TIPPING AROUND THE WORLD
By around the world, I mean a selection of countries that will represent the basic rules for tipping where ever you are. It can change dramatically depending on geographics, the economy of the country, religion, cultural restrictions or the rate of the dollar that day. The last one is a joke, well sort of.
At times tipping is the rule and other times a surprise. I like the times that it is a surprise. The surprise can be that you tipped at all, tipped daily or tipped a little better than the last guy.
For tipping guidelines, I choose the most traveled countries, or areas, and a few that are not the choice the average traveler might make. When in doubt ask the hotel manager, not the concierge, they can get tips too, and certainly not the waiter. Wouldn’t you say yes if asked?
Another way to get it right is to follow the lead of the locals. Watch what they pay, is tip included or not. Just because you are a foreigner and not well informed of the local customs don’t be over generous. Over tipping can be as offensive as not tipping when appropriate.
If you are going somewhere to see entertainment often someone is in charge of finding you a seat, seating you and then sending over a waitperson. You should tip something and it may be expected. Think of the doorman at your favorite restaurant. The rate should be based on the expense of the location and event.
One of the best comments I read while researching this blog was, “If you are not pleased with the services rendered, don’t tip. It isn’t like New York, where the waiter might follow you out onto the street.”
Always Have Change
You just never know when you are going to see a disappointed look or a hand loosely extended. When in doubt pay out. Even If the basic rule is no tipping if someone does an extraordinary job, or looks like they are starving, give them something unless it is punishable by law.
What if you have absolutely no idea, I haven’t mentioned it and none of the employees can speak your language, or you theirs? Take a peek at the local newspaper and see what everyday prices are for food, rent and what salaries are. That should give you some idea of what to do with your conscience.
In many countries, the tip is included so you might add a $1.00 or a very small percentage. If you make my mistake when the tip is included and you miss that, add one on and then hand the bus boy some $ too, wow are you a big spender. They didn’t follow me down the street but the asked us back several times.
Tip by Geography
After that introduction here is 20 countries or general areas with a guideline for tipping. The tips are based on wait staff or service people. Where available there will be a note on who and how to tip in hotels. If you are staying somewhere that provides bellmen, maids and a concierge there will be a tip involved to someone. If you are staying in a simple owner run inn you should at least tip for housekeeping, just leave it on the nightstand.
RATES WILL BE POSTED LATER. THE SITE IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION. I AM JUST GETTING YOU WARMED UP. I KNOW IT IS NOT FAIR, BUT THERE ARE ONLY SO MANY HOURS IN THE DAY.