As a guest, do you allow the innkeeper to carry YOUR luggage?

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Sure
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No
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Only if they look capable
18% (4 votes)
Other
9% (2 votes)
If I am female and traveling alone, yes!
5% (1 vote)
Total votes: 22

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I'm perfectly capable of carrying my own luggage and would certainly not expect a B&B owner to take mine, unless I was carrying 2-3 bags in which case I might let them take one of the smaller ones, but then I'd take 1 case and leave the others in the car and go back for them later, so no. 

It amazes me how many (often foreign tourists) turn up here with bags so large and heavy they can't even get them out of the car, never mind carry them up to their room.

 

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I travel light, unless I got the DH along then I bring everything!   LOL

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Kudos to Bob.  As we navigated in the dark his porter services were certainly appreciated.  Usually I can manage my luggage by myself

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I mostly stay in hotels and these days only the 5* hotels have bellmen. If I'm in a 5*, then yes, I'll have them take the bag and pay the tip.

If I'm at a b&b I'll do it myself. I travel light. If we're on a long trip, DH & I will share a large bag and we'll both have a small wheel carryon. My purse is TINY and strapped across my body. That's about it!

I once worked 'on the road' for 10 months without ever going home, packing up and traveling up to 3 cities a week. I learned quickly how to live out of a suitcase and trim down how much stuff I really needed.

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My only recent exception was the icy hillside luggage transport which was TOTALLY appreciated!! I always travel light. Even in the days when DH traveled with me I packed both of us in one bag - it was heavy but only one bag to carry.

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I also appreciated the cart and luggage lift in Louisiana - almost forgot that one. Duh - and it was the most unexpected! A luggage lift? NICE!!

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gillumhouse wrote:

...I packed both of us in one bag - it was heavy but only one bag to carry.

Most people here use Walmart bags rather than luggage. I've even seen people at the airport carrying all their stuff in Walmart bags!

They ARE handy. An empty one can be wadded up to the size of a small chicken egg, but when opened up they will carry a LOT!

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I am always surprised when guests show up with plastic bags for luggage. It's the height of tacky. No matter the brand name on the bag. (Yes, I'm a snob.)

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Madeleine wrote:

Yes, I'm a snob.

Maybe, but you're also right! Height of tacky!

Goes right along with what people wear out in public these days. They just don't care.

(seashanty doesn't count...her stuff is great!)

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  that's complicated!  i am mostly traveling alone and it would be nice if someone offered to take one for me when i'm carrying a couple bags ... one messenger bag for laptop and papers, one travel bag and my large hobo shoulder bag.  but if someone is smaller than me or sort of frail looking and offers, i feel like a jerk accepting. 

i stayed at a hotel for 4 nights when one of my sons got married and had megastuff ...  i was directed to where they stored the luggage trolleys and it would have been really nice if someone could have given me a hand that time. 

i would have to be staying in a pretty fancy-dancy place with bellhops (which i never do)  in spite of my fancy attire. 

 

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I usually wave them off and carry my own, mostly because I'm a tightwad and am afraid I'll be expected to tip!

But if I have more than I can carry in one trip (very rare) sure, I'll accept some help.

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I take it as a perk. All part of the pampering. But I never ask. I also don't overpack. Sometimes I look like a pack animal, tho, and I'll tell them, 'It's perfectly balanced, just get the door...'

  • Suitcase - fits-in-overhead-bin size.
  • Camera bag - also holds wallet, snack, passport & tablet
  • Carryall - snacks, magazines & laptop (if I bring it) and 'dressy' shoes
  • Purse - stuffed in carryall until I'm at my destination and don't want to use carryall.

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