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I won a competition for a trip to Brazil, which includes a hotel stay and tours. The person arranging it has not been helpful - not replying to e-mail, not explaining what was, or was not, included. Should I bring a gift with me for the person who will be escorting me or are they likely to expect a cash tip? If the rest of the trip is as badly organised I won't want to give them anything!

I have arranged to extend the trip at my own expense and shall be visiting a bird lodge where the services of the guide are included. Assuming they are helpful I would expect to leave them something. What is usual?

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1. Re: Tips?

I am not sure if there is a usual in your situation. It also isn't clear if you are including the local escort in your complaint of non-responsiveness. If so, consideration of any tip should naturally await the rendition of services. Let your conscience be your guide. Money is always appreciated, but a cash tip might not be as nice as something from duty free,,,depending on the age and gender of your guide. If you later decide the guide does not deserve it , consume it or keep it depending.

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I disagree. People who work as guides/escorts are working for money to support themselves and their families. GIve cash tips and let them decide how to spend it, rather than buy something they might find useless. (If you were visiting someone known to you, this might be different.)

There was a fairly recent previous thread on the subject of tips that you may find helpful about amounts. The general category of guides was mentioned. Tip should be based on number of days/hours you are guided (which you didn't mention in either case) and quality of service.

To be fair, please consider the effort the guide/escort has made on your behalf when considering a tip (or size thereof). Consider what part of the service you are expecting is under that person's direct control and what part s/he is not responsible for (but is, rather, the responsibility of the organizing agency).

Have a good trip.

england
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3. Re: Tips?

Thanks. I've had a search and come up with guides for restaurants but not tips for tour guides.

The prize part of the trip is for 3 days but because I can't get replies to queries I really don't know if there will be one person or if they have booked various tourist tours.

The part I have booked is also 3 days and the accommodation charge of 80 us dollars includes going out with someone employed by the place I'm staying.

I'm aware there is a lot of poverty in parts of Brazil and that wages are probably low. Hence I thought I'd give my bird lodge guide cash.

For the prize part the person meeting me is probably not the organiser - if it is I am unlikely to give them anything, if it isn't how generous I want to be will depend on them.

Maybe someone could tell me what a guide might be paid per day to give me some idea what to give them without creating an unfortunate precedent?

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I should add that by British standards I'm not rich -and although part of the trip is free transport to the airport, hotel before and after I leave and the extended stay mean this is still quite an expensive trip. I want to be generous to anyone who is helpful, but can't afford to be silly.

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Hey, Buzzard. Definitely I think they will enjoy more if you hand them some cash. Some chocolate from the duty free is also fine, but I wouldn't count that as tip. Hand them two or three Lindt bars on arrival and that might help you getting a nice response.

A few values - not official, of course, and based on my own criteria:

. pick up driver from the airport: 5 reais is fine for a tip, if you want be generous, 10 is great.

. guide: I guess you can think about 30-40 reais a day for tipping.

Remember that, though you're not rich - and usually the best travellers aren't, and I know that by myself! -, your currency is a gold mine in Brazil. 10 reais are roughly 2,50 pounds!

Maybe some professional guide from this forum can be more specific.

Have a great trip!

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