Bellhops and Porters of Bags

Learn how the Bellhops and Porters of Bags, the Skycaps at the Airport, Doormen, Taxi Drivers, and other helpers grabbing your bag can make you life easy.

I am a professional travel, it has taken me over 14 years of perpetual travel to understand the value of people wanting to help carry my luggage or Backpack. When I first took off traveling, it was possible I felt this was demeaning or belittling, however this was some misconceived idea of the USA culture. Presently, I have learn the fine art of finding a person to carry my Backpack.

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Bellhops and Porters of Bags

Learn how the Bellhops and Porters of Bags, the Skycaps at the Airport, Doormen, Taxi Drivers, and other helpers grabbing your bag can make you life easy.

I am Collecting Personal Assistants

A.K.A --- I am hiring more assistants all the time - also known as bellhops, porters, coolies, workers and bellman's, plus the taxi drivers.

Because of this newly learned skill of managing baggage porters, I now travel easy, my life is simple, and another person that wants employment has a job.

Baggage Carrying System

My Backpacks are loaded on the cart with Bicycle Wheels, I suspect this was on of them travel rights of passage moments. I was in Nepal near the Chitwan Royal Park and my friend Rishi and I got off the bus. He said his house was about three miles that way, and pointed across the river. I start to panic, that was a little too far, and he just laughed, snagged this cart and my life was easy. I have never ignored the obvious solutions to baggage woes ever since.

Rule of Thumb on Pay
One Dollar per bag in Developed Countries and One Dollar for all the bags in the rest of the planet, which is about 85 percent of the countries.

Considerations of Baggage Help

  • Pay
  • Forgetting Bags
  • Is this a Tip or a Payment
  • Cost of Living in the Country
  • How many bags
  • Use of Carts
  • Distance
  • Girl or Boys
  • Will the person steal your bag.
  • Recognizing Reputable Baggage Carriers
  • How Damage can be done
  • Do you carry your own computer bag?
  • Porters fighting over your bag
  • Walking away from confusion before you hire a porter.
  • Sherpas
  • Airport Skycaps
  • Never allowing the bags to leave your sight.
  • Rain and Water
  • Keeping Calm in the midst of Chaos.
  • Wheeled bags are needed in Europe, not in Underdeveloped World.

Moyale Kenya

Man Helping me at Moyale Ethiopia and Kenya Border, sometime the allow them to cross and other times you need to find another helper.

Human adaptability and flexibility early led to the use of humans for transporting gear. Uneven terrain, such as in mountains, alleyways and markets, and a lack of formed roads, such as in jungle, makes the use of porters economical where one can hire people to perform labor inexpensively.

Porters were used commonly as human beasts of burden in the ancient world, when labor was generally cheap, especially in societies that depended on slavery. The ancient Sumerians, for example, enslaved women to carry wool and flax.

The use of bearers for litters to carry persons of rank or religious idols, especially in formal processions, seems to have extended their practical function into that of ceremonial status symbol in the often conservative protocol of court and cult, a role continued into the 20th century with the papal sedia gestatoria and possibly echoed in the modern funeral pallbearer.

Current meaning
Sherpa porter carrying wood in the Himalaya, near Mount EverestPorters are still employed to carry burdens in many third-world countries, especially where animals like camels, oxen, horses and dogs, or vehicles like carts, trucks, ships, trains and aircraft, have not taken over human bearers' traditional functions or where such alternatives are not practicable. Child soldiers are also typically compelled to serve as porters.

The Sherpa people of Nepal have established a reputation as mountaineering porters, and are considered indispensable for the highest Himalayan expeditions.

Porters who work at railway stations in India are called coolies, a term for unskilled Asian labourers. The term "coolie" was also used in China for porters in general.

The term "porter" is also used in general for hotel, railway and airport employees who carry luggage.

In many public places such as airports, border crossings, sea ports and railway stations, porters are often a nuisance to tourists, taking their luggage without permission and demanding excessive fees.

North American terminology
The industry-specific terms bellhop (hotel porter), redcap (railroad porter) and skycap (airport porter) are used in North America. Railroad porters traditionally wear distinctive red-colored caps for easy identification, contrasting with the caps in blue or other colors, normally worn by other train personnel. Employees of car rental and new and used auto dealerships tasked with moving and preparing cars for use or sale are called porters.

Bellhop - Bellboy or Bellman

The job's name is derived from the fact that the hotel's front desk clerk rang a bell to summon an employee, who would "hop" (jump) to attention at the desk to receive instructions. The term porter is used in the United Kingdom. "Bellboy/hop" is an American English term.

This employee traditionally was a boy or adolescent male, hence the term bellboy. Today's bellman must be quick witted, good with people, and outgoing. Duties often include opening the front door, moving luggage, valeting cars, calling cabs, transporting guests, giving directions, performing basic concierge work, and responding to the guest's needs. In many countries, such as the United States, it is customary to tip such an employee for his service.


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