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Memoirs: How I Did 12 Destinations in 12 Months Using My Annual Leave


I started off with 27 days annual leave at the beginning of 2018 and I also try and not take random days off to do errands. I usually do them before or after work or on weekends. The days I didn’t use for travel were either for a wedding, a hangover or something personal development related (or a mental health day). Other than that, it’s all worth the jetlag. And of course, I can only speak for someone with a 9-5 BUT if even if you don’t, my tips below may help you make travel part of your life.

*Bank Holidays don’t count as I automatically get these off.


1&2. Venice and Verona = 2 days leave

3&4. Cannes and Monaco = 0 days (Bank Holiday)

5. Amsterdam = 1.5 days leave (Backed on to a Bank Holiday)

6. Dubai = 4 days leave(Backed on to a bank holiday)

7. Hamburg = 1 day leave (Backed on to a bank holiday)

8. Toulouse = 0 days leave (One day trip on a weekend)

9. Edinburgh = 0 days leave (Weekend trip) 

10&11. Hong Kong and Macau = 7 days leave

12. Copenhagen = 0 days leave (One day trip on a weekend)

= 15.5 days annual leave used in total. 

Some UK travel too…

Bedfordshire = 1 night (On a weekend)

Leeds = 1 day (On a weekend)

Brighton = 2 nights (Took a half day off to beat the crowds)

Kent = 1 night (on a weekend) 

Get creative

When it comes to having a full-time life and wanting to travel, you have to get creative with it.  I’ve written a fair few times about how to make the most of your annual leave so here are my tips in a nutshell:

  • Utilise bank holidays

  • Utilise weekends 

  • Do a day trip (Check out my one-day Toulouse trip here)

  • Travel close to where you are

  • Book night flights after work

  • Use half days, consider working from home (or another country)

  • Keep an eye on Skyscanner for flights (browse low to high and be open to *ANY* destination)

  • Travel off-peak 

I also decided to celebrate my personal achievement with a bakerdays cake. I went for the Victoria sponge and wasn’t disappointed but of course I had to share.

You can check out the full range of letterbox cakes here.

I live by the motto of ‘If its not booked, its not happening’. Would you ever set yourself a travel challenge? 

Char xo 

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