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We love bank holidays (who doesn’t right?) and try to make the most of them. So just in time for the two bank holidays in May, here are our top 5 tips for making the most of your bank holiday weekend.

1 EXTEND THE WEEKEND

Most bank holidays fall on a Monday, so why not extend your long weekend by taking Friday off as well? If you’re short of annual leave ask if you can work remotely on Friday so you can jet off on Thursday night for your long weekend away. The long weekend just got longer.

2 CHECK OUT…CHEAP FLIGHTS

Bank holidays are basically bonus days off work. You don’t need to use up any annual leave yet you can enjoy a long weekend away. Why not see where you could go for the long weekend? Our top tip is to find out where you can get to cheaply using a flight comparison website like Skyscanner and simply make a weekend of it.

3 MAKE THE MOST OF WHERE YOU LIVE

Toast, east dulwich
French pastry course

Don’t fancy going away for the weekend? Neither did we this Easter. Instead we made the most of our local area and you should too. Whether you go to that restaurant you have always wanted to try, get out into the countryside for a walk or soak up the sunshine in your local park the possibilities are endless. The important thing is to get out and enjoy yourself.

4 LEARN SOMETHING NEW

There are so many fantastic short courses out there that can be completed over a long weekend. On our recent trip to Paris we learnt how to make proper croissants and had so much fun in the process. If baking is not your thing, why not learn to take photographs or to dance. We attended one of Waitrose’s excellent cooking courses last year which they offer at various locations. Why not take a look?

5 TAKE TIME OUT TO CHILL

Most importantly, take some time out to relax. We all work incredibly hard and deserve some time off to do whatever we want. Enjoy the extra day off work and spend time with your favourite people. It’s important.

What do you do with your bank holiday weekends? Let us know in the comments below.

Alex is a solicitor at an international law firm based in London. He has always loved travelling and loves to eat like a local. His favourite destination is Peru where he spent a month travelling in 2009 with World Challenge.

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