Travel tips can help you have a stress free travel experience. Some tips are not so obvious, though. The following are some tips to help make your travel plans go a little more smoothly.

It’s finally lunchtime and, in preparation for your weekend, you decide to eat light. Browsing through the stack of menus in your office, there’s one which sports another nifty QR code. Above the code are the words, “check our healthy specials”. You click and find that today’s special is field greens with sesame chicken. Perfect, you think, as you grab your wallet.

Don’t fear flying with infants. Gone are the days when airlines offered discounted rates for all children. But most airlines still let you hold a child younger than 2 on your lap for no charge — or pay a discounted infant fare for a seat for your tot. Plenty of us here at Kiplinger’s have flown across the country — an even the ocean — with small children and survived the experience. Besides, attending to a baby for a few hours on a plane beats several hours in a car — especially when traffic is heavy and you need to concentrate on the road, not your child. Learn more about airline policies for traveling with infants.

A tight budget is no excuse for a cheap hotel room. Use the Internet to your advantage to find the lowest rates available for the best rooms in town. Log on to your cheap cruise agent website – you will be surprised at what you may find.

The Galapagos Islands are part of the country of Ecuador and are located at a distance of around 965 km from its mainland. To get there, you will first travel to Quito or Guayaquil and fly to one of the two island airports on San Cristobal or Baltra.

Book early. Okay, I know this sounds like a contradiction to book last minute. However, when sale rates are released, snap ’em up, because there will be limited seats available.

Second, get your car checked out before you hit the road. Usually a simple oil change will suffice. Trust me, you don’t want to be stranded in the middle of Nevada because you thought you could go an extra 2,000 miles without getting that oil change. Also, make sure they put air in your tires. Under inflated tires can reduce your gas mileage by 3% which can be quite costly when driving long distances. Fill up all fluids and the tank. It might be a good idea to get an extra carton of oil for your car just in case.

Financial assistance. As a reminder, not all guests will attend a destination wedding. With today’s economy, some individuals just cannot afford the cost. As disappointing as this can be, do not let it ruin your special day. Do not feel pressured to change plans or provide compensation. You should not have to pay for an aunt or cousin to attend your destination wedding. If they cannot afford the cost, they cannot afford the cost. With that said, if any immediate family members or wedding party members need financial assistance, consider offering it, but only if you can afford.