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Proper tipping etiquette in the U.S. and Europe

When traveling, tipping is a typical practice when dining out in restaurants in Europe or U.S.

But that is just not where tipping is also practiced. For a frequent traveler, tipping is usually involved in almost all manner of activity during a trip.

I really don’t want to tip, but in some countries, I have no choice.

The most important thing is that the traveler knows the right way of tipping. Here are some tipping etiquette basics that most travelers should know.

Tipping In Hotels

When arriving at the hotel, the first person you may meet may either be the doorman or the bellman.

Travelers may give a tip to the one who will help them with carrying their luggage in through the hotel.

The usual tip for this is $ 1 to $ 2 per bag in addition to tips for some extra service like assisting you at checkout.

The hotel concierge is the go-to guy if you need something immediately, even if it is hard to come by.

In Exchange for such services, tipping from $ 5 to $ 10 is usually the norm, considering some of the amazing feats they can do for you as a customer.

Tipping On Cruises

When going out on a cruise, the usual tips go to cruise personnel who work on the dining area or those who takes care of your rooms.

For the waiters and other dining staff providing you good service, the tip may range from $ 2 to $ 3 per person.

For those room attendants, the usual tipping rate goes for $ 2 to $ 3 per day.

Tipping On Restaurants

Restaurants and eateries usually are known as a common ground for tipping.

The usual or accepted rate is anywhere from 15 to 20 percent of the bill but can even be increased if service was truly exceptional.

In most fancy restaurants, there are also other restaurant personnel like the maitre d’ to tip especially when it comes to providing you with a table to dine.

On a crowded day, it is normal to tip up to $10 especially if you come to the restaurant without a reservation yet are still promptly given a table.

Restroom attendants in fancy restaurants may also be tipped $1.

Restaurant personnel that provide you some personal service in your table may be given 10 percent of the total bill, even higher if given some exquisite service.