Tips on tipping while on vacation

Go on vacation and you'll find yourself shelling out a lot of tips.

If you're like me, you often wonder what's the proper amount. You don't want to give too much, but you don't want to offend. These recommendations are from the folks at the Emily Post Institute.

For a skycap who checks your bag curbside at the airport:
$2 for the first bag and $1 for every additional bag.

The doorman at the hotel gets a smile and "thanks" for opening the door, but the Post Institute says there's a tip involved for other things:
$1-$4 for carrying luggage
$1-$2 for hailing cab, add an extra $1 if it's raining

Then there's the bellhop:
$2 first bag, $1 per additional bag

A lot of people don't realize this, but it is proper etiquette to tip the housekeepers. The recommended amount is $2 to $5 a day, maybe more if it's a really fancy hotel. Make sure you leave a note that says "For Housekeeping."

When I travel, I often get around by taxi. The experts suggest tipping 15 to 20 percent of the fare - with a minimum of $1. The same thing for town car or limo service, but make sure the tip isn't already included in the price.

More Info: Emily Post's General Tipping Guidelines