Here in the US tipping is commonly accepted and expected by almost everyone, but it’s always hard to know what to do while traveling overseas. Doubts start to pop up in the minds of people on holiday and confusion usually follows. Do service industry workers make a minimum wage? What’s the standard tip in this part of the world? Are tips included in the price of things? What services should I leave a tip for? Who should I tip? The questions go on and on, so here are a few tips for tipping while abroad.
Restaurants & Services
Tipping in restaurants is not as customary as it is in the US. In most parts of the world, the standard is usually 5- 10% of the total bill or simply rounding up; 10% – 15% for exceptional service. Include the tip when you pay the bill and indicate that you don’t need change or tell them the full amount you’d like to pay. It isn’t customary to leave the tip on the table after paying your bill as it is in the US. If you don’t have the exact amount, tell the wait person how much you are paying in total, or how much change you would like. Be sure to check if the gratuity has already been included in the bill. Should you still have questions about tipping, just ask your server, ask the host, ask the concierge or a local, or just leave a little more than you think you should, we’re sure you won’t hear a complaint!
AFAR Magazine has created a helpful shortlist of how to handle tipping in Europe, with lots of helpful country-specific tips. See the article here.