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Tipping in the USA
Have just returned from yet another fantastic holiday in Florida (third visit). Prices, however, have shot up and portions (food wise) are smaller. There don't appear to be many bargains in Florida any longer. Has anyone else been recently and, if so, how do you feel about the tipping? We were expected to tip 20% for services (and did so), but most restaurants added to the tip to your bill anyway. In Dunkin Donuts (counter service), they had a tip jar on the counter! What were they expecting to be tipped for?
Just beware anyone who's taking children over the age of 11 (who don't eat for free - or are entitled to order from child's menus), after you've paid your 6.5% tax and had to pay the 20% gratuity - you'll find you've paid more than in the UK!
I read in a Florida's edition of the Daily Mail that Brits aren't booking so much to visit Florida and tour operators are having to slash their prices. They blamed it on Immigration and the length of time it takes to get through the airports but I think Gatwick, on our return, was far far worse. I think it's because it's so expensive now, does anyone else agree?
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Additionlly, I think most families, understandably, are looking for the easiest way to travel to a new place and often choose package tours. A little inventivness can save a lot of money and still produce an enjoyable vacation...