Lessons from a Corporate Bus: Travel Tipping

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We know that etiquette is a complicated thing, often like its language--and that's just in your home town! As you travel, you'll find that the language of etiquette has many different dialects, and this is never more true than when it comes to tipping. You'll probably run into countless opportunities to leave a tip during your travels, and luckily, our Corporate Bus experts have seen a lot on their travels and know a thing or two about this unique "dialect" of etiquette.


Tipping is one of the more complicated aspects of etiquette, no matter where you are, and that's simply because you are essentially communicating through money. You want to be polite, but you're wary of over-tipping; you want to leave the proper amount, but you don't want to tip at a hotel the same way you'd tip at a restaurant. There are a lot of subtle and unspoken rules about tipping, and you, as an innocent and happy traveler, don't want to become the "rude tourist" that the hotel employees, shuttle drivers, or waiters and waitresses might mutter about behind their hands. Don't worry. Our experts can help you learn the dialect of travel tipping etiquette!

Quick Tips

There are a few tipping tips (no pun intended) that you're likely to use more often than others, but this is just scraping the surface of a unique and complex part of etiquette. Here's a quick look!

  • Not tipping. This is one of the biggest mistakes anyone can make, traveler or not! The truth is that, while tipping is a good way to communicate, it's not a good way to communicate your dissatisfaction. Leave the customary 10 - 15 percent, and talk to a manager instead.
  • Hotel tipping. We call it "hotel tipping," but it's a rule of thumb for bed and breakfasts, too. Even if you're not sure whether there is a housekeeping staff, leave a tip next to the bed--someone is working to keep these rooms clean, and they will certainly appreciate the tip.
  • Currency. One of the more complicated aspects of tipping comes into play when you're visiting a foreign country. Can you tip in a different currency? The rule is that you should always try to tip in the currency used by the country you're visiting, but, if you can't do that, it's okay to leave different currency.

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