We are almost out of the January blues and ready to race into a new month in 2016.

With work in full-swing, no doubt everyone is eagerly awaiting another restful long weekend, which is due on Friday March 25 (Good Friday); the next bank holiday.

READ MORE: When are all the bank holidays in 2016?

But how can you maximise your bank holidays and fly off somewhere sunny for a bargain bonanza?

We've put together a list of date hacks to help you get off as much time as possible without having to take much annual leave.

How can I stay away for longer on the bank holidays?

Take your annual leave around the dates. You can jet off to somewhere exotic and have a whole 16 days to play with for just eight days of paid leave if you go between Monday March 21 and Friday April 1.

Book off these dates: March 21, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, and April 1.

Other bank holiday hacks

Dates: May 3, 4, 5 and 6 OR May 31 and June 1, 2 and 3
Total time off: Nine days
Paid leave: Four days

Dates: August 30, 31 and September 1, 2
Total time off: Nine days
Paid leave: Four days

Dates: December 28, 29, 30
Total time off: 10 days
Paid leave: Three days

Got the time off, now just need something to do? Why not check out our London 2016 Bucket List?