We are off to Orlando for the first time in May. I have read many, many pages on tipping on Tripadvisor and I am astonished at what you are supposed to tip and how many different people. I have worked out that between tiping waiting staff, bartenders, maids, taxi drivers, shuttle drivers, airport transfer drivers and bell boys, we will end up tipping over $300 in a 2week holiday, which is crazy, it's over £200 at the exchange rate just now. While I don't mind tipping, some people I don't understand why you tip them, bar tenders for one. I go to the bar they give me a drink, that's what they get paid for. If I don't tip will I be ignored at the bar, will they say something to me?
I told my boyfriend about the tipping culture and he said we will not be tipping 20%, we are not made of money and have saved hard for our first trip to the US. I'm scared we'll get chased down the street by waiters or ignored in bars. I've explained it's just the way it is in the US but he's very stuborn and doesn't seem bothered. We are used to tipping 10% like many UK residents. We asked his parents what they do in the US and they said they have never tipped 20% that's stupid you'd spend a fortune. My bf said we will tip 10% in restaurants but I'm trying to get to get him up to 15%, will waiting staff be offended and say something if we only tip 10%? Does erveryone really tip 15-20%, I don't want to seem stingy.
If anyone could give anyone advice or share their experiences of tipping in US.