It is a truth universally acknowledged that January is a bit bleak. But don’t despair; there’s a lot to love about the first month of the New Year. For one thing, January tends to be a lot more laid-back than the festive season, making it the perfect time to plan your travel agenda for the year ahead. It’s also when most people’s annual leave gets reset. The average Brit has an allowance of 25 days annual leave, but this year if you’re cunning with your use of bank holidays you can end up with a glorious 50 days a year out of the office. And that's before we even come onto the topic of rolled-over holiday allowance. So, whether you’re looking to plan a luxurious long weekend away in the first few months of 2022, or blow a chunk of your annual leave on a longer trip, we’ve got you covered with a roundup of where to go for your annual leave holidays...
A Big Short Break
Two days of annual leave
You can achieve a lot in a long weekend. Get a taste of the laid-back Scandi lifestyle with an island-hopping holiday in West Sweden – complete with stays in cute coastal hotels and fresh seafood dinners – or spend your annual leave holidays enjoying some peace and quiet with a relaxing stay on Egypt's Red Sea Coast. Fill your days with diving adventures, sunset cruises and visits to traditional Bedouin villages nestled in the heart of the Eastern Desert for the ultimate Red Sea adventure.
Five days of annual leave
Five days of annual leave gives you a week in holiday heaven. Explore seaside cities and wander wine estates on a trip to Lisbon and the under-the-radar region of Alentejo in Portugal; get a taste of Havana's cool culture with vintage car tours and stays in boutique hotels; or follow in the footsteps of author Agatha Christie with an elegant cruise along the Nile aboard our vintage paddle steamer, the Steam Ship Sudan.
Ten days of annual leave
With ten days of annual leave, the world is your oyster. Satisfy your cultural cravings on a trip to Sri Lanka; live out your castaway fantasies on an island-hopping holiday around the Seychelles; or venture to remote corners of Botswana for wildlife watching in the desert and delta. And if you have children in tow? Head to sunny California for an epic family road trip along the iconic Route One, or enjoy city tours and rafting adventures with a Croatia and Montenegro combo.
Go on... treat yourself
Planning on hitting the road for an extended trip away for your annual leave holidays? We salute you. After all, some countries are so diverse only a longer sabbatical-style trip will do. Reconnect with the great outdoors on an epic family trip around Western Canada; champion sustainable travel with a train tour of Italy; or head to Tanzania to experience the unforgettable Southern Safari Circuit.