Aussies are suffering, and it’s time to address the issue.

Did you use all your leave last year? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Our research reveals Aussies are wasting five days of annual leave a year, missing out on some serious beach, ski, spa and fling time.

Five days might not sound like much, but when you take into account the 12 million Aussies working full time, that’s an extra 480 million hours we’re all slaving away in the office. It’s time to band together and get back on track.

Make 2017 your year to turn the wrong to right and get your work-life balance back. With all that unspent leave, it’s time to get out there and see the world. Or at least find a beach cabana and some poolside cocktails to enjoy.

Holidays are a great chance to recharge and reconnect – whether it’s a couples getaway, girls weekend or big family adventure, we all need time to get away from the rat race every once in a while. The majority of Aussie travellers feel less stressed (92%), happier (93%) and in better health (42%) when they’ve returned from holidays, so if the job is feeling a little irritating already, book in that next break asap. But promise us you won’t check your emails?!

Testament to the importance of work life balance and going on a holiday for your overall health and wellbeing, Tyson Mayr, The Naked Traveller, took a leap of faith and quit his job for a much-needed holiday and hasn’t stopped.

“It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut believing our work lives make us who we are. But this isn’t true. Whether it’s eating a new cuisine, swimming in a remote beach or making friends from a different culture; the world is full of things for us to see, do and experience.

Life can quickly pass us by.  It’s important to make a travel wish list and be smart about planning and using your annual leave to start ticking off your list. At least one holiday a year can make a lifetime of difference,” Tyson said.

To find out more about the particular type of holiday deprivation you’re suffering from, click here.