How to maximise your annual leave in 2020

Grab life by the horns and start ticking off those bucket list experiences. And there’s no need to quit the job, pack up your life and head to the hills. You can still travel all year round, and see those incredible places around the world, with a full-time 9-5 job. Even with only 26 days’ annual leave you can actually double your leave in 2020 using these simple organisational planning tricks.

From fitness in the dramatic Swiss Alps and weight-loss amid the volcanic mountains and iconic rice paddies of Bali to active mindfulness in Spain, these destinations emanate the best of what wellness travel has to offer. With a little strategic planning around the 2020 bank holidays (and maybe an understanding boss), ditch the desk for longer and let your fit flag fly at one or more of these exciting destinations.


maximise your annual leave in 2019

New Year: Bring in 2020 Fighting Fit in Switzerland

Take 4 days off for an 11-day holiday

Book off: 24th, 27th, 28th & 31st December

Bank holidays: 25th, 26th December & 1st January

Your holiday: 22nd December – 1st January

Where to go: Switzerland: Grand Resort Bad Ragaz Fitness

Step into Christmas, New Year and the rest of 2020 with a spring in your step after an extended fitness retreat over the festive period in Switzerland. Whether you’re an experienced athlete or a complete beginner, on an 11-day holiday for just 4 days of annual leave, you can benefit from the latest findings in the fields of sports and medical science. Swap the turkey for toning with challenging personal training sessions and enjoy an array of energising indoor and outdoor activities. Private consultations and continued guidance from the expert team of instructors assure to help you reach your optimal fitness, energy and body shape.

maximise your annual leave in 2019

Easter: Maintain a Healthy Weight in Bali

Take 8 days off for a 16-day holiday

Book off: 15th – 18th April & 23rd – 26th April

Bank holidays: 19th & 22nd April

Your holiday: 13th – 28th April

Where to go: Bali: Svarga Loka Weight Loss

Afraid of consuming your bodyweight in chocolate eggs AGAIN this Easter? Don’t give yourself the opportunity; pack your bags and a healthy dose of motivation and head east for an unforgettable bespoke weight-loss experience in Bali. Over an incredible 18-days (I mean…that’s basically a month) you will benefit from nourishing body treatments, colon hydrotherapy and lymphatic drainage that will boost your healthy experience to reach an ideal weight. Svarga Loka’s holistic approach will help you not only achieve a positive result, but also provide you with valuable life tips to continue your healthy journey at home. Not a bad way to spend April, eh?


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maximise your annual leave in 2019

Early May: Turn Back the Hands of Time in Portugal

Take 4 days off for a 9-day holiday

Book off: 7th – 10th May

Bank holidays: 6th May

Your holiday: 4th – 12th May

Where to go: Portugal: Palacio Estoril Anti-Ageing Women / Anti-Ageing Men

If the years don’t do it, then another morning spent watching Morris Dancing certainly will; fight the signs (and causes) of ageing this May bank holiday with a regenerative trip to Palacio Estoril in Portugal. Using just 4 days of annual leave for a 9-day retreat, reap the benefits of progressive science integrated with traditional techniques, as Dr Manual Pinto Coelho and his team of clinic specialists help you to regain that youthful glow. Located just 20 minutes from vibrant Lisbon, your wellness experience can be complimented by life experiences ensuring you return with enhanced well-being and vitality, ready to face whatever the working week may bring.

maximise your annual leave in 2019

Late May: Transformation and Rejuvenation in Greece

Take 4 days off for a 9-day holiday

Book off: 28th – 31st May

Bank holidays: 27th May

Your holiday: 25th May – 2nd June

Where to go: Greece: Euphoria Emotional & Physical Transformation Retreat

As the Spring transitions into Summer, find yourself on an emotional and physical transition of your very own at Euphoria Retreat in Greece. Your 9-day transformation (which you’ve only taken a blissful 4 days off for) utilises medical 3GL analysis to determine problem areas and target them through a range of treatments. Negative thought processes are disrupted as your chakras are balanced during tranquil forest meditation sessions, and acupuncture encourages the flow of energy. A comprehensive wellness getaway; return home with a greater sense of physical and mental self-awareness.

maximise your annual leave in 2019

Summer: Be active, Be Balanced and Be Mindful in Spain

Take 4 days off for a 9-day holiday

Book off: 27th – 30th August

Bank holidays: 26th August

Your holiday: 24th August – 1st September

Where to go: Spain: Marbella Club Mindful Triathlon

If, like pop superstar Lana Del Ray, your suffering from a bout of summertime sadness then a trip to Marbella Club over the August bank holiday could be just what the doctor ordered. Not only will you benefit from a healthy dose of vitamin D and sea (get it?), the Mindful Triathlon programme allows active travellers to explore and benefit from balance and mindfulness. Over the course of your wellness trip, experience the ancient art of Tibetan singing bowl rituals, as well as various styles of yoga including Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, Kundalini and Aerial. Return home with a new understanding and value for the art of mindfulness.

maximise your annual leave in 2019

Christmas: Take Time-out This Festive Season in Thailand

Take 5 days off for a 12-day holiday

Book off: 23rd, 24th, 27th, 30th & 31st December

Bank holidays: 25th, 26th December & 1st January

Your holiday: 21st December – 1st January

Where to go: Thailand: Mangosteen Ayurveda & Wellness Resort Relax

Take time out from the traditional this festive season as you swap endless eating and family arguments for the warm embrace of wellness at Mangosteen. Using just 5 days of annual leave, you can enjoy 12 days of holistic healing on a wellness programme designed to calm, relax and revive. Whilst the UK is whipped with wind and rain, you’ll be blissfully unaware, enjoying luxurious and detoxifying spa treatments, body and mind enhancing yoga, and a vast array of nutritious cuisine. With breathtaking sunsets, a lush garden setting and unparalleled quality of service, missing out on that annual visit from Father Christmas seems rather less important.

All of these trips can be booked through: Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) 


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  • Shoestring Travel
    November 17, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    A great post and I am sure this will help people to plan their Holidays in advance… It will help me for sure…
    Cheers and Thanks ( https://www.shoestringtravel.in)