Last year was far from a travel-addicts dream, and while there’s a possibility that 2021 could follow suit, we’ve got our fingers crossed we can explore more, whether that’s on a far-flung trip across the globe or a doorstep adventure. So while you didn’t get a fair chance of using your “out of office” last year, here’s how you can maximise your holiday time over the next 12 months.
2021 England and Wales Bank Holidays
- Friday 2nd April – Good Friday
- Monday 5th April – Easter Monday
- Monday 3rd May – May bank holiday
- Monday 31st May – Spring bank holiday
- Monday 30th August – Summer bank holiday
- Monday 27th December – Christmas Day
- Tuesday 28th December – Boxing Day
Easter Bank Holiday
Take 8 days leave, get 16 days out of the office.
No one knows if international travel will be back to normal by Easter, but whatever the answer, April still remains one of the best months to tighten the straps on your backpack, lace up your boots and explore. Should we have to stick to the UK, you could spend your days exploring some of Britain’s best beaches: Barafundle Beach in Pembrokeshire, West Bay in Dorset, Kynance Cove in Cornwall, or the Luskentyre Sands on the Isle of Harris. We have everything you need for that local trip of a lifetime.
Should we be able to step into Europe though, we recommend the highest mountains to spend your spring days on the slopes: Val Thorens in the French Alps, Alta Badia in the Italian Dolomites, or even an off-piste adventure in one of these remote European ski resorts.
27th March - 11th April: take 4 days off before Good Friday and 4 days off after the bank holiday Monday to enjoy 16 days away from the office.
May Bank Holidays
Take 8 days leave, get 18 days out of the office.
The second-best thing about May is the double bank holiday, and the first best thing is using them to turn 8 days leave into 18 days off. Of course, how you spend this travel time is completely up to you and the unchecked places on your bucket list. If your New Year’s Resolution was to explore more of the UK, then make sure you bookmark these UK spots that look like they’re abroad. Isles of Scilly instead of the Caribbean, Denbies Wine Estate instead of Bordeaux or the Jurassic Coast instead of southern Italy.
1st - 9th May: take 4 days off after the early-bank holiday to get 9 days away from the office.
29th May - 6th June: take 4 days off after the late-bank holiday to get another 9 days off.
August Bank Holiday
Take 4 days leave, enjoy a 9 day escape.
Welcome to the last gasp of sunshine before those September scenes roll in -- and your chance to create an endless summer without using up all of your “out of office” days. For those wanting to bounce around the UK, nothing can beat spending 48-hours in a different place as you unearth the best of Britain on an epic road-trip: the Peak District, the Norfolk coast and the Isle of Skye. There is so much to discover on our doorstep.
If you’d rather head somewhere further afield, however, somewhere you can swerve the crowds, take full advantage of your adventure bag and take in some of the most breath-stealing scenery on the planet, Slovenia is our top recommendation. Picture an earthly paradise that’s loaded with dramatic mountains, glacial lakes that are fed by hot springs, and island-specked islets that sit beneath cliffside castles.
28th August - 5th September: take 4 days off after bank holiday Monday to get 9 days travel time.
Christmas Bank Holiday
Take 8 days leave, be out of the office for 17.
This could be your chance to soak up a second summer by heading to Australia, making the most of Mozambique for the unexpected trip of a lifetime, or enjoying a white winter to remember forever by exploring the concrete playground that is New York State or the otherworldly landscapes of Iceland. Wherever piques your interest, you could enjoy 17 consecutive days travelling around those faraway places you’ve been saving on your Instagram.
Not that you need to travel further afield to end the year with a pinch-yourself adventure. Head to the extraordinary mountains of Scotland, the frost-covered beaches of England or the soul-stirring hills of Wales to discover some of the most mesmeric destinations on our doorstep.
18th December - 3rd January: make Friday 17th your last day in the office and take the week off between Christmas and New Year to get 17 days off and start 2022 in the best way ever.
Of course, there is no certainty that international travel will be possible this year, and even travelling around the UK travel could be limited at times, but the Stubble & Co team are keeping upbeat and positive as we stick to the current guidelines in the hope we will be back to sustainably exploring before too long -- and there’s better way to be a sustainable traveller than exploring the world on your doorstep first.