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Webjet holiday hacks: How to secure 45 days holiday with 18 days leave

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With January seeing a surge in Kiwis searching for their next trip, up almost a quarter (+24%-), leading online travel agent, Webjet.co.nz, has revealed how to get 45 days of holiday in 2019 by taking just 18 days of annual leave.

Planning a full year ahead, combining long weekends and maximising public holidays are the trick to booking more downtime, according to Webjet’s CEO David Galt.

"Holiday-makers can really make more of their leave in 2019, hitting the public holiday jackpot by booking their annual leave early.

"Whilst it will mean travelling at peak periods, there are ways to make your money go further. Why not plan your dates and hold out for a last-minute deal? If you’re flexible on your final destination, then you really can get lucky and see some of the best up and coming places for 2019."

Webjet.co.nz has revealed its holiday hacks for making your annual leave go even further, along with the top destinations you should be booking to see and experience more - both in New Zealand and overseas.

The 10-day Waitangi Day Wonder: 6 days annual leave for 10 days holiday

The Waitangi Day public holiday falls on Wednesday 6 February, and it’s a great chance to get away just as school starts again - making popular destinations that little bit quieter. Enjoy a 10-day trip for just six days leave if you’re on the North Island by combining Northland anniversary day (28 January). Go one better if you’re in Buller or Nelson for anniversary weekend and get Monday (4 February) off and bag yourself an extra day of holiday.

Where to go: Experience a quieter corner of southeast Asia and explore Vietnam. This oasis of crystal-clear water and dramatic landscape has soared in popularity in recent years, with searches for Ho Chi Minh increasing (+14%) and searches for Hanoi surging dramatically (+51% YOY). Those travelling during this period will also get to experience the vivid Vietnamese New Year celebrations (5 February).

The 10-day Easter Extravaganza: 3 days annual leave for 10 days holiday

For the first time in a long time, the Easter weekend (Friday 19 April to Monday 22 April) coincides with school holidays. With Anzac Day just two days later (Thurs 25 April), families can take advantage of a 10-day trip by booking just three days of annual leave. For those celebrating Southland anniversary day (23 April), you can get the same leave for just two days off work!

Where to go: Tokyo is a truly cosmopolitan hub and is attracting more young travellers, with 18-34 year olds primarily searching for flights between Jan and April this year. Despite the colder climate during this period, visitors can experience the awe-inspiring winter illuminations, Hatsumode celebration for Japanese New Year and the picture-perfect Cherry Blossom season. For families, destinations like Queensland and Bali are expected to remain popular Easter travel hot spots. Two for the Long Weekend Legends: 2 days annual leave for 8 days holiday

With the Labour Day and Queen’s Birthday both falling on a Monday, you can turn those long weekends into four-day staycations by booking one day off work. Locals celebrating their town’s anniversary weekend can get tick off an extra trip, and even better bang for their buck by making the most of the long weekends at different points in the year.

Wellington anniversary day (Mon 21 January)

Taranaki anniversary day (11 March)

Otago anniversary day (Mon 25 March) Canterbury anniversary day (Fri 15 November)

Canterbury (South) anniversary day (Mon 23 September) Hawke's Bay anniversary day (Friday 25 October)

Marlborough anniversary day (Mon 4 November) Westland anniversary day (Mon 2 December)

Chatham Islands anniversary day (Mon 2 December)

Where to go: Kiwi holiday-makers have always loved to explore their own backyard. Searches for Westport have soared by 20%, while Wellington and Christchurch continue to be popular locations, up 5% YOY, as people look to book a staycation this year. Wellington was the top city break destination, with April, May and October the most popular time to go according to the latest search trends. The Ultimate Christmas Gift: 7 days leave for 17 days holiday

It may feel too soon to start planning December holidays just yet, but savvy New Zealanders can enjoy a 17-day holiday by taking just seven days of annual leave - from Friday 20 December to Monday 6 January 2020. It’s the peak summer period, so go long haul and see off the year in style!

Where to go: The capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo, is predicted to be the hottest destination of 2019 with searches up a massive 62% YoY. A boom in accommodation options combined with inland adventures, wildlife and spectacular beaches is helping drive multi stop trips across Sri Lanka, the Maldives and India. December - March are the best times to visit making it a perfect Christmas getaway.

For just 18 days of annual leave, Kiwis can enjoy more than double their days off, with 45 days of holiday to explore even further in 2019.

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