The popular character debuted August 1, 1962
8/9 - Book Lovers’ Day
8/14 - Coloring Book Day
8/15 - National Relaxation Day

8/18 - Percy Jackson's Birthday - enjoy some blue food for your favorite demigod's birthday!
8/20 - H.P. Lovecraft's birthday
8/21 - Poet's Day

8/22 - World Folktale Day
8/25 - Founder's Day - the United State National Park Service was founded on August 25, 1916
8/30 - Frankenstein Day (author Mary Wollenstone Shelley was born August 30, 1797)
8/31 - We Love Memoirs Day

SEPTEMBER 

Library Card Sign-Up Month
Be Kind to Writers and Editors Month
9/5 - Erin Entrada Kelly's birthday - according to the author, the #1 thing you can do to celebrate is swap book recommendations!
9/6 - Read a Book Day
9/7 - Google Day (Google was founded on September 7, 1998 by Sergey Brin and Larry Page)
9/8 - International Literacy Day
9/13 - Roald Dahl Day
9/15 - International Dot Day (based on the book by Peter Book holiday for december 2020. Reynolds)

9/18 -  Read an eBook Day
9/22 - Hobbit Day
9/22 - Dear Diary Day

9/25 - National Comic Book Day
Last week of Sept. - Banned Books Week
Wednesday of Banned Books Week - Banned Websites Awareness Day

OCTOBER 

National Book Month (no longer sponsored by the National Book Foundation, but we can celebrate anyway)
National Reading Group Month
National Medical Librarians Month
National Arts and Humanities Month

National Graphic Novel Writing Month

National Cookbook Month

TeenTober - replacing Teen Tech Week and Teen Book Week
10/2 - Phileas Fogg's Wager Day - "I will bet twenty thousand pounds against anyone who wishes, that I will make a tour of the world in eighty days or less."
10/4-10 (first full week of October) National Mystery Series Week
10/6 - Mad Hatter Day (because his hat says 10/6)
10/11 - Myths and Legends Day
10/16 - Dictionary Day (Noah Webster’s Birthday)
10/18 - Newspaper Comic Strip Day - the first newspaper comic strip ever run was "The Yellow Kid Takes a Hand at Golf" by Richard Fenton Outcault, on October 18, 1896.
10/18-24 National Friends of Libraries Week

NOVEMBER 

Picture Book Month
National Family Literacy Month
National Novel Writing Month
11/1 - National Family Literacy Day
11/1 - National Authors Day
11/1-7 (first full week of November) - International Games Week
11/6 - National Non-Fiction Day (it's "national" in England; let's spread it internationally!)
11/8-14 - National Young Readers Week (starts amelia married at first sight Monday of the second full week in November) - in conjunction with the Library of Congress and the Pizza Hut Book It! Program

11/8-14 - Children's Book Week (also celebrated in May)

11/10 - Neil Gaiman's birthday
11/10 - Sesame Street Premier Day (November 10, 1969)
11/14 - Astrid Lindgren’s birthday (author of Pippi Longstocking)
11/15 - I Love to Write Day
11/16 - World Philosophy Day
11/18 - High-Five a Librarian Day
11/30 - Joy of Cooking publication anniversary, November 30, 1924 - cookbook clubs, unite!

DECEMBER

Read a New Book Month
12/1 - Sherlock Holmes Day (“A Study in Scarlet” was said to have been first published 12/1/1887 - this is actually in dispute, but we can still celebrate)
12/2 - Kate Milford's birthday (author of Greenglass House). The author says the best way to celebrate is to tell someone else a story.
12/10 - Dewey Decimal System Day (Melville Dewey's birthday)
12/16 - Jane Austen’s birthday
12/21 - Celebrate Short Fiction Day - The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year. Why not celebrate with some short stories?
12/24 - Jolabokaflod - the "Christmas Book Flood" is an Icelandic tradition, in which people open gifts of books on Christmas Eve, and retire to bed early to read them.

Источник: http://www.5minlib.com/2020/01/literary-holidays-to-celebrate-all-year.html

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Let’s finish out this year strong—here’s the best book club picks for December 2020!

It’s been a year unlike any other. But among all the hardships we all have faced, we still have books! Let’s hope for 2021 for things to get back to normal. Be sure to check out my huge list of must-read book club picks for 2021. There’s so many fantastic books coming out next year that you’ll never run out of anything to read.

So my monthly lists are typically dedicated to new books publishing that month or recently published books but I think we could all use a bit more holiday cheer. So I decided to list five holiday-themed books that will end the year on a high note.

Let’s get into the best book club picks for December 2020!

One Day in December by Josie Silver is one of my favorite reads of the past couple of years! The story starts off in the holiday season so it counts as a holiday read for me. It’s so heartwarming and impactful. I hope they make this story into a movie or TV series sometime in the future. Here’s the synopsis:

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away.

Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.

You can order the book on Amazon here. Check out my book club questions here.


I’m not typically a romance reader so I wasn’t sure if The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan would be for me. But a friend sent me her copy and I’m so glad she did! There is romance in this story but it’s very much about families. It’s quite a touching story! Here’s the synopsis:

In the snowy Highlands of Scotland, Suzanne McBride is dreaming of the perfect cozy Christmas. Her three adopted daughters are coming home for the holidays and she can’t wait to see them. But tensions are running high…

Workaholic Hannah knows she can’t avoid spending the holidays with her family two years in a row. But it’s not the weight of their expectations that’s panicking her—it’s the life-changing secret she’s hiding. Stay-at-home mom Beth is having a personal crisis. All she wants for Christmas is time to decide if she’s ready to return to work—seeing everyone was supposed to help her stress levels, not increase them! Posy isn’t sure she’s living her best life, but with her parents depending on her, making a change seems risky. But not as risky as falling for gorgeous new neighbor Luke…

As Suzanne’s dreams of the perfect McBride Christmas unravel, she must rely on the magic of the season to bring her daughters together. But will this new togetherness teach the sisters that their close-knit bond is strong enough to withstand anything—including a family Christmas?

You can order the book on Amazon here. Check out my book club questions here.


So Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak was written way before our current pandemic situation. But it does feature a family having to quarantine during the holiday season because of an illness (in this case, similar to ebola). I read this back in 2018 but it would be interesting to read it now with how the world has changed. But it’s very much a holiday and family-driven story. Here’s the synopsis:

It’s Christmas, and for the first time in years the entire Birch family will be under one roof. Even Emma and Andrew’s elder daughter—who is usually off saving the world—will be joining them at Weyfield Hall. But Olivia, a doctor, is only coming home because she has to. She’s just returned from treating an epidemic abroad and has been told she must stay in quarantine for a week…and so too should her family.

For the next seven days, the Birches are locked down, cut off from the rest of humanity, and forced into each other’s orbits. Younger, unabashedly frivolous daughter Phoebe is fixated on her upcoming wedding, while Olivia deals with the culture shock of first-world problems. 

As Andrew sequesters himself in his study writing scathing restaurant reviews and remembering his glory days as a war correspondent, Emma hides a secret that will turn the whole family upside down. 

In close proximity, not much can stay hidden for long, and as revelations and long-held tensions come to light, nothing is more shocking than the unexpected guest who’s about to arrive&hellip.

You can order the book on Amazon here. Check out my book club questions here.


Another Sarah Morgan holiday story for you! I really liked A Wedding in December as well. The setting is great in Colorado and it’s also focused on family dynamics during the holidays. Here’s the synopsis:

In the snowy perfection of Aspen, the White family gathers for youngest daughter Rosie’s whirlwind Christmas wedding. First to arrive are the bride’s parents, Maggie and Nick. Their daughter’s marriage is a milestone they are determined to celebrate wholeheartedly, but they are hiding a huge secret of their own: they are on the brink of divorce. After living apart for the last six months, the last thing they need is to be trapped together in an irresistibly romantic winter wonderland.

Rosie’s older sister, Katie, is also dreading the wedding. Worried that impulsive, sweet-hearted Rosie is making a mistake, Katie is determined to save her sister from herself! If only the irritatingly good-looking best man, Jordan, would stop interfering with her plans…

Bride-to-be Rosie loves her fiancé but is having serious second thoughts. Except everyone has arrived—how can she tell them she’s not sure? As the big day gets closer, and emotions run even higher, this is one White family Christmas none of them will ever forget!

You can order the book on Amazon here. Check out my book club questions here.


So this is the only one on the list I haven’t read yet but I’ve been meaning to read this one! I loved Meet Me in Monaco by these authors and so I know this will be an impactful read. Also, this is a historical fiction novel so something different from the other holiday contemporary options. Here’s the synopsis:

August 1914. England is at war. As Evie Elliott watches her brother, Will, and his best friend, Thomas Harding, depart for the front, she believes—as everyone does—that it will be over by Christmas, when the trio plan to celebrate the holiday among the romantic cafes of Paris.

But as history tells us, it all happened so differently… 

Evie and Thomas experience a very different war. Frustrated by life as a privileged young lady, Evie longs to play a greater part in the conflict—but how?—and as Thomas struggles with the unimaginable realities of war he also faces personal battles back home where War Office regulations on press reporting cause trouble at his father’s newspaper business. Through their letters, Evie and Thomas share their greatest hopes and fears—and grow ever fonder from afar. Can love flourish amid the horror of the First World War, or will fate intervene?

Christmas 1968. With failing health, Thomas returns to Paris—a cherished packet of letters in hand—determined to lay to rest the ghosts of his past. But one final letter is waiting for him…

You can order the book on Amazon here.

Happy reading and happy holidays!

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