You’ve been looking forward to your vacation for months — but a few days into your trip, you find yourself feeling tired and listless, without the energy or enthusiasm to go out and explore. You don’t want to do anything, you don’t want to interact with anyone, and it takes everything you have just to get out of bed. For people traveling with depression, this scenario might sound uncomfortably familiar.

If it does, you’re not alone. Depression is one of the most common mental health problems, affecting more than 300 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This includes plenty of travelers. “Mental health issues are among the leading causes of ill health among travelers,” notes WHO, “and ‘psychiatric emergency’ is one of the most common medical reasons for air evacuation, along with injury and cardiovascular disease.”

If you’re struggling with depression, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t travel, but you may need to take a little extra care and preparation to ensure that your trip goes smoothly. The following tips can help make traveling with depression a little easier.

Assess yourself honestly before traveling with depression

Before you book any flights, take stock of whether you’re really ready to leave home. “Make sure your depression is well controlled,” advises Dr. Sarah Kohl of TravelReadyMD. “Typically this means no medication changes or flare-ups within the last three months.” If you see a doctor or therapist for your depression, he or she can help you assess your fitness for travel.

Know your options

Mental health problems are not handled the same way in every country. “Be aware of how…