That work-life balance is something all of us are striving to achieve - some with better results than others.

But with many people already looking to book their annual leave for 2020, a few tricks and tweaks could earn you some extra days - and even double it.

Halstead Gazette:

The first big bank holiday will take place in April, over Easter.

Friday April 10 is Good Friday, with Monday April 13, Easter Monday.

You can take an 11-day holiday by booking five days off - April 9 until April 19.

In May 2020, the Bank Holiday is Friday May 8 (it's being moved for the 75th anniversary of VE Day), and Spring Bank Holiday, which is May 25.

You'll be able to take an 18-day holiday by booking 10 days off from May 8 until May 25.

In August, Monday August 31 is the summer bank holiday and you're able to take a nine day holiday by booking four days off - from August 29 until September 6.

And the all-important Christmas period could see you use just seven days of leave - and get 14 days off.

Christmas Day 2020 falls on a Friday, and as Boxing Day is on a Saturday, the Bank Holiday will be on the Monday. New Year's Day will fall on a Friday too.