Travel Tipping Is Getting Out Of Hand

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It used to be travellers stressed over what to tip the waitress. Today they have to fret over dozens of tips, including some that may be hidden.USA Today’s Kitty Bean Yancey details some of the unexpected tips. They include:

Airport rental car shuttle drivers. Viewed by some as nothing more than bus drivers, these drivers still beg for tips by eagerly rushing to help passengers who don’t need aid, and trying to be “theatrical” on the mic. 

All-inclusive resort staffers. Certain resorts, like Sandals, bar workers from soliciting tips, but that doesn’t mean the workers won’t try to earn a little bit extra. “Some (travellers) found tips were expected, others say tips were refused,” said USA Today. Regardless, some consumers still feel guilted into tipping, particularly in low-income countries where workers are barely scraping by. 

European servers. They may get paid more abroad, but their living costs (and taxes) are higher than in the U.S. One American server who’s worked in Sweden said these “people live off tips” because they’re aren’t earning enough to get by. 

Hotel valets and bellhops. Whether it’s the person parking your car or the guy carrying bags from Point A to Point B, many consumers find themselves shelling out $20 from the moment they set foot in the lobby. One traveller USA Today interviewed said he spent $22 on bellhops and valet at a Vegas casino. 

When travelling, make sure to budget for gratuity costs and turn to guides like Trip Advisor and Steve Dublanica’s book, Keep the Change, for advice. And never be afraid to say not to tips—clearly not every worker expects them. 

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