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Saturday 2 December 2023 Dublin: 4°C

7 things you should do with your extra day this Leap Year

So much extra time… sort of.

ONCE EVERY FOUR years we get a whole extra day in the year, just like magic.

But what should you do with this special day? Will you spend it catching up on all the things you’ve promised yourself you’d do but put on the long finger? Or will you use it as a whole extra day to show yourself how much you care?

Here are our suggestions…

1. Consider it a do-over day

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If your New Year’s resolutions have fallen somewhat by the wayside, why not see the Leap Year as a day to start again, to get those resolutions back on track?

So dust off those promises to head to the gym, eat more healthily, read more or whatever your personal resolution was and begin again.

You can do it.

2. Create a Leap  Year capsule

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A really fun thing you could do would be to create a time capsule that you’ll open on the next leap year.

Items could include the music and books you are enjoying today, notes or letters to Future You telling you what’s going on in your life right now (it’s amazing how much detail you can forget), or anything else that you love right now.

Throw it in a box, hide it somewhere, open it in four years’ time and see how things have changed.

3. Learn a new language (sort of)

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Alright, you mightn’t get to learn a new language in a day but you can download a language learning app like Duolingo and get started on that grand plan to brush up on your secondary school Spanish (or French, or German).

Donde esta mi pantalones?  Wo ist die bibliothek? Je ne sais quois…

4. Do something you’d never normally do

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Whether this is jumping out of a plane or going to dinner by yourself there’s probably something on your bucket list that scares and intrigues you in equal measure. Make today the day to cross that item off. It could even become a leap year tradition.

5. Make a froggie treat

It being a leap year and all, frogs abound (sorry). There are all sorts of froggie treat ideas around like these frog cupcakes, a froggie bento box (for you or the kids) or a more healthy froggie apple and grape treat.

What are you waiting for? Jump to it.

6. Treat yo’self

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You now have an excuse to treat yourself to some flash new clothes, or whatever it is you’ve been fancying getting for a while. Because, how often do you get a whole extra day for yourself ?

(Yes, we know, every four years, but still.)

7. Propose..?

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The most common tradition the leap year is associated with is the one where women can propose to their men (because apparently they’d just get laughed out of it on any other day of the year).


What are you planning to do with your extra 24 hours? Let us know in the comments below.

No matter how you celebrate this extra day, don’t forget to make a saving on  your travel by using a Leap Card for your journey. It can be used on city bus services in Galway, Limerick, and Waterford; city bus and train services in Cork; as well as bus, train and tram services all around Dublin. Head over to Leap Card to find out more. 

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