Gay Travel: What to Tip When Traveling

Published Date Author: , December 26th, 2010

The friendly doorman is at the curb in an uncharacteristically severe San Francisco downpour, and he’s trying to get me a cab. Once he finally snags one, he follows me with the umbrella to make sure that I don’t get soaked, ruining my always-gorgeous appearance. He opens the door and I jump in.

There’s an awkward pause that I have been dreading, because I don’t have any cash to tip him with. I hate not tipping, because hospitality workers are often unappreciated and certainly under paid. Most people don’t tip right, or at all, because they have never been educated to what the normal is.

In general, the rule is: tip when special attention has been given. Don’t feel obligated to tip if the service has been mediocre, but reward good service whenever possible.

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