Because we are living in a material world

Money. Mulah. Cash. Dough. Paper. Coin. Riches. Whatever! It doesn’t matter what you call it but money talks. Hotels are part of the service industry and in the service industry, people like to be appreciated for what they have done. A tip is a great way to show said appreciation. In the United States, many of these positions are paid minimum wage and the tips are the saving grace of being able to afford to eat!

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I work in hotels and I have seen tips range from $1-$2000! So, when do you tip? How much do you tip?

Valet parking – You don’t have to tip when you arrive to the hotel (unless you want to), but tip when someone retrieves your car for you. $2+ is usually fair. If you are driving a nice car, don’t be shocked when you hand someone $2 bucks and they give you a look of disgust. If you can afford $100,000 car then you can afford a bigger tip. Just throwing it out there.

Housekeeping – This department work their butts off! They are scrubbing globs and glue off the floors and ceilings and cleaning up after the mess you made! Just because you are in a hotel room doesn’t mean you should abuse it. If you throw a party in your hotel room, leave a little extra money. But for daily servicing leave $1-$5. If you are in a suite, leave a little more because it takes them a bit longer to clean. Leave a tip each day so that whoever cleaned your room on that day receives the tip. But if you forget, leave a lump sum on your last day. Make sure to leave a little note letting them know that the money is for them.

Bellmen – Throw the poor guys a few bucks. They are lugging around luggage all day and hardly acknowledged. $1-$2 per bag is customary. If they go above and beyond, throw ’em some more!

Concierge – Just because it is the job of the concierge to be helpful doesn’t mean a little gratitude isn’t appreciated. If you are at their desk taking up a long period of time booking tours and tickets and getting you into that sold out restaurant that takes at least a month notice, then give them a tip. Use your discretion on this one but $10+ is much appreciated.

Front Desk – If all they did was check you in and hand you your keys, no tip is necessary. But did they go above and beyond and give you a few pointers about the area or notice that you have a child with you and offer to have some children’s amenities sent to the room? Throw down a few bucks with a smile and a thank you.

Room service – Every hotel is different. Usually there is a delivery fee and gratuity already included on your bill. Double check when you receive your check to make sure a tip is being left.

Restaurants and bars – Tip your server and tip your bartenders. Servers should receive 15% for average service but 20% is becoming the new standard. For a bartender, think $1 per drink. If you ask them to make you a mojito, you better be leaving them more than a $1!

All and all, tip at your discretion. If things were terrible then don’t tip. Don’t feel obligated to tip. Some hotels do not accept tips! But step back for a second and think about everything that these people are doing for you, and leave that money in their pockets!

 

 

Be seeing you. I hope not sporadically.

Part of the fun of traveling is being spontaneous. Travelzoo is one of the best sites to inspire a spontaneous trip if there is a little flexibility with your work schedule or if you just want to have a little fun. Last year I found out about a crazy airfare deal to Peru around 8:00am and had my flight booked by 5:00pm that evening. Apparently there was a glitch in the airline system and the rates were incorrect, but they had to honor the reservations that were made. Some people went to book this deal later on and it was GONE!

Travelzoo sends emails everyday or once a week or however often you choose and they always have tempting deals. This year I received an email from Travelzoo that caught my eye for a 9 day trip to China inclusive of airfare, hotels, tours and some meals through China Spree that was beyond cheap! Obviously I had to book it! Stay tuned for updates about that trip in the next few weeks!

Be spontaneous! Be adventurous! Be daring! And hopefully, I’ll be seeing you.

Unlimited Metro rides for $10? Don’t mind if I do?

Thanks to my fellow blogger The Darling Niki, I have found a great way to travel around Southern California for just $10 a day.

Metrolink is offering a Weekend Day Pass for only $10 per day. This pass allows a rider to ride anytime, anywhere system-wide on either Saturday or Sunday.

The Weekend Day Pass offers free connectivity to most rail or bus throughout Southern California. For example, after you purchased your Weekend Day Pass and took Metrolink from Irvine to downtown LA, you can board the subway at Union Station and ride all the way to Hollywood and Highland for free! The Weekend Day Pass does not allow for free transfers to the Coaster and other transit systems in San Diego county.

Check the schedule for weekend departure times.

The $10 Weekend Day Pass is available for purchase through all Metrolink ticket vending machines (TVM) on Saturday and Sunday only.

Step out of your comfort zone and take a day to discover everything Los Angeles has to offer.

British traveller 24, spends £125,000 and five years visiting every country on earth

British traveller 24, spends £125,000 and five years visiting every country on earth

In honor of my ultimate goal, I hope to follow more people like this. To be able to have the funds (about $200,000) to travel the world in 5 years is pretty crazy. I hope to see about 50 countries in a year on about 1/10th of that budget.

Click on the title to learn more about this awesome traveler!

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A new way to get around a city

I was recently in Scottsdale for a quick two week work assignment which meant I was in a city without a car. With the rise of Uber and Lyft and all the other awesome share ride options out there, I find that I am not as worried about how to get around once I am in a city. Leave it to crazy Old Town to allow people to drive around in golf carts and pick up people as needed. These golf carts work for tips and circle around the main areas. Can we say genius???

Make sure to check out Whiskey Row, The Lodge and El Hefe to keep you entertained and stay at the awesome Hotel Indigo so you are in walking distance to almost everything!

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Travel tip: Make sure to carry some small bills to tip these awesome drivers and you will get home safe and sound and for super cheap.