How to Tip in a Foreign Country

Seven Methods:The United StatesEuropeAsiaMexicoCentral AmericaSouth AmericaAustralia

A tip is an expression of appreciation for a service someone has provided. It generally takes the form of a small amount of money. Customs on tipping vary throughout the world. Use these recommendations to learn how to tip in a foreign country.

Method 1
The United States

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    Leave a 15 to 20% tip in restaurants. You may include more for exceptional service. Do not feel compelled to give a tip if your service was bad.
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    Tip cab drivers 10 to 15% of your fare.
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    Give bellhops 1 or 2 dollars to carry luggage to your hotel room.

Method 2
Europe

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    Leave 10% at restaurants in Continental Europe. Service is generally included. An additional tip is optional but customary. No tip means bad service.
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    Leave a 10% tip at restaurants in Eastern Europe. Service is not usually included on the bill in this part of Europe.
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    Tip 15 to 20% at restaurants in Great Britain. Tipping customs here are similar to those in the United States.
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    Tip taxi drivers 10% of your fare.
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    Give hotel maids the equivalent of at least a dollar a day. You may give a larger tip if you're staying in a high-end hotel.

Method 3
Asia

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    Refrain from tipping in most Asian countries. Tipping in Asia is not common, and may be considered rude. Service may be added to a restaurant or hotel bill in a few Asian countries, but this practice is the exception, not the rule.
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    Tip in Thailand as you would in the United States. Leave 15 to 20% in restaurants, and give 10 to 15% to taxi drivers.

Method 4
Mexico

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    Tip in most situations. If someone hails a cab for you, carries your bags or finds you a parking space, give that person a few pesos.
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    Leave a 15 to 20% tip in restaurants. If you see "propina" on the bill, the tip is included and you should not provide additional money.
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    Give cab drivers small tips. Gratuity is usually included with the cab fare in airport taxis.

Method 5
Central America

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    Give a 15 to 20% tip in restaurants. If service is included in the bill, no additional tip is necessary.
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    Give cab drivers the equivalent of a few dollars as a tip.
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    Tip hotel staff the equivalent of 1 to 2 dollars.

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South America

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    Refrain from tipping in restaurants if service is included. Be aware that "servicio de mesa" does not indicate a service charge, but the bread that comes with a meal. Tip no more than 10%.
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    Refrain from tipping cab drivers, unless they carry heavy bags for you. If change is left over from your fare, you may give it to the driver, but this is not expected.

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Australia

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    Refrain from tipping in general. It's fine to let staff keep leftover change.

Tips

  • Have local currency on hand when you arrive. Tip with small bills or change.
  • Ask the airport information desk what the local tipping customs are. The staff at the currency exchange desk should also be able to give you this information.
  • Observe what other restaurant customers are doing. If you notice cash left behind on the tables, it's probably customary to tip.
  • Tip service workers 5 to 10% when in doubt about local tipping customs.

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