Although going on a vacation is meant to allow us some relief from the stresses of day to day activities, sometimes we end up being even more stressed during the trip. In fact, statistics now show that more and more people are foregoing taking holiday trips altogether due to the stresses associated with them.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are some adjustments you can make to ensure that your holiday is thoroughly enjoyable. Sometimes, all it takes is just changing your perspective on things and not being overly negative about everything.

Of course, preparation does play a part in how your holiday pans out. So if you are planning on going on a trip any time soon, you may want to start making some preparations as early as possible. This saves you from the last minute rush that could end up limiting your fun.

Here are five tips to help you enjoy your travel:

1. Hold conversations with fellow travelers

Don’t be so focused on the destination that you forget to enjoy the journey. There is so much fun and knowledge that you can derive from just taking the time to talk to other people on the same trip as you. You also stand to gain friends from different backgrounds and cultures. Remember to be on the alert when interacting with people you just met.

2. Put away your smartphones and tablets

You cannot admire and enjoy your surroundings when you are fixated on you are the screens of your gadgets. In fact, if you need to use maps, you can use the local paper maps to avoid going to your phone time and time again. You should also try to minimize the amount of time you spend taking selfies in order to enjoy the scenery.

3. Don’t overcrowd your itinerary

Having a long list of activities on your to-do list is one of the easiest ways to turn your travel into a total mess. Whether you are heading out to any of the many European cruise ports or any other location, have realistic expectations of how much you can do. When coming up with your itinerary, try to keep it as simple as possible.

4. Avoid being reliant on reviews

Although reviews are supposed to give us an idea of some of the best places we should visit and what to expect, relying on them too much can actually backfire sometimes. This happens a lot, especially when it comes to finding the most suitable accommodation. Different people have different ideas of what is satisfactory and what is good for one person may not necessarily be good for the next person.

5. Hire a guide if you have to

Sometimes, you are better off having a guide to help you make the most of your trip. Guides have a great understanding of the location and can give you great ideas of where the most fun is. They also know the places that you should avoid and will guide you accordingly.

Travelling is meant to be great fun so sit back and enjoy the break, scenery or company with a glass of bubbly in hand. If you are not enjoying yourself, it’s probably your approach may not have been good from the beginning. That is why preparation is so vital. These five tips can help you have a great time on your future travels.