The 2019 holiday hack saving you annual leave

When you’re a kid, there’s NEVER enough school holidays! Just seeing them do a happy dance when there’s a teacher-only day is testament to that! Well, in 2019, the kids are not going to be happy at losing several holidays – though parents might be!

There’s currently a ‘holiday hack’ doing the rounds of the internet on how Monday to Friday workers may be able to get 10 days off in a row in 2019 by using only three days of annual leave – and it’s during the school holidays! It’s possible due to the fact that Easter and ANZAC Day are close together during the April break between terms one and two.

How to get 10 days off by using only 3 days leave

  • You finish work on Thursday 18th April
  • Friday 19th April is Good Friday – public holiday
  • Then it’s the weekend
  • Monday 22nd is Easter Monday – public holiday
  • Book off annual leave for Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th April
  • ANZAC Day is Thursday 25th April – public holiday
  • Book off one more day, Friday 26th April
  • The weekend rolls around again
  • Then you’re back at work on Monday 29th April

Of course, that also means that the kids won’t effectively be getting breaks for Easter or ANZAC Day as it’s already included in their two week term break. Sorry kids!

And those of us who are self-employed, working shifts or weekends – well, we will just have to seek sympathy with the kids.

For more information on school terms, holidays and public holidays for 2019, click on over to our school term guide.

This article was written by Julie Scanlon, Editor for Kidspot NZ.

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  1. Shelz69 02/12/2018 at 8:06 am

    What a great hack. Thank for sharing, its always hard with leave when you are a parent especially when you use your stick days up for there sick days. Ill be booking these in today.

  2. kymmage 30/11/2018 at 6:37 pm

    I was told about this a few months back and booked in with my hubby too. My boss said, gosh that’s forward thinking. I said yeah but did you see how much time off I get!? So he booked too haha

  3. Alezandra 28/11/2018 at 8:35 pm

    Good way to plan 2019 family holidays. Won’t work much with my hubby who’s on contract with her current job. So he doesn’t really accumulate leaves. Need to consider that probably places will be packed with holiday makers as well. And ticket and hotel prices go up.

  4. MuddledUpMolly 26/11/2018 at 3:13 pm

    Ooh this a great life hack! I will be showing this to hubby as he will have accrued enough leave by then and as I will be on PPL, we will all get to enjoy some good quality family time together 🙂

  5. dawnblyth 23/11/2018 at 10:10 am

    There was something similar a couple of years back where this happened too, my husband took advantage of it then and it was a fantastic way of getting a good break from work without using too many holiday days. Unfortunately he is in a new job now where he doesn’t get holidays yet, temping, so he will just have to be happy with the statutory days.

  6. Jen_Wiig 22/11/2018 at 8:26 pm

    Haha this is a brilliant hack! I will definitely be telling a few friends and family about this. Only using 3 days annual is such a bonus too no need to scrounge around for extra hours to make up for the days van still have decent break at end of year.

  7. Shorrty4life1 20/11/2018 at 8:31 pm

    What a great idea. I never have thought of this. Hubby maybe the only one working next year as I am hoping to be doing my nursing course so I’ll tell him about this holiday saver.

  8. SarahBlair 07/11/2018 at 12:25 pm

    What a cool hack!! That would give my husband a decent holiday without using up all of his leave, and the bonus it that I won’t be the only one trying to entertain the kids, he can help!!

  9. Mands1980 06/11/2018 at 8:16 pm

    This is great I would have never thought to look that far ahead I will be telling my husband these dates as it’s always great to get away in April while the weather is still warm. Thanks for this great tip Julie.

  10. Bevik1971 06/11/2018 at 12:41 pm

    Brilliant! I think I may have to use this hack 🙂 I only started with the job I’m in now at the end of January 2018 so effectively my annual leave doesn’t come in effect until end of Jan 2019. As I have already used some annual leave (have to have leave, couldn’t survive otherwise!) I’ve been using it in advance so have to be careful. This hack is really great though 🙂

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