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For all pending travel it's advisable to check your carrier's website for flight delays, cancellations and unforeseen events which may affect travel. Any cancellations due to weather, mechanical errors and acts of terror should be exempt from change fees and normal cancellation policies. Various carrier rules and regulations apply.
When traveling domestic or abroad, as a back-up, print paper copies of your boarding passes. You never know when your phone will be in a dead zone or Wi-Fi is unavailable. Also, most domestic and international hotels will print your boarding passes, some with a nominal fee.
When traveling on a multi-leg flight, whether domestic or international, make sure luggage is checked all the way through to your final destination. Double check your luggage tags before leaving check-in.
Most people, when they travel, are used to tipping when they eat at a restaurant but have no idea what to do for other tipping situations. Most professional service providers work for really low wages and depend on tips as the primary source of income. Here are some recommendations for tipping when traveling.
Restaurant wait staff - 15-20% depending on service. Don't forget about the buffet staff as well.
Hotel Bell Captain - $1-2 per bag. This can get confusing as one person unloads from the cab. The next person places it on a luggage cart and then passes it on to another. I wait until I get to the room and pay the last person who presents me with my bags.
Airport or train porter - $1-2 per bag.
Cab & Uber drivers - 10-15% of the fare. If they drive crazy or take me the long way around I do not tip at all.
Courtesy shuttle drivers - $1-2 per bag.
Hotel Concierge - $10-20 per request.
Hotel Doorman - $3-5 if they call a cab.
Hotel maid (room steward) - $2-3 per night. Sadly, only about 20% of travelers tip the room steward and these people probably work the hardest of all the people on this list. Plus, they really affect the quality of your stay.
Please let me know of other people you like to tip when traveling. Is there someone I missed?
Financial support for Rubin Observatory comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Agreement No. 1258333, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded Rubin Observatory Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA). The DOE-funded effort to build the the Rubin Observatory LSST Camera (LSSTCam) is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
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