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Posted on Mar 4, 2014 | 1 comment

Travel Tips: A Traveler’s Guide to Tipping Around the World

Travel Tips: A Traveler’s Guide to Tipping Around the World

When preparing to travel, you will want to get your budget in order to know how much you have to spend during your travels. Budgeting for your travel expenses should be a priority including not only the basics for transportation, accommodations, food, and attractions, but also the gratuity that is associated with each of these budgeting categories.

Guide to Tipping Around the World

Guide to Tipping Around the World

You’d think that knowing how much to tip shouldn’t be that difficult, unfortunately tipping and how much all depends on the location you will be traveling to. Not only do you need to take how employees are paid, but also cultural traditions in your destination before you leave a tip. Not knowing the local tipping customs could result in an embarrassing situation not only for you, but also the one who did the service. In our Traveler’s Guide to Tipping Around the World you will learn how much to tip and where even before you arrive at your destination.

A sampling of tipping around the world:

Tipping in Africa

Tip 10% if no service charge is added to your bill. If you are in South Africa, add another 5% to that tip.

Customary Tip: 10-15%

Tipping in Australia

When you receive good service it’s customary to leave a tip.

Customary Tip: 10-15%

Tipping in Brazil

In most cases, tips are not expected in Brazil. In restaurants, a 10% service charge will usually be added to your bill.

Customary Tip: No Tip

Tipping in Canada

Like the US, gratuity is not included unless you are with a larger party. Tips are expected in Canada when eating out or receiving help from someone within the service community.

Customary Tip: 15-20%

Tipping in China

There’s no tipping in China.

Customary Tip: No Tip

Tipping in Egypt

A service charge of 5-10% 1s usually added to your bill in Egypt. If not, be sure to tip that amount.

Customary Tip: 5-10%

Tipping in Germany

It is custom in Germany to tip at any restaurant or bar.

Customary Tip: 10-15%

Tipping in France

In France a service charge is added to the bill. French locals will tip an additional 10% on top of the service charge, but visitors are not expected to tip more unless the service was above and beyond.

Customary Tip: 10%

Tipping in India

Some places will include a 10% service charge in India. If they don’t, a few rupees is customary.

Customary Tip: 15%

Tipping in Italy

A tip as close to 10% as possible is the norm in Italy. However, tipping gondoliers isn’t customary.

Customary Tip: 10%

Tipping in Japan

Japan is generally a no tip society. Some services in Hong Kong a tip is given.

Customary Tip: No Tip

Tipping in Mexico

A cash tip is customary on top of the bill.

Customary Tip: 10-15%

Tipping in Switzerland

A 15% service charge will be included at most places in Switzerland. However, if you get exceptional service in a place that’s a little more upscale, leaving a small additional tip is customary.

Customary Tip: 15%

Tipping in Thailand

Unless there’s a service charge, tip 10% of your restaurant bill, or 15% for exceptional service.

Customary Tip: 10-15%

Tipping in Turkey

When dining at a restaurant in Turkey, tip 10% on top of your bill. Cash only.

Customary Tip: 10%

Tipping in the UK

A service charge is included in most parts of the country, but when not a tip is expected. Sometimes this service charge is listed as an optional charge. If you opt to pay this charge, a tip is not expected. Likewise, tips are not expected in pubs.

Customary Tip: 10-15%

Tipping in the USA

In the US, people working within the service industry rely on tips. Food servers, bartenders, hair stylists, taxi drivers, and anyone else working within the service industry all expect to receive a tip for a job well done.

Customary Tip: 15-20%

Tipping in South Korea

Tips are not expected of tourists while visiting South Korea. Hotel porters are always happy to accept $1 per bag.

Customary Tip: No Tip

If you find yourself in a locale you are unsure of the tipping practice, don’t be shy to ask or local or download the app GlobeTipping before you travel to navigate the tipping traditions of the destination you will be visiting.

Do you have any tips to add on tipping to our Traveler’s Guide to Tipping Around the World?

All photography by Kimmy Hayes © 2014.

About Kimmy Hayes


Kimmy Hayes is the founder and editor-in-chief of AfterGlobe; a site on becoming debt free and traveling the world as a married couple. In 2012, she planned and coordinated her own do-it-yourself destination wedding on the beautiful island of Maui while serving as a moderator for the on-line community, The Knot. She is passionate about traveling to experience new cultures, snorkeling the waters of the world and reading with her toes in the sand.

1 Comment

  1. My best advice on tipping would be if in any doubt tip 15-20% – I’ve never had anyone refuse a tip! in fact this approach has started some great conversations. If you can afford it why not show your appreciation for great service.

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