Did you know that “tip” is an acronym? Do you know what “tip” stands for? Tip stands for “to insure promptness.” Today, “tip” has become synonymous with gratuity and is widely expected among those working all types of service industries – no matter how prompt or good/bad their service was.
So how much should you tip when you travel? RealSimple.com recently wrote an article about how much they think travelers should be tipping. Personally, I think tipping is an individual thing and you should do what you’re comfortable with and can afford. I also think that where you are in the world should determine how much you tip. Some cultures don’t expect tips. Some people are offended by tipping. It’s always best to research in advance, ask people who have already been to a destination or ask someone at the hotel (like a manager who doesn’t expect to be tipped) what is customary. It’s also worth noting that in countries where tipping isn’t expected, staff at many brand name western style hotels may expect tips.
I decided to compare my tipping habits to the list RealSimple came up with.
- $1 to $3 if he brings your bag to the front desk or flags down a cab for you. Up it to $5 if he hails a taxi for you in the rain.
- $1 to $5 per bag delivered to your room.
- $2 to $5 a day for chain hotels and B & Bs. For luxury resorts, where rooms require more upkeep, tip $5 to $20 a day.
- 15 to 20 percent of the cost of the meal. If a service charge appears on your tab, the gratuity is included.
- $5 to $50, depending on whether the service was minor (booking you a restaurant reservation) or major (scoring hard-to-get tickets).
- $2 to $5. Tip when you pick up the car, not when you drop it off. But if you just got a new set of wheels, you may want to hand the first valet a few bucks, too.
- $1 to $2 per delivery for items that don’t come with the room, such as a razor or a tube of toothpaste.
- 10 to 20 percent of the treatment cost. Leave the tip with the receptionist.
- Zero. There’s no need to pay someone who fixes things (the TV, the AC) that were supposed to work already.
- $2 to $3.
- $1 to $3 if he brings your bag to the front desk. I would tip $2 if flags down a cab for you. Nothing extra for the rain – the hotel should have umbrellas and ponchos for the rain.
- delivered to your room and tip $1 extra if a bag is extremely heavy or awkward size and requires special handling.
- I agree with RS with one addition. If no service charge is included in the bill, I tip 10-15%. I don’t think room service delivery requires as much as traditional dining does because they’re bringing you a tray one time. They don’t have to get refills, they don’t have to check back with you, and so forth. Therefore, 10-15%. However, when I am in a country where 10-15% is less than $1 USD, I will always round up to at least $1 (usually $2).
- Totally agree with RS here. I don’t tip anything for room repairs.
So, how do you determine what tips to leave?