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So you've made it to your destination, and while you may have gotten quite the deal you don't want to spend all of your hard earned cash. Before leaving for your trip you should set aside a small portion of money for tips, it you're staying at an all-inclusive this is especially important as you will be spending the majority of your time at the resort and you will see a lot of the same staff members. If you've never traveled all-inclusive before let me take this brief opportunity to tell you how wonderful it is. To be able to have all your meals and all your drinks included in the cost of your trip is a pretty phenomenal luxury. Mexico is known for it's all-inclusive resorts and the staff have often traveled from some of the most distant regions but are now living in the staff quarters at the resort. So while the staff at these resorts may seem huge, in reality they're not because most of these people are working five or six days a week.
When packing tip money use American dollars, while Peso's are the national currency everyone there seems to really prefer the American dollar. Pack only singles, multiple singles have the appearance of being more substantial- don't' ask me why. Bring five dollars per every night of your trip.
Start your trip tipping!
A common mistake it to tip at the end of the trip. While you should still tip at the end you should pull out your biggest tips at the beginning. Doing this will ensure better service throughout the duration of your trip. A lot of people that go to all inclusive resorts don't tip at all, so if the staff knows that you're a "tipper," they will spend the rest of your week(s) catering to your every whim and desire in anticipation for their next tip.
Checking In- Ocean View Anyone?
When you're booking your trip don't waste money on the ocean view room unless it is peak traveling season or an absolute necessity for you, you can always request this when you get there. Instead do this:1) Arrive at your resort in the cab or shuttle2) Tip whomever opens the door of your cab and removes your luggage; a dollar or two is more than enough. ($1)3) When you arrive at the concierge desk have him/her show you where your room is located on a hotel map before being shown to your room. 4) If your room is not already ocean view or another desirable area ask if your room location can be switched. Unless the hotel is booked it is likely that they can move you. At the absolute worst you will have to pay for the upgrade which you would have had to do when you booked the trip anyways, but in my experience that has never been the case. 5) Regardless of what the outcome do tip the concierge. At the resorts the concierges are frequently have managerial positions, tipping him/her sets a good precedent for the rest of your vacation. ($2)
Better Drinks at the Bar
Okay so even though you're traveling to an all inclusive resort, you should still be tipping your bartenders. This is especially important if you want the top shelf liquor! Tipping two dollars after your first drink is my recommendation this way they will work harder for you and make better drinks throughout. Tipping is most important at the lobby bar, this tends to be the nicest and busiest bar at every resort I have been to. If the bartenders know you tip you will get served fast. Keep in mind that you don't need to tip every time you get a drink, usually just after your first drink and again when you leave.
One struggle I have had is getting the same quality drinks at the pool and on the beach that I got at the lobby bar. Depending on the resort you go to there are usually 1-5 other bars aside from the lobby bar, most of these do not have top shelf liquor and often have pre-made frozen mixed drinks. If you want a mojito I don't recommend getting it from the pool or beach bar. Don't hesitate to ask one of the servers to go to the lobby bar and get your drink from there instead, it's a bold move but if you simultaneously hand him some cash as you ask this question the odds are good that he will be at your side with your fancy lobby bar drink whenever you need him.
Last but not least, do not forget to tip your maid! This will essentially make or break your trip, for me it's the promise of lovely decorative towel animals, for you it may be extra towels and lots of fancy little soaps and shampoos. The first day your maid cleans your room it is likely to be immaculate, however if you do not tip her the quality is likely to go downhill- way downhill. Tip after the first day, I like to leave a little note for her with a couple of dollars, tip her/him a dollar a day from that point on. If you love towel animals as much as I do take a look at this video and learn how to create them yourself!
Please remember that even if all these extras are unimportant to you it is still important to tip the hotel staff. Have a fun and safe trip!
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