How to plan your 2020 vacation leave days properly this year

happy Monday 17th February 2020

I am currently laying on my side, well-fed, daydreaming and planning my next adventure to Tanzania in April, which will be during their rainy season and the best time for me to take leave from work. (wish me luck). I am a little nervous as I have never been away from home over Easter, but I am glad to be leaving yet another comfort zone because of the travel bug.

While I was creating the itinerary, I had a mini panic attack about the number of days I thought I needed off work. After reading up on how other people maximize their annual leave, I began to create a leave calendar as that put things into perspective for me and made me feel less guilty for wanting to take leave at work to do what I love.

Upon doing more extensive research, I realized that there are many ways to optimize leave days and get more out of public holidays as a South African citizen who loves to travel. The first step is to plan plan plan and request your leave days well in advance, and the only way to prepare is to know when each holiday falls. The best thing I got out of planning is cheaper flights and peace of mind. See table below to start planning your 2020.

PUBLIC HOLIDAY LEAVE DAYS to request AWAY FROM WORK
EASTER:

10TH  –  13TH April

April

Wed: 8th

Thur: 9th

Tue: 14th

7 DAYS Vacay
FREEDOM DAY: 27th April

WORKERS DAY: 1st May

April

Tue: 28th

Wed:29th

Thur: 30th

9 DAYS Vacay
YOUTH DAY:

16th June

Monday: 15th June 4 DAYS Vacay
WOMAN’S DAY: 10th August Friday: 7th August

Tuesday: 11th August

5 DAYS Vacay
HERITAGE DAYS:

Thur: 24th September

Fri: 25th September

Mon: 28th September

5 DAYS Vacay
RECONCILIATION DAY: 16th December Thur: 17th December

Fri: 18th December

5 DAYS Vacay
CHRISTMAS:

25th December

DAY OF GOODWILL:

26th December

Thurs: 24th December

Mon: 26th December

5 DAYS Vacay
TOTAL DAYS 15 40

 


Wishing you all the best for your leave requests and may your travel plans come to fruition. I hope this table is helpful and will make you take that leap of faith.

K, bye for now 

XO

Cway

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