Travel Etiquette

Sometimes guests might not know how much to tip the person at the door who greets you upon your arrival, hands you an umbrella when you have to go out and it is raining and always gives you perfect, to the point, directions till you know your way around town. Of course, he or she addresses you by your name, too.

Then there is the bellman who brings up your luggage and the housekeeper who cleans your room, makes your bed, fluffs your pillows and uses a bookmark to close your book that you left open, upside down, on your bedside table.

And what about the Concierge who was able to get you a last minute reservation at the most popular restaurant in town or front row tickets to a sold out Heat game?

At the Red Fort in New Delhi shoes are left by the entrance. Nina Eberlijn, Photo by Andrew Kaufman.

At the Red Fort in New Delhi shoes are left by the entrance. Nina Eberlijn, Photo by Andrew Kaufman.

Here we will be making some suggestions in regards to tipping and how else you can show gratitude for those who take care of you. Also expect some cultural do’s and don’ts since we live in a multicultural world after all and some of us like to travel far. Did you know for example that when visiting an Indonesian house or many temples in Asia, you should leave your shoes at the front door and go barefoot?

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