The tradition of tipping dates back to 16th century England but the rules remain murky hundreds of years later.
A recent analysis of the travel habits of age 50-plus travelers describes the group as “the lifeblood of the travel industry,” responsible for 48 percent of all vacation expenditures. Although they are experienced and wise travelers, boomers like everyone else still worry about when, how much and whom to tip while traveling.
One reason for the confusion: The etiquette of tipping is always in flux. The standards vary by culture, from country to country and even regionally. As a result, even the savviest travelers experience moments of awkwardness and uncertainty.
On PBS Next Avenue: The Five New Rules on Tipping When Traveling