This is one of the questions we often ask ourselves when we travel abroad: how much should I tip? When we are at home, we know exactly how much we should give to show our appreciation. But is tipping customary in other countries? And if so, how much should you tip?
In some countries, tipping is not part of the culture at all. In others, it is the only livelihood for some employees. Also, many countries already add a service charge to the bill. Therefore, tipping is not customary in these countries, but considered a generous act in exchange for exceptional service.
Basically, it’s complicated.
And with nearly 200 countries in the world, many of which you can get to at a discounted price thanks to Flytrippers’ flight deals page, that means there are many different rules.
International Tipping Rules
To make your life easier (and so you don’t feel awkward abroad), we have created a global tipping infographic to brush up before you head out of the country.
You will notice that some countries can be classified in two different categories. This is because there are different tipping customs in the same country.
Bare in mind that these rules are not foolproof. Also, tipping customs can change as tourism shapes cultural norms. Start by always looking at your bill to see if a gratuity has already been added.
If you find yourself unsure whether or not to tip, don’t be embarrassed to ask your server if tipping is customary. Our final advice is to always carry cash with you since most of the time there will be no way to add a tip on the credit card terminal, if they even accept credit cards.
Do you have more questions about tipping customs around the world? Let us know!
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Published August 21st 2017, updates August 27th 2018