Optimize your vacation for 2021!
The year 2020 is finally over and we are optimistic that 2021 will be a lot better! Regarding the vacation days, the year 2021 is unfortunately not so great for employees, as many public holidays fall on a weekend. Christmas days, December 25th and 26th, are the same, as are New Year’s Eve, January 1st, 2022, Saturdays and Sundays. Labor Day or national holiday on May 1st also takes place on a Saturday. Assumption of Mary, August 15th, is then a Sunday again.
This means that there are no five days off for employees who work regularly from Monday to Friday. Long weekends for few vacation days – that is only possible to a very limited extent in 2021.
Parktiger shows you how to use your vacation 2021 optimally to get the most out of it 🙂
January offers a good start. Since January 1st is not only a public holiday but also a Friday, the year starts with a long weekend. If you take four vacation days in the following week, specifically on January 4th and 5th as well as January 7th and 8th, you get a total of ten days off in a row, since January 6th is also a public holiday with the Epiphany.
After January you have to wait a little longer for a good opportunity. After all, it comes around Easter. April 4th, 5th and 6th, specifically Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, most Austrians have free anyway. Anyone who takes four vacation days until April 9th will have nine days off in a row.
May is the insider tip for maximizing your own vacation. It actually begins with the national holiday on May 1st and a Saturday, i.e. without a long weekend. But then it goes round: The Ascension Day (May 13th), traditionally on a Thursday, invites you to take a vacation on May 10th to 12th and May 14th. With four days of vacation you get seven days off. Only to have a long time off shortly afterwards. Because with Whit Monday on May 24th you take an additional four days of vacation until May 28th and have nine days off again. In total, you can get 16 days off with seven days off in May!
Long vacation without using up many vacation days in May & June
If you want to have a particularly long period of time with particularly few vacation days, you can use a trick. And it only takes eight days of vacation. That sounds like a lot, but you get a total of 16 days off in a row. And this is how it works: May 22nd and 23rd is a weekend, May 24th is Whit Monday. In the first week of June, too, Corpus Christi (June 3, Thursday) is a public holiday. Here, too, you take four vacation days Monday to Wednesday and Friday. Now take 16 days off from May 22nd through June 6th. Or 18, if you also take May 21 and June 7 on vacation.
May 31st to June 2nd take three vacation days, on June 3rd (Thursday) a public holiday awaits with Corpus Christi. Then take a vacation on June 4th. Take nine days off in a row with only four vacation days in June 🙂
After June you can only get something out of the national holiday on October 26th. Since this falls on a Tuesday, a four-day weekend can get out with a vacation day on October 25th. Or you can also invest vacation in October 27, 28 and 29 and have ten days off in a row.
Long vacation without using up many vacation days in November
With All Saints‘ Day on November 1st on a Monday, November could hardly start off any better. This makes it possible to extend the October vacation mentioned in the previous point. If you also take four vacation days from November 2nd to 5th, with a total of eight vacation days you get 16 days off in a row!
Unfortunately, apart from the first week of November, there is no opportunity to save money on vacations in November. So just take a vacation from November 2nd to 5th and enjoy at least nine days off.
In December, too, there is the possibility of having four days off to get nine days off. Use Mary’s conception on December 8th (Wednesday) and take a vacation on December 6th, 7th, 9th and 10th. Unfortunately, there are no holiday savings at Christmas either. The holidays December 25th and 26th fall on a Saturday and Sunday.
All public holidays in Austria in 2021 at a glance:
New Year: Friday, January 1, 2021
Three Kings: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Easter Monday: Monday, April 5, 2021
National holiday: Saturday, May 1, 2021
Ascension Day: Thursday, May 13, 2021
Whit Monday: Monday, May 24 2021
Corpus Christi: Thursday, June 3, 2021
Assumption Day: Sunday, August 15, 2021
National holiday: Tuesday, October 26, 2021
All Saints‘ Day: Monday, November 1, 2021
Conception of Mary: Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Christmas Day: Saturday, December 25 2021
Stefanitag: Sunday, December 26th 2021
New Year: Saturday, January 1st, 2022
Three Wise Men: Friday, January 6th, 2022