Ever wonder what is the right amount to tip when you are traveling domestically or internationally? The answer is here!
I don’t know about you, but I have found the proper etiquette to tipping to be somewhat baffling. I believe in tipping and rewarding for good service. It is known that most people working in the travel industry (especially abroad) rely on tips for the majority of their income. With this in mind, it is important that these individuals be rewarded appropriately when they are doing their job well and create a positive experience. As importantly, it most often leads to a higher level of service and enjoyment. However, it is often confusing as to what is fair and appropriate. I have not found there is one method that everyone agrees on. After a lot of research and personal experience, I would like to share my five star tipping method. I have created a guide that has proven to be quite successful for me and others.
First, a little about why I feel it is such an essential to tip appropriately when traveling. I believe it is a privilege and a gift to experience luxury travel. I appreciate being able to travel at a 5-star luxury level on a budget. Part of what enhances these experiences is meeting people who help you along your journey. The phrase “pay it forward” is a concept that should be practiced when we travel. It is important to acknowledge the individuals that helped make your trip memorable. It is often most appreciated by service staff when this acknowledgement is monetary.
My travel has been enhanced to amazing levels by following this personal philosophy. Along the way I have met drivers, guides, valets, concierge staff, hotel employees, restaurant employees, etc., who have given me invaluable guidance and service. You just cannot get the high level of advice and insights from just website, app or from guidebooks. It is important to acknowledge this and we do this through tipping. The adage: I have given much, so I too must give. Call it Karma, call it the Golden Rule, call it anything you like, but expression of gratitude in words as well as your actions is important, especially when travelling.
Tipping is a personal decision and should be based on your own values.
Here are my 5 Star Tipping Tips🌟
🌟 Tip in cash. This way the individual that is doing a good job receives the money directly, instead of having to share the tips with others who did not work as hard. Often, when using a credit card to tip, the tips are pooled and not directed to the individual that went above and beyond. In planning any trip, I budget for my tips and carry cash in small bills. This could differ in other countries and requires minimal planning. I make sure to have cash handy to be able to tip when appropriate.
🌟 Check to see if the tip is not already included in your purchased price or bill as a service charge. There are times when traveling that the tip is already added to your bill. You can always tip more and it is up to your discretion Internationally, there are differing customs for tipping. Refer to the chart below for advice depending on the country you are traveling to.
🌟 Hand the person the tip respectfully and inconspicuously. Don’t be boastful about it. It is also a good idea to put the tip in an envelope with a brief thank you note.
🌟 Base the tip on the full cost of the service rendered, especially if you use a coupon or gift certificate.
🌟 When you are in a situation where you just aren’t sure, Ask! For example, I find that the receptionist or concierge at a hotel are good resources.
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