Here is my annual tipping guide for travelers –

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Each year I get a bunch of emails asking for my recommendations for tipping when traveling. One major thing people should realize is that most tipping is based on the culture of the country you are traveling to. For example, the standard restaurant tipping for a waiter is 15% to 20% in the U.S. while the culture of tipping in Denmark is that no tips are expected or required. Keep in mind that most service providers in the U.S. are paid a very minimum wage with the expectation that their tips will provide them with a reasonable living wage. In addition to a financial tip, I really enjoy asking for the person’s name and personally thanking them for such outstanding service and letting them know such service has been a blessing to me. I also make sure their boss knows how great of a job they did. Here is my list for recommended tipping:

Skycap: $1 per bag.

Doorman: If he hails a cab, I provide $1-$2. If he runs down the block to flag a cab at the corner, I make it $5.

Bellhop: $1 per bag. Only pay them once when they deliver your bags to your room.

Housekeeper: This is one many people forget to tip. $2-$5 per day. You need to leave a tip daily, because the person that makes up your room on Wednesday may not be the same person that does it the next day. Leave a note by the money marked “Housekeeping – Thank you”.

Concierge: $5-10 for tickets or restaurant reservations; $20 for hard-to-get tickets or reservations (or 10-20% of the ticket price).

Taxi or Uber Driver: 15-20%.

Wait service (sit down): 15-20%.

For a buffet: 10%.

Bartender: $1-2 per drink or 15-20% of the tab.

Restroom attendant: $0.50-$1.

Valet parking: $2-$5. Tip when the car is returned to you.

Tour guide: $5 a day per person for a long tour. $5 to $10 for a one day tour.

Tour bus driver: $3 per day per person.

Weekly Travel Alert writer: $1000 (just kidding!).

Using biometrics in airports is coming faster than you think –

Delta Air Lines just announced that members of their Delta Sky Clubs can now use their fingerprints to check in at all 50 Sky Club Lounges in the U.S. Wow! Can you imagine how much easier that makes things by simply using your fingerprint instead of finding a boarding pass or card? I can see in the near future that you won’t even need a boarding pass to enter a plane. Simply use your fingerprint or maybe even an eye scan will get you on the plane. This is going to happen faster than you can even imagine. CLICK HERE to find out more about the Delta announcement.

Mexico says we should look in the mirror before we tell people it is not safe to travel to Mexico –

Our neighbors to the south have had a strong run of bad luck. What started out with the Zika virus warning, went on to include drug cartel violence, an earthquake, tainted alcohol, and now the tragic death of a family from Iowa. The U.S. government has issued many travel warnings in response to many of these issues. Mexico is now saying hey, wait a minute. Many of the issues that are affecting Mexico have been in areas that do not touch the tourist areas and thus are very overblown. Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism said that if Mexico issued alerts for every violence outbreak in the U.S., that those numbers would vastly outnumber those for Mexico. In an article in Travel Weekly, he listed a handful of American acts of violence such as, “Today, (a shooter in a) Maryland (school), yesterday, (a bomb in Austin,) Texas. The bomb in the subway in New York. The issues in Las Vegas. Tourists were killed (when a terrorist drove a truck onto a bicycle path) in New York. He ended his argument and said: “If I were watching the crime rate in Chicago, I might say, “Well, let’s not go to Chicago.” CLICK HERE to read the whole article.

Attend our FREE Travel Night TONIGHT, featuring Cuba and our European Christmas market tours!

Please join our FREE and exciting Travel Night tonight at 6:30 PM The Harbor Coffeehouse (1265 S Cotner Blvd, Lincoln, NE 68510). We will present two back-by-popular-demand tours taking off later this year. CUBA – one of our most meaningful tours ever offered – an educational “people-to-people” tour and a historic adventure of its own. Our EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS MARKET tour to Austria and Germany will take you on a fairy-tale ride back in time with our favorite tour guide, Hildrun Mathies, by our side. Make sure to RSVP by clicking HERE or call our friendly Group Department at 402-458-9845 to reserve your seat tonight. We are looking forward to seeing you!

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