To tip, or not to tip?
Money is a sensitive subject, taboo even in some places, because let’s face it, it’s quite uncomfortable, isn’t it? However, when it comes to saving money, we have to do it if it’s at all possible, especially in this day and age. Another subject regarding money which is a little uncomfortable, is tipping.
Do you tip? If you feel the level of service is substandard, do you feel pressurised into tipping regardless? It’s a difficult subject.
Not many of us have money to spare these days, so saving money is key. A good way to do this is to pre-book money saving airport extras before you leave, which will mean you don’t have to watch the pennies quite so much whilst you’re away. I recently booked airport parking with BCP, and I saved quite a bit compared with how much the train was going to cost me. I’d really recommend looking into this option, because not only was it a much less stressful journey, but the saved money really did help. Once you’ve paid for your meal or drinks, it’s difficult to know how much to tip, and if you don’t have money to burn, you might be tempted not to, but you do have to remember that these people are trying to make a living! Any savings you can make pre-holiday will make it easier for you to be able to follow etiquette without feeling rude.
How much to tip and how to do it really depends on where you’re going, and the variations are wide and too much to discuss here. Basically, you need to research what is the ‘done thing’ before you go, specific to your destination. If you’re heading to the USA, remember it’s customary to tip around 15-20% of the bill in a restaurant, and although it’s not the law that you have to tip, it’s almost seen as an “ethical law”. Basically you don’t have to, but you might feel a little uncomfortable and cringey if you don’t.
When I go away to European holiday resorts, maybe after a few beachfront bar drinks, I always leave a few Euros, lira, whatever the currency is, on top of the bill, because let’s face it, if you go back to that particular restaurant, you want good service again. People don’t forget!
As we’ve discussed, money is one of those strange subjects we don’t like to talk about, but people in resorts are trying to make a living, and often the tips are shared out amongst staff, so bear that in mind. I’m not suggesting you leave a huge tip, unless you feel they deserve it of course, but just a little is enough.
If you make your own savings prior to going on holiday, this will be easier for you, so remember to grab those bargains, such as free child places, last minute bookings, and parking spaces, and you’ll be happier about the whole tipping debate. If you are driving yourself to the airport, be sure to check out the offers at ParkBCP, as I’ve always found a great deal with them.
To tip, or not to tip? My advice – tip, but in moderation!