To tip, or not to tip? That is the question! Here’s a simple tipping guide to follow the next time you’re in question:
Even though tips are technically covered at all-inclusive resorts, bringing small bills like 1’s and 5’s is always recommended for tipping here and there. Since hotel employees work very hard, they appreciate when their great service is recognized. For things like room service or requests from a concierge, $5-10 will do. For housekeeping services, it’s recommended to tip around $5 per day, while for the bellhop, $1-2 per bag is pretty standard.
Around the resort, $2 for every other round of drinks at the bar is perfectly acceptable, while $10 for dinner service is recommended. If you feel that your food or drink service has been particularly exceptional at your all-inclusive resort, $1-2 per drink at the bar or a few extra dollars for a great dinner is considered a fine compliment! For dinner at a local restaurant in the area, a 15-20 percent tip is perfect.
Since your airport transfer driver isn’t a hotel employee, they’ll expect a tip. In this case, it’s recommended to give a $10 tip for a private ride or $2 per bag for a shared ride. If you go on a guided tour excursion say, in Europe, you’ll want to tip your driver at least $1-3 per day to be safe.
For spa treatments, a $10 bill or 10-20 percent tip is perfectly fine. For tour guides, $5 will suffice for a half day excursion, while up to $7 is recommended for a full day trip. Coatroom/bathroom attendants and shoe shiners appreciate a few dollars for their great service, too!
I hope this tipping guide comes as a good resource to you during your travels –whether it be at an all-inclusive resort, dining on vacation, or partaking in leisurely activities. Just remember, if you’re ever in doubt, tip what you’re comfortable with based on the service you receive. Another thing to keep in mind is that tipping rules vary depending on the country you’re visiting. Some countries like Japan don’t accept tips, while in France, a 15 percent tip is typically included in the bill.
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