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Some Tips for Tipping

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Some Tips for Tipping

Many first timers to Tunisia ask about tipping

How much ? How often ?

I have met guests who never tip.They feel they paid up front and thats it!

Arrival

.I dont bother with the porters at the airport, unless the transfer coach is a distance away.

I put a coin in the coach drivers plate

Ok, most wont have dinars on arrival. I usually have some from previous visit

Hotel

Porter gets a couple of dinar. If not on arrival ,next day

Maid

We leave the maid some sweets on the pillow daily (usually Roses or those "Celebration" sweets)

Works wonders, we get linen and towels when we dont need them! My wife always leaves the maid some clothes

However you need to inform reception of this .If at the end of the holiday we liked her service, she will also get 20 or 30 dinar

Dining

I usually leave a small tip after evening meal

If served by the same waiter or two, a larger tip for them on departure

Bar

If a tip jar on the bar, I stick a couple of dinar when getting my first beer. This gets attention ! and do this periodically.

If getting waiter service. I tip waiter when leaving bar

If i have a particular favourite barman/barmen I may give them my duty free whisky/vodka as a tip. Also after shave,t- shirts, etc

Pool

I give the pool guy a tip on first day, then now and again if he is getting our matresses for sunlounger

I also make sure he has some bottled water, same for gateman/security

Ok. The total isnt that great. Its not large amounts i tip

However, i enjoy doing this, if i am having a good time

If the staff make me feel good... Thats what its all about !

Regards

Mick

Edited: 26 March 2012, 09:30
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11. Re: Some Tips for Tipping

Disposable lighters are appreciated as well especially if they are different not just plain..

We bought about 20 from the pound shop (2x£1)they were studded with gems and skulls/betty boop etc in garish colours and lit up as well very tacky but the animators and bar staff loved them.

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12. Re: Some Tips for Tipping

I am not so sure about the lighter gift thing

(unless they were bought in resort of course!)

Lighters are forbidden in check in luggage at UK airports

Only one lighter per person is allowed in hand luggage/handbag

Mick

Edited: 10 April 2012, 10:26
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13. Re: Some Tips for Tipping

My apologies if this policy has changed recently,regarding lighters on planes

Mick

Edited: 10 April 2012, 10:28
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14. Re: Some Tips for Tipping

Hey sorry about that you are probably right I dont smoke so just packed these after seeing the waiters and animator lads cadging lighters all the time ooo'ps thinking about it that makes sense imagine everyone on the plane with 20 lighters!!

IGNORE MY BIT ABOUT LIGHTERS

Thanks clerryjungle ;o)

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15. Re: Some Tips for Tipping

I just take a couple of cheap lighters for personal use

If a barman wants one, he gets it, and i buy a cheapie in resort

i have many zippo lighters. I stopped taking them, dont want them confiscated. Too expensive !

Edited: 10 April 2012, 11:51
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16. Re: Some Tips for Tipping

i normally tip in dinar, but do have loads off pound coins, though any coin would be better than none feel real bad i left the made £20 note

normally i get bottles from duty free

oh are locals not allowed to exchange money

Edited: 11 April 2012, 01:34
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17. Re: Some Tips for Tipping

FeeFee.

I have never had a definitive answer on your last question

Maybe its a tax thing :)

Its probably an issue with changing £2 and £1 and 50p coins ,as opposed to notes.

I am sure Khal on here will know the answer.

I find its mostly the hotel porters who end up with pound coins, as most visitor have not yet bought dinars.

Its not the first time a hotel porter has asked me to change money sometimes 10 or 20 pounds worth.

I usually oblige with my own exchange rate:)

Mick

Edited: 11 April 2012, 08:44
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18. Re: Some Tips for Tipping

If you see this past thread with post 4 by Afjab who always gives excellent local knowledge it states locals not allowed to exchange foreign currency.

tripadvisor.co.uk/…38062620

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19. Re: Some Tips for Tipping

yeah i exchange too, will stock up on other small gifts just incase, thanks for the help,

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20. Re: Some Tips for Tipping

<<oh are locals not allowed to exchange money<<

@feefee: official they can only change dinars to western money it they have a visum to travel outside Tunisia.

Less official (:-) they can change notes if they are lucky they find someone who does it ''under the counter'' but they can never change coins

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