We’ve been very lucky to travel – and we know it. We started traveling on a shoestring many years ago. Even in those days, when we could barely afford the least expensive motel room, we always left a tip for the housekeeping staff (in the US or any other country where we traveled and the practice of tipping is accepted). We did it then, and we do it now. A few weeks ago a housekeeping woman raced over to thank us for leaving a tip. She said she rarely gets tipped. Really?! What could possibly be anyone’s excuse for not tipping?
I can’t afford it. This is the lamest excuse of all. If you could afford the room, you can afford to tip. The cleaning staff should not be expected to contribute their expected tip to your trip fund.
My parents never told me. There were a lot of things your parents didn’t tell you – like sex? That hasn’t stopped you.
I don’t believe in tipping. In the best of worlds we’d go for this too, but we live in a society where too often service staff are grossly underpaid with the expectation that their tips will bring their earnings up to a livable wage. Do you tip the wait staff in a restaurant? Then why not hotel housekeeping staff?
I didn’t know. OK, but now you do know, and you can engage in the joy of tipping from now on.
Maybe it’s just us, but it seems to us that traveling responsibly includes tips along the way for those making your bed. Human kindness works both ways. Right?