03 Nov No Money? No Problem!

From fringe festival events to cultural institutions and glorious gardens, Edinburgh offers lots of activities for travelers on a shoestring. So don't let your lack of funds keep you from the vacation you dream about! Here are our picks of the best free things to do around the city. Discover Scotland’s national museum and galleries Trace Scotland’s story, from prehistoric times to the present, at the National Museum of Scotland. The museum has just undergone a £46.4 million redevelopment, and is set to add another ten galleries for 2016. Art lovers can also spend many budget-friendly days in the Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Visit the Writers Museum See the writing desk of Robert Burns, the beloved Scottish bard who made ‘Auld Lang Syne’ a song of drunken new year greeting around the world. The museum also celebrates the lives of Sir Walter Scott, who penned Ivanhoe, Rob Roy and The Lady of the Lake, and Robert Louis Stevenson, author of the classics Treasure Island and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Imagine the lives of these literary geniuses through their personal artifacts, including a dining table and rocking horse owned by Scott and an engraved ring given to Stevenson by a Samoan chief. 3. Hit the free Fringe Festival A limited cash flow wont stop you from enjoying the cultural whirlwind of the Edinburgh Fringe, with hundreds of ‘Free Fringe’ events on offer throughout...

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10 Jul Tips on Tipping

In the USA gratuity has gotten a bit gratuitous. You have to wonder if it wouldn’t be better to just go ahead and raise minimum wage again so these poor people don’t have to depend on our pennies and dimes to get by. However, for as ever-present tipping is in America, many other countries don’t operate on the same rules. To avoid inadvertently offending the wait-staff, here are some tips on tipping. http://www.beausides.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Chinese-bellhop.jpg China Outside of the more European sensibilities of Hong Kong, tipping is neither expected, nor encouraged in China. The service industry isn’t trained to expect it and may be confused if you attempt to hand them a few singles. Though some tour services may allow you to thank their guides in this way, don’t feel obligated. Czech Republic Though a common courtesy involves rounding up the bill to the nearest denomination of 10 korun, no one will fault you if you refrain from doing so. (Note that in more international cities like Prague, more and more services expect a 10% tip for services rendered. Blame the tourists.) An important point to remember: tipping on a credit card charge isn’t done. England Tipping is expected and encouraged, but, as would happen in the USA, if the service is horrible you can legally refuse to do so. Keep in mind that, similar to their American counterparts, many service workers are faced with a ‘tip jar’ system, where they must evenly divide their takings at the end...

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