Chances are, your annual leave usage for 2020 was pretty low. The one-two punch of east coast bushfires followed by a global pandemic meant a lot of us cancelled summer holidays and European vacations. Then, lockdowns meant even domestic travel was seriously limited (and in some cases, off the cards entirely).

But 2021 is looking more positive. Hopefully state borders will have opened, and Aussie adventures will be on the cards. If you’re considering a road trip across Western Australia, a tour of the Northern Territory or a jaunt in Queensland’s tropical rainforests, this handy annual leave hack could be the trick extending your next holiday.

Global business brand Instant Offices has created a nifty calendar that outlines how you can maximise your annual leave.

For example, if you book December 25, 2020 to January 3, 2021, you only need to take three days of annual leave, but you can head off for ten. This is because Christmas Day falls on a Friday this year, so the only annual leave dates are the 29, 30 and 31 of December.

Similarly, booking April 6 to April 9, 2021 as annual leave will allow you to head off for ten days, as these dates land between the Easter weekend and the following weekend.

It’s definitely worth getting across the public holiday periods in 2021 before booking any holidays – and this handy graphic also shows you which public holidays align well with weekends.

The not-so-good news? Aligning all your annual leave with these dates might mean hiked-up accommodation prices, as public holidays often line up with school holidays. Damn.