When going on a vacation you can significantly decrease your budget by knowing how to travel smart. To me traveling smart means taking advantage of seemingly inconsequential details that can lead to small savings, but when added up amounts to much.
During the next few weeks I will be writing about money saving tips for your next vacation.
Tip #1 – Tipping
Tipping cost money. I am not saying that you shouldn’t tip to save money but that you should be smart when giving tips. When giving
tips make sure you know the going rate in the country you are visiting. In most third world countries if you convert your money to the local currency you
will be surprised that what seems like an embarrassingly small tip will be considered as just the right amount in that country.
Aside from knowing how much to tip, you should also learn when NOT to tip. In many establishments, especially in restaurants, a service charge is already included in your bill. If you see that the bill includes a service charge already then you don’t really need to tip.
There are also establishments that have a no tipping policy. Find out the policy of the resort/hotel you are staying at to know whether you have to tip the bellboy and other crew in that establishment.
Of course, if you are really impressed by someone’s service then tip more than what is required or expected but remember you will save plenty if you simply know if you are required to tip and how much is expected of you.
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