The basic pay of hotel and restaurant staff that make life agreeable along the way by cooking, making the beds, etc. is meagre at best. You may not have a ready solution for the poverty affecting these countries, but the least you can do is give the individuals working for you a good tip. A ‘tipping box’ may be useful, to be administered in turns by the passengers and in consultation with the guide. Also, while you are on the road, snacks etc. can be bought from this money.
The tour guide will expect a tip on completion of his/her services, assuming he/she has provided satisfactory service. Our guideline is approximately € 1 per person per day.