Sunday, 24 May 2015

To tip, or not to tip? And how much?

GOBANKINGRATES has published a guidefor US travellers – to tipping in 25 of the most popular vacation destinations, from Australia to the United Kingdom.

The #tipping guide lists the services for which tips are expected, the percentage tip that's appropriate, and offers advice on how to deal with awkward tipping situations in each country. For example, in Austrian restaurants, a service charge is included in the bill, but customers are expected to round up (with a simple danke sufficing to mean keep the change). In many parts of China, it's illegal to tip taxi drivers; in fact, no one tips for most services, except tour guides.

‘It's not until you leave the US that you realize how strange American tipping etiquette is,’ said Casey Bond, GOBankingRates' editor in chief. ‘In fact, in many countries across Europe and Asia, a service charge are either already factored into the price or automatically included in the bill. On the other hand, in some countries in Asia, it's customary not to tip at all. It's important to read up on how much to tip in the country you're visiting, or risk overspending, offending someone or embarrassing yourself."

Highlights from the tipping etiquette guide:

Brazil: Restaurants often write a 10% service charge on the bill, but don't require that you pay it.

France: According to French law, all bills in restaurants carry a 15% service charge — not paid to the waiter, but the proprietor, who factors it into staff wages. As such, tipping in France is less of a custom.

Greece: Some restaurants don't allow staff to keep their tips — it's best to ask beforehand.

Iceland: Service fees will be already included in almost everything you buy, so tipping isn't expected.

India: Tourists are expected to tip almost all service workers except taxi drivers.

Ireland: There's not a huge tipping culture, but a good rule of thumb is 10%.

Italy: Tipping is fairly transparent, as service charges are often displayed on menus - and you may be charged for the tablecloth or silverware, too.

Japan: Tipping isn't mandatory, and in many cases tips will be returned.

Spain: It’s more a matter of manners than necessity: It's considered polite to leave at least something, whether it's small change or rounding to the nearest euro.

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