Travel Manners: Knowing When To Tip

§ July 1st, 2016 § Filed under Accommodation Comments Off on Travel Manners: Knowing When To Tip

One thing that all experienced travellers know to do is to tip appropriately. In some western countries the tip is usually 10% of the total cost. In other countries, it depends on the patron’s mood. Whatever the sum, it is important to know when and how to tip because more often than not, those on the receiving end live for the tips that supplements their meagre income. Here are some instances where you should tip the service provider when travelling in a foreign country:

In a Restaurant

The customary practice is to leave an appropriate amount of money as a tip in the receipt folder if the restaurant or establishment has not added a service charge. Many restaurants do not add a service charge, thus leaving it up to the customer to ‘pay’ for service. Think of it as a kindness however, as these establishments do not pay their workers very well. However, even when they do charge you for service, remember that those who serve you do so at a physical cost. They may be trained for it, but it is still physical labour. Leave a small tip if you can’t afford a big one, but leave a tip anyway.

In Accommodation

Finding the right location to stay, whether it’s a hotel, guest house, serviced apartments or capsule hotel, you room/bed will be cleared out by someone else at the end of your stay. Cleaners and maids in the hotel industry get no increments, rarely get a bonus and they have one of the dirtiest jobs in the industry – literally. So leave a tip. Experienced travellers who stay in hotels leave tips for the maids under a pillow or in the bathroom so that the bellboys won’t take them (the bellboys are usually tipped separately for taking your luggage).

This is especially true of serviced apartments where people usually do their own cooking and generally treat their accommodation like home; the maids have to make it spotless before the next guests come in.

The Valet Service

This is related to accommodation, although any location can have a valet service. These valets park hundreds of cars a day (depending on where they work) and have to play nice to every client or customer who hands them the key. Not all vehicles are smooth Italian jobs either, so next time a valet takes your keys, add a sweetener to keep him/her happy. If you forget at the outset or you prefer not to tip in advance, remember to tip when you leave. After all, the valet did safely park your car and save you the trouble of walking up from the parking lot.

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