When it comes to taking time off of work, what’s worse than saving up all of your precious vacation days just to take a trip that’s, well, awful? Probably nothing.

Although it’s almost impossible to avoid pre-trip stress, that doesn’t mean the entire thing has to go to waste. In the infographic below, experts weigh in on what makes for the best vacations and what you can do to prolong that post-vacation happiness.

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Infographic courtesy of Happify Daily. Photo of vacation cat courtesy of Shutterstock.