21/01/2016 12:52 PM AEDT | Updated 28/09/2016 9:55 PM AEST

Be Smart About Annual Leave This Year And You Can Turn 17 Days Into 43 Days Off

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The average Aussie working full time gets 20 annual leave days a year. Add onto that number your state's public holidays (which vary depending on where you live) and you're looking at anywhere between 31 and 34 days off a year.

If you don't work at Netflix, Virgin or any of the other growing number of companies who allow staff to take as much leave as they like, you're looking at around 254 working days in 2016.

With all that in mind we're willing to bet you're probably pretty keen to maximise the whole work life balance thing by working more 'life' into your year. Yeah, us too.

The good news is that if you're clever about it, combining annual leave days with weekends and public holidays in 2016 could result in 43 days off while only sacrificing 17 annual leave days.

Skyscanner, the global search engine that compares flights and hotels, worked this out and put it all in a smart calendar, along with popular events and attractions happening in other parts of the world that you may be tempted to visit.

This news also comes at a good time as more and more research emerges around experiences enriching our lives far more than material objects.

According to Skyscanner, Sydney is a very popular domestic city to celebrate in this Australia Day, with 2015 seeing a year-on-year increase of 35 percent in flight searches.

For those of you who've already taken this coming Monday off to make Australia Day into an extra long weekend, well done. Now, it's a race to your manager to submit leave applications first for the rest of the year. Go!