Annual Leave Holiday Hack

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HOW TO MAXIMISE YOUR ANNUAL LEAVE IN 2019 

Want to maximise your holidays in 2019? Use our handy guide to turn the standard 20 days of annual leave into at least 49 days of holidays.  Check out our calendar below, or click on your state or territory - some lucky states can get 55 days off!
NSW | VIC | QLD | SA | WA | ACT | NT | TAS

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ANNUAL TRAVEL INSURANCE

Planning to make the most of your 49+ days of holidays? Why not consider an annual travel insurance policy?

Annual travel insurance, also known as multi-trip or frequent traveller policies, let you leave Australia as many times as you like in a year on the one policy. This means the more times you go on holiday, the more money you save.

Zoom Frequent Traveller policies give you the option to go on maximum trip durations of 15 or 45 days, as many times as you want. Going on a trip of more than 45 days? You want a single trip policy. Single trip policies mean you can stay on holiday for up to twelve months. If you're a budget backpacker, a basic, Medical Only travel insurance policy might be just the ticket, or if you're looking for extra bells and whistles, like cancellation and luggage cover, check out our Standard or Comprehensive policies.

NEW SOUTH WALES

Turn 20 days leave into 49 days of holiday

January 26 - 28 (0 days leave, 3 day holiday)
- Holiday: Australia Day
- Annual Leave: None
- Tip: Zoom's domestic policies automatically include $5000 rental vehicle excess coverage.

April 13 - 29 (7 days leave, 16 day holiday)
- Holiday: Easter and Anzac Day
- Annual Leave: 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th, 26th
- Tip: Cherry blossom season is a great excuse to visit Japan.

June 8 - 16 (4 days leave, 9 day holiday)
- Holiday: Queen's Birthday
- Annual Leave: 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th
- Tip: Australia's snow season officially starts this weekend - make sure you have domestic travel cover which covers your snow gear.

October 5 - 11 (4 days leave, 9 day holiday)
- Holiday: Labour Day
- Annual Leave: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
- Tip: Nine days is perfect for a spring cruise.

December 21 - January 1 (5 days leave, 12 day holiday)
- Holiday: Christmas and Boxing Day
- Annual Leave: 23rd, 24th, 27th, 30th, 31st
- Tip: Planning a White Christmas this year? Why not say G'day to the USA?

VICTORIA

Turn 20 days leave into 55 days of holiday
 
January 26 - 28 (0 days leave, 3 day holiday)
- Holiday: Australia Day
- Annual Leave: None

Mar 9 - 11 (0 days leave, 3 day holiday)
- Holiday: Labour Day
- Annual Leave: None

April 13 - 29 (7 days leave, 16 day holiday)
- Holiday: Easter and Anzac Day
- Annual Leave: 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th, 26th
- Tip: It's shoulder season for Europe. Did anyone say, 'Buongiorno Italy?'.

June 8 - 16 (4 days leave, 9 day holiday)
- Holiday: Queen's Birthday
- Annual Leave: 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th
- Tip: Escaping to warmer waters? Check out our scuba guide.

September 27 - 29 (0 days leave, 3 day holiday)
- Holiday: AFL Grand Final
- Annual Leave: None

November 2 - 10 (4 days leave, 9 day holiday)
- Holiday: Melbourne Cup
- Annual Leave: 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th
- Tip: Get out of Melbourne! Why not head to New Zealand instead?

December 21 - January 1 (5 days leave, 12 day holiday)
- Holiday: Christmas and Boxing Day
- Annual Leave: 23rd, 24th, 27th, 30th, 31st

QUEENSLAND

Turn 20 days leave into 52 days of holiday

January 26 - 28 (0 days leave, 3 day holiday)
- Holiday: Australia Day
- Annual Leave: None
- Tip: Temporary resident? No worries - we offer non-resident cover too.
 
April 13 - 29 (7 days leave, 16 day holiday)
- Holiday: Easter and Anzac Day
- Annual Leave: 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th, 26th
- Tip: Check out our surfing holiday guide.

May 1 - 9 (4 days leave, 9 day holiday)
- Holiday: Labour Day
- Annual Leave: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
- Tip: Heading overseas? Make sure you're covered if you're riding a motorbike or scooter.

August 1 - 9 (4 days leave, 9 day holiday)
- Holiday: Royal Queensland Show
- Annual Leave: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
- Tip: Great week for a cruise! Check out our New Caledonia guide.

October 5 - 7 (0 days leave, 3 day holiday)
- Holiday: Queen's Birthday
- Annual Leave: None

December 21 - January 1 (5 days leave, 12 day holiday)
- Holiday: Christmas and Boxing Day
- Annual Leave: 23rd, 24th, 27th, 30th, 31st

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Turn 20 days of leave into 52 days of holiday

January 26 - 28 (0 days leave, 3 day holiday)
- Holiday: Australia Day
- Annual Leave: None

Mar 9 - 11 (0 days leave, 3 day holiday)
- Holiday: March Day
- Annual Leave: None

April 13 - 29 (7 days leave, 16 day holiday)
- Holiday: Easter and Anzac Day
- Annual Leave: 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th, 26th
- Tip: Thrillseeker? Check out our sports and activities cover add-on.

June 8 - 16 (4 days leave, 9 day holiday)
- Holiday: Queen's Birthday
- Annual Leave: 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th

October 5 - 11 (4 days leave, 9 day holiday)
- Holiday: Labour Day
- Annual Leave: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
- Tip: October is the most popular month for birthdays, so if you've got one on the way, check out our pregnancy travel insurance guide.

December 21 - January 1 (5 days leave, 12 day holiday)
- Holiday: Christmas and Proclamation Day
- Annual Leave: 23rd, 24th, 27th, 30th, 31st
- Tip: Family trip? Make sure everyone is covered these holidays.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Turn 20 days leave into 52 days of holiday
 
January 26 - 28 (0 days leave, 3 day holiday)
- Holiday: Australia Day
- Annual Leave: None

March 2 - 4 (4 days leave, 9 day holiday)
- Holiday: Labour Day
- Annual Leave: 5th, 6th 7th, 8th

April 13 - 29 (7 days leave, 16 day holiday)
- Holiday: Easter and Anzac Day
- Annual Leave: 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th, 26th
- Tip: Heading to Europe? Get packing for Portugal.

June 1 - 9 (4 days leave, 9 day holiday)
- Holiday: Western Australia Day
- Annual Leave: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
- Tip: Did someone say Bali?

September 28 - 30 (0 days leave, 3 day holiday)
- Holiday: Queen's Birthday
- Annual Leave: None
- Tip: Older traveller? Check out our seniors travel insurance guide.

December 21 - January 1 (5 days leave, 12 day holiday)
- Holiday: Christmas and Boxing Day
- Annual Leave: 23rd, 24th, 27th, 30th, 31st
- Tip: India is a popular Christmas destination for Aussie travellers.

ACT

Turn 20 days leave into 55 days of holiday

January 26 - 28 (0 days leave, 3 day holiday)
- Holiday: Australia Day
- Annual Leave: None

March 9 - 11 (0 days leave, 3 day holiday)
- Holiday: Canberra Day
- Annual Leave: None

April 13 - 29 (3 days leave, 10 day holiday)
- Holiday: Easter and Anzac Day
- Annual Leave: 23rd, 24th, 26th
- Tip: To get the best bang for your buck, consider heading to one of our Asian neighbours, like Vietnam or The Philippines.​

May 25 - June 2 (4 days leave, 9 day holiday)
- Holiday: Reconciliation Day
- Annual Leave: 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st

June 8 - June 16 (4 days leave, 9 day holiday)
- Holiday: Queen's Birthday
- Annual Leave: 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th
- Tip: Why not say G'day to the UK?

October 5 - 11 (4 days leave, 9 day holiday)
- Holiday: Labour Day
- Annual Leave: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
- Tip: Make sure your bike is covered if you're taking it overseas.

December 21 - January 1 (5 days leave, 12 day holiday)
- Holiday: Christmas and Boxing Day
- Annual Leave: 23rd, 24th, 27th, 30th, 31st

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Turn 20 Days leave into 52 days of holiday

January 26 - 28 (0 days leave, 3 day holiday)
- Holiday: Australia Day
- Annual Leave: None

April 13 - 29 (7 days leave, 16 day holiday)
- Holiday: Easter and Anzac Day
- Annual Leave: 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th, 26th
- Tip: Check out Easter Island for Easter with our South America travel insurance.

May 4 - 11 (4 days leave, 9 day holiday)
- Holiday: May Day
- Annual Leave: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th

June 8 - 16 (4 days leave, 9 day holiday)
- Holiday: Queen's Birthday
- Annual Leave: 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th
- Tip: Why not shop til you drop in Singapore?

August 3 - 6 (0 day leave, 3 day holiday)
- Holiday: Picnic Day
- Annual Leave: None

December 21 - January 1 (5 days leave, 12 day holiday)
- Holiday: Christmas, Boxing Day, New Year's Day
- Annual Leave: 23rd, 24th, 27th, 30th, 31st
- Tip: Looking for group travel insurance? Look no further.

TASMANIA

Turn 20 days leave into 53 days of holiday

January 26 - February 3 (4 days leave, 9 day holiday)
- Holiday: Australia Day
- Annual Leave: 29th, 30th, 31st, 1st
 
- February 9 - 17 (4 days leave, 9 day holiday)
- Holiday: Royal Hobart Regatta
- Annual Leave: 12th, 13th, 14th,15th
- Tip: Romantic getaway for Valentine's Day? Why not try Thailand?

March 8 - 11 (1 days leave, 4 day holiday)
- Holiday: Eight Hours Day
- Annual Leave: 11th

April 19 - 28 (3 days leave, 10 day holiday)
- Holiday: Easter and Anzac Day
- Annual Leave: 23rd, 24th, 26th
- Tip: Quick shoulder season Eurotrip? Check out Croatia.

June 8 - 11 (1 days leave, 4 day holiday)
- Holiday: Queen's Birthday
- Annual Leave: 11th

October 24 - 27 (1 day leave, 4 day holiday)
- Holiday: Royal Hobart Show
- Annual Leave: 25th

December 21 - January 1 (6 days leave, 13 day holiday)
- Holiday: Christmas, Boxing Day, New Year's Day
- Annual Leave: 20th, 23rd, 24th, 27th, 30th, 31st

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FRANCE

Are you craving croissants? Want to relax in the Riveria? Or climb the Eiffel Tower? France wins the hearts of many with its culture, art, shopping, cuisine, and romance.

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SOUTH AFRICA 

Keen to spot a zebra on safari? Or see the seaside from Cape Town? Whatever your trip looks like, check out our handy guide on visas, getting around and the must-see spots.

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FIJI

Surrounded by vivid coral reefs, sun-drenched beaches and turquoise lagoons, it's not hard to understand how this island paradise is gaining popularity fast with travellers.

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GREECE

A treasure chest of ancient wonders and a vibrant modern culture. It is easy to see why over 16 million travellers and holidaymakers visit Greece every year. 

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SOUTH KOREA

Ancient palaces in the centre of modern mega metropolises set amongst skyscrapping mountains - visiting South Korea is a magical trip to the past and the future.

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NEPAL

While often imaged as a nation of snowcapped mountains, much of the country is low-lying and even subtropical, so there is no 'one way' to experience this must-see destination.

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HUNGARY

With a rich, multicultural history, the architecture and culture of Hungary are utterly spectacular, with Roman, Ottoman, Mongol, Magyar, Czech and Soviet influences.

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CAMBODIA

For more than 1500 years, the Khmer culture has transformed and persisted, from a near-mythical medieval powerhouse to colonial protectorate, to war-scarred phoenix.

 

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