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Most people tend to take holidays at the end of the year, when they're rushing to clear their annual leave. There's nothing wrong with that, but instead of saving all your leave to go to one destination at the end of the year, why not strategically plan your leave around public holidays and long weekends to extend your vacation and travel to more places?

Don't under-estimate the value of one day of leave. Read on to find out how to get 24 days of vacation, with just 10 days of leave.

Note: Prices were obtained from Skyscanner and were accurate at the time of publication.

 

1 day of leave, 4 days in Gold Coast, Australia

Take just one day of leave on 14 June 2018 to extend the Hari Raya long weekend.

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Return flights are as cheap as $400 (for now), so book early.

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For four days, spend time with your family at Sea World, where you can interact with friendly dolphins, lounge by the beach, or go crazy on the rollercoaster rides at one of the best theme parks in Australia.

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It's a gorgeous location, and you need only one day of leave – We're kind of psyched for this one. Book soon before prices climb.

 

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2 days of leave - 5 days in Seoul, Korea

Book your leave on 28 and 30 May 2018 to have a five day holiday from 26 - 30 May 2018, over Vesak Day. That's three extra days added to your break!

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Treat yourself to a well-deserved shopping break in Korea. It's the best place to stock up on all your Korean beauty products at relatively more affordable prices.

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Fuel up in-between your shopping sprees with delicious and piping hot street food that's so ubiquitous you'll probably find rows and rows of them no matter which shopping district you are in.

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In Korea during the May period, temperatures will hover around 25 degrees celsius, the perfect aircon weather to shop in, don't you think?

 

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3 days of leave - 6 days in Kathmandu, Nepal

If you take leave from 2 - 4 May 2018, you can cash in on Labour Day and double the length of your holiday, making it last from 1 May to 6 May. The cheapest return flight costs around $460.

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Visit monasteries, temples, or palaces at Kathmandu, or simply walk among the people in quaint villages. There's a lot of nature and culture that us city-dwellers don't get to experience as much.

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If you're up for a slightly more physical adventure, you could sign up for a trek along the Himalayan foothills or hike up one of the many nearby mountains to see the sunrise.

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4 days of leave - 9 days in Male, Maldives

To have a getaway that lasts slightly longer than a week, book a getaway from 24 March to 1 April 2018. This means you only need to take leave from 26 - 29 March.

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A return trip to Male, the capital of Maldives costs only $450. It's a real steal.

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Take your loved ones to the Maldives so that you can get away from it all. Snorkel, have romantic candlelit dinners, take long walks on the beach, and rest in huts that perch above pristine blue waters.

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Best of all, with eight days of holiday, you get plenty of time to rejuvenate your mind before returning to work.

 

So there you have it, the best dates to book (and places to go) for many awesome holidays. This list was made with the help of Skyscanner's Public Holiday Planner, a nifty tool we loved using. Give it a try for more travel suggestions!

 

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