We all know vacations are expensive, but one thing you may not budget in is tipping. What may seem like a few dollars here and there can add up quicker than you think. When you go on a trip, you can expect there to be far more people you will be expected to tip.

When you get to the hotel, the bellhop will be the first person you will be expected to tip. They will be carrying your bag to your room, so tip them at least $1 per bag.

The next person you should expect to tip at the hotel is housekeeping. Unless you have completely destroyed the room, a couple of dollars is fine.’

You will also want to always tip the valet exact time they retrieve your car. Don’t you want to stay on the good side of the person handling your car?

Most hotels allow you the option to check your bags, in case you arrive early, or want to explore the town after your check out time, and they will look after your bags. If you use this service, be sure to tip at least $1-$2 per bag. If you have a particularly important bag, maybe tip up to $5-$10. In this case, it may be a good idea to tip beforehand to encourage special care is taken for your item.

Also while traveling you will likely be utilizing more services. For example, you would be more likely to take part in a guided tour. If you do, keep in mind that you are expected to tip your guide, generally at least 10%.

If you are in a tourist rich area, the area will likely cater to tourist. You may see things like people dressed up in different costumes taking photos with people. While they are more than happy to take photos and ae dressed up for this very reason, they will want to be tipped in exchange for the privilege of taking a photo with them.

Know the Local Customs:

If you are traveling to a different country, it is important to note that their culture on tipping may be different. For example, in America it is common to tip a server 20% of the bill, however in many countries 10% is average.

If you are traveling overseas, research the tipping culture before leaving. This will save you from spending far more than you need to, or seeming rude by not tipping at times when it is expected.

So before leaving for your vacation, don’t forget to budget tipping into your expenses. Plan to pay with cash, so go ahead and take out plenty of cash in small bills so you are always prepared to reward people for their service while on vacation.

Written by Jennifer

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