Sign up to our free daily email for the latest royal and entertainment news, interesting opinion, expert advice on styling and beauty trends, and no-nonsense guides to the health and wellness questions you want answered.
Thank you for signing up to . You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.
For some of us, it seems there's never enough annual leave for all the trips we'd like to take. But for many - 1.4 million, in fact - there's actually too much.
With heavy workloads and busy lives, millions of Brits find it difficult to take all their allocated annual leave. TravelSupermarket (opens in new tab) has released figures this week that show an average of 8.4 days per person will be forfeited by the end of the year, benefitting employers to the tune of £1.2 billion.
Even those with annual leave dates that follow the financial year say they won't be able to use up their holiday: 29% admitted they'll be unable to take all their allowance despite having five months of the year left.
The research found that the main reasons for not using up annual leave were a high workload, being unable to afford the time off and not wanting to waste the days. Over 10% of people even said they are concerned about how it might make them look to their employer.
Past studies have show, though, that taking annual leave is highly beneficial to employees, and that the pros outweigh the cons enormously. A 2016 report by Expedia (opens in new tab) showed that 90% of people feel less stressed and more relaxed after returning to work from a holiday, and 83% said they were more focused at work when they got back to their desk. And let's not forget: taking more trips could help you live longer (opens in new tab).
“It’s worrying to see that so many Brits are still failing to get themselves organised and make the most of their annual leave,” Emma Grimster, spokesperson at TravelSupermarket said. “But the good news is, it’s not too late to do something about it.”
Here are a few ideas for using up your annual leave this year:
Take a mid-week spa break
Much cheaper mid-week, spa breaks are a great way to wind down and refresh - and they require very little organisation altogether. Try one of these top spa breaks in Britain > (opens in new tab)
Get a last-minute deal
There's no need to book months in advance to get a great deal on holiday. Booking at the last minute (even just a few days before) can save you hundreds. Use these tips for getting the best travel deals and holiday discounts > (opens in new tab)
Combine your hobby with your holiday
Whether you spend your evenings knitting or the kitchen is your favourite space, there are plenty of ways to combine what you love doing at home with a holiday abroad. Try these tips for tasking your hobby on holiday > (opens in new tab)
Go on a spiritual exploration
If a spa break in Britain isn't enough for you, consider taking a more spiritual break. You'll return to work feeling rejuvenated and inspired. The world's most spiritual destinations have been revealed here > (opens in new tab)
Get back to nature in Britain
If you don't have the cash for a break abroad, try a staycation. There are plenty of quiet, idyllic destinations on home ground offering an excellent way to refresh yourself before the annual leave year is up. These are some of the best countryside breaks in Britain > (opens in new tab)
Treat yourself to a fancy hotel break
Holidays don't have to be packed to the brim with activities - a simple hotel break can do just the trick when you're feeling stressed at work. Try one of these hotels with amazing views in Britain > (opens in new tab)
How to make the most of your annual leave in 2019
TravelSupermarket's travel editor Joey Tyson has tips for making the most of your 2019 annual leave allowance. Follow these brilliant hacks to get even longer holidays:
18-days off for the price of 9 in spring
You can get 18 days off by taking just nine annual leave days over Easter in 2019. Book off April 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30 and May 1, 2, and 3.
16 days for the price of 7 at Christmas
Book just seven days off (December 23, 24, 27, 30 and 31, and January 2 and 3) to get a fabulous 16 days off in total over the Christmas period in 2019/2020.
Lottie is an NCTJ-trained journalist, an experienced travel writer and an expert in creating compelling digital content.
Lottie has been in the travel writing business for nearly a decade and has writing and photography bylines at The Telegraph, The Times, The Independent, the i and National Geographic Traveller. She's done broadcast work for BBC Radio 4 and have contributed to a number of guidebooks and coffee table titles during her career.
Salma Hayek's see-through fishnet dress wows on the red carpet and we're totally here for it!
Salma Hayek's see-through fishnet get-up stole the show as she dares to bare at the premiere of her latest film, Magic Mike's Last Dance
By Aoife Hanna • Published
Queen Camilla’s jazzy leopard print shirt and bold gold earrings proves the senior royal is eager to make a statement
Queen Camilla traveled to Wiltshire and Bath for a busy day of engagements and her outfit was a blend of elegant and eye-catching…
By Emma Shacklock • Published