Tipping is one of the most confusing aspects of travel.
While in the US, it’s customary to tip 15 – 20 percent for most services, in Italy or Spain, it’s not customary to leave anything more than rounding up to the nearest euro. Do you tip a cab driver in Argentina, and how much? How much do you give a bellhop luggage assistance in India? And what about housekeeping… do you leave something every day, or just at the end of your trip? It’s enough to make your head spin!
However, no matter where you are in the world, there’s times where giving money just feels… weird. So how do you politely say thank you to someone who’s gone out of their way for you? Give them a souvenir from your hometown.
I learned this genius travel hack from my producer while we were filming in southeast Asia. She always traveled with a dozen I Heart NY shirts. At first I found it puzzling, but once I saw the smile spread across a tee shirt recipient’s face, I got it.
While these shirts aren’t anything special to me, they’re incredibly unique in other parts of the world. Imagine giving Swiss chocolate to someone in Switzerland (or a bottle of French wine to a Parisian) as a thank you. It feels a little lackluster, doesn’t it? A treat from halfway around the world? Now we’re cooking with gas!
Here’s why I always travel with souvenirs from home.
What are some things you always travel with? Share in the comments!