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 personally asking for the person’s name and personally thanking them for such outstanding service and to let them know that such service has been a blessing to me. I also make sure their boss knows how great 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 bags to your room.
Housekeeper: This is the one many people forget to tip. $2-$5 per day. You need to leave 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 long tour. $5 to $10 for one day tour.
Tour bus driver: $3 per day per person.
Weekly Travel Alert writer: $1000 (just kidding!)

Executive Travel is auctioning off a 6-day/5-night hotel stay in Cancun, Mexico this week –

Executive Travel is pleased to announce the launching of our exciting Executive Travel Auctions again this week. Twice a month we auction off airline tickets, cruises, and hotel stays around the world. All auctions start on Tuesday morning at 10:00am and end on Friday at noon, central time. Every auction item will start the bidding at only $5 so everybody has the fun to participate. This week’s auction will be a 6-day/5-night hotel stay at the Westin Resort and Spa, Cancun, Mexico with a value of over $1100. We are also pleased to announce that all proceeds from this auction go to the People’s City Mission. CLICK HERE to view, bid and win!
P.S. Please be aware you must register on the auction site before you can bid. If you have questions about the bidding process, please email

U.S. and U.K. bans laptop use on flights from 10 foreign airports as security precaution –

Citing potential security threats the U.S. several days ago listed 10 foreign airports with direct flights to the U.S. that will be prohibited from allowing passengers to carry-on all of their tablets, e-readers, DVD players, cameras, game units, travel printers and scanners. Basically only cell phones will be allowed to be carried-on the flights. The foreign flagged airlines are seeing this as a big problem that will prevent business travelers from using them if they have to give up their laptops during the flights. In just the last few days many of the airlines announced they will be loaning tablets and laptops to customers in business and first class in hopes that this will slow the stampede away from them if business travelers have to give up their laptops. CLICK HERE to learn how many airlines are working around the laptop ban.

Attend our FREE upcoming Travel Night! –

Please attend our FREE and exciting travel night this coming Thursday, April 6th, at 6:30pm, at the Bernina Suite #27 at The Shoppes at Piedmont, 1265 S Cotner Blvd, Lincoln, NE 68510. Join us for a wonderful evening to learn about two of our favorite tours: The Unforgettable Asia, featuring the amazing and mystical Taiwan, Vietnam and Hong Kong, hosted by Allen Beermann, Executive Director – Nebraska Press Association, and the alluring Blue Danube River Cruise, from Budapest to Prague, hosted by Marie and Steve Glenn. Space is limited for this event – reserve your spot immediately. Call 402-458-9845 or email us at to tell us how many are in your party. We are looking forward to seeing you!



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