Tipping Tips

It’s hard enough knowing how much you should tip your cab driver, waitress, or local barista, but what about when you’re traveling? How much should you tip the porter who brings your bags to your hotel room? What about your cabin steward on a cruise ship? 

Fortunately, Smarter Travel recently published a handy tipping guide that answers those questions and more.  Print it out, fold along the dotted lines, and bring it with you on your next “escape”. Now you’ll know that your tour bus driver expects $1-$3 per day, and the bathroom attendant gets $1.

Of course, this is the U.S. guide….so I’m eagerly awaiting the versions for other countries!


You provided excellent guidance for us. I appreciated that you really had us think about what was most important to us when we were selecting the right cruise – and not to totally focus on what other people had to say. THANK YOU for helping to make this a memorable trip for our family! It really was a trip of a lifetime!

Clare and Mark (family cruise to Alaska)

The level of service we experienced was out of this world (and we did NOT make it easy on Ann). We weren’t quite sure where we wanted to go, when we would be able to go, or what “vibe” we were going for. After asking us some key questions (what we liked, didn’t like, why, etc.) Ann helped us narrow down our trip details and planned the honeymoon of our dreams. She helped book some of our excursions, answered some emergency questions while abroad and was always available/willing to help. I think it’s safe to say we won’t be using anyone else for future travel planning – Ann is a rockstar!

Carli (Italy and Spain)