Travel Tip of the Day: Don’t Need a Bellman or Porter? Just Say “No, Thank You”

BellmanDon’t Need a Bellman/Porter? Just Say “No, Thank You”
These days, most travelers seem to understand the benefits of packing light (traveling with only a carry-on saves money and time and also allows you to use public transportation much more easily). But even with my light, small bags I still get pressured at hotels and foreign airports to use a porter. Unless I’m staying at a swanky, luxury hotel, I always politely decline, even when they grab my bags from the trunk of the taxi or my hand. Your bags are safer with you—and of course, you don’t have to spend money on a tip.

FYI: The shirtless bellman above is helping me at the Manava Suite Resort Tahiti, where I stayed a few years back.



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5 Comments on "Travel Tip of the Day: Don’t Need a Bellman or Porter? Just Say “No, Thank You”"

  1. Love his hotel”s porter “uniform”!

  2. Good reminder, thanks. When they offer to bring the bags straight to your room it can actually take 15-20 minutes for them to arrive. Not ideal if you’re planning to just run up and change before heading back out, or if you just need something from your bag and have to twiddle your thumbs waiting for it.

  3. I usually say thank you that I can manage and give them a $1 anyway so I don’t get targeted with bad service from other hotel employess.

  4. I will be staying at the Ritz in Aruba in a few weeks. Can I say no there as well?

  5. Ok. You can say “no, thanks” to your bellman but if you need to store the luggage he can say “no” too.
    Many paople live of the tips; remember that.

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