I always left at least a week in reserve, as you never know when you may need it. The last lot I had was a 4 week block in January and it felt a bit too long. It’s also dependent on the time of year – generally by the end of the year we’re all exhausted from working and getting through Christmas, so if taking holidays in January I always used to take more than 1 week where possible. During the year it’s nice to be able to strategically tack a few days on to existing holidays to extend them like the Easter break etc – that way you can use as few annual leave days as possible.
Published 19th July 2019