Every year Americans willingly hand over an estimated $40,000,000,000 in tips to service personnel. With 31 tipped service professions – more than any other country – tipping can be a minefield for visitors and international residents. So who should you tip, how much… and why?
I love ancient stories that teach a lesson and one of my favourites is the Indian parable of the blind men describing an elephant.
As several blind men describe what they experience when they touch an elephant, they variously describe it as like a wall, rope, snake and so on, depending on the area of the animal they touched. All correct, but none fully accurate. I believe that travel is the same; our experiences are subjective, so we should be wary of conclusive declarations.