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Tipping: The Ultimate Guide to Tipping for Travelers

Ever walk into a hotel and wonder if you should have tipped the doorman? Our handy pocket guide to tipping will help you know who deserves a tip—and how much they should get.

Ever walk into a hotel and wonder if you should have tipped the doorman? Or been perplexed by the automatic gratuity on your spa treatment? Travelers encounter a lot of new people, from tour guides to cruise ship stewards, and it’s not always clear if you should hand them a tip or just offer a hearty handshake.

Our new pocket Tipping Guide (in both a mobile-friendly and printable version) is perfect for all travelers. Whether you’re a seasoned jetsetter or a casual tourist, this handy reference covers just about everyone you might meet out on the road. With guides for tipping people in the hotel, transportation, leisure, dining, and cruising industries, you’ll always feel confident when you run into a new situation. We’ve also included a quick reference for gratuity percentages. And best of all, the Tipping Guide is downloadable and folds into a pocket size, to fit easily in your wallet.

So be sure to take the SmarterTravel Tipping Guide—and plenty of small change—with you on your next vacation, and you’ll be ready for anyone who crosses your path. (And yes, you should tip the restroom attendant.)


Downloadable PDF: SmarterTravel Tipping Guide

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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2010. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.

By Jaclyn Liechti

Copy Editor Jaclyn Liechti has been with SmarterTravel since June 2009. She holds a master's degree in writing, literature, and publishing from Emerson College.

Born and raised in the Midwest, she has marveled at the grandeur of Mount Rushmore and been whitewater rafting in Colorado, but has yet to make it to the "ruins" of Carhenge in her home state of Nebraska. A semester in Dublin allowed her to visit more far-flung destinations such as Rome, Mykonos, and London, but her travel aspirations are far from complete.

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