Expensive hotels and restaurants often charge 10 per cent for service, middle level restaurants do not. A tip is always welcome; many are dependent on it, because the wages are not enough to get by on. This doesn’t only apply to restaurant staff, but includes cleaners, shoeshine boys, valets and people who sell their wares on the beaches. A tip in a hotel or restaurant that you visit more frequently has another function. The staff will often become considerably more attentive. The tour guide will expect a tip at the end as well if he or she has done the job well. Shoestring pays the tour guides a salary that is comparable to that of other adventure travel organizations, which is low. Our guideline is € 1 to 2 per traveller per day.