Are you one of those people who dread the idea of taking a vacation? Do you feel like you’re so busy with work and other obligations that you can never take the time to really relax and enjoy yourself?

If so, you’re not alone. According to a recent study, nearly half of all Americans don’t take all their vacation days. And even more shocking, 60% of workers say they feel guilty about taking a vacation!

But why are we so reluctant to take time off? Maybe it’s because we’re worried about what will happen at work while we’re away. Maybe we think we can’t afford to take the time off. Or maybe we just don’t know how to relax and enjoy ourselves.

If any of these sound like you, then this article is for you! Here are some tips on how to make the most out of your vacation, without feeling stressed out about it.

When traveling abroad, you should ensure that you’re carrying a photocopy of your passport and other important documents in a separate location from the originals. Keeping a separate copy of your passport will greatly speed up the process of getting it replaced at the local U.S. consulate or embassy. You may also want to leave a copy with a friend at home.

Before traveling, you should consider how you are going to pack. When packing, you should always think about leaving a single bag, suitcase, or other luggage partially empty. By leaving extra space there will always be room for more things that one may pick up while traveling such as souvenirs.

Choosing a specific seasonal time to go on your trip can mean a more enjoyable trip for you. If you like snow sports, you should aim for a trip during the winter. If you like hunting, you should probably plan a trip to coincide with your hunting season of choice.

Remember to report lost tickets immediately. Lost tickets can be refunded, but this can take as long as six months. It might also involve a substantial replacement fee. Reporting your lost ticket as soon as possible will not make things go any faster, but you will get your money back sooner.

Setting an itinerary. An itinerary can be a detailed vacation budget with every minute of your day expelled to an Excel sheet, while others can be simply having no plan at all. This all depends on the accompanying party. Getting that sorted prior to arriving is a great first step to ensuring that everyone enjoys the vacation for what it is planned to be, and there aren’t any false expectations when getting acclimated with a new area. 

Amusement parks Although this isn’t for everyone, amusement parks can be a highlight thrill of any vacation if available. Disneyland is an absolute classic in the Los Angeles area, and should be visited once (at the very least) over your lifetime.