Responsible Traveler in South Africa

Responsible Traveler in South Africa

Being a Responsible Traveler in South Africa: The Art of Tipping and Giving Back   Tipping in South Africa is really important and is woven into many aspects of the South African way of life. Start by having a lot of spare change, because you will need it. The disparity between rich and poor in South African society is enormous, and I am sorry to say this, but if you have traveled by plane to South Africa for a holiday, you are in the wealthy category. The person at the traffic lights with a garbage bag asking for your trash and some change, has chosen to work, rather than hijack cars. This person deserves a few bucks. A child in a blanket begging for change in midwinter at 9 pm desperately needs the change she is asking for. A person in a wheelchair with visible disabilities is not a fake. Not every beggar is a drug addict or spending your money on booze. Most in this sub-stratum of society are looking to buy a loaf of bread. If you prefer not to give money in this situation, then carry food to hand out. An apple or bag of dried fruit and nuts is healthy and filling. Put tipping into your financial plan for your trip and know that you are contributing to someone‚Äôs livelihood in a meaningful way. A little, by US standards goes a very long way in South Africa. Workers in the service industry do not make much money, and when compared to similar positions in the US, their wages are typically shockingly low, so you can...

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