Have you ever looked up tipping guidelines for the U.S.? Ridic, right? By the way, the fact that we’re even expected to tip contradicts the idea that a tip is given for good service, but I’ll save you from that soapbox. Anyway, living in the U.S., I always make sure to have some ones in my wallet since you never know when you’ll need to valet your car, order home delivery, or call a cab. This kind of attention to tipping also extends to when I’m traveling abroad so I can minimize the number of social faux pas I’ll commit (’cause I already know I will be guilty of something!).
Side note: The U.S. has one of the highest tipping expectations around the world. The only country I’ve ever been to that didn’t expect nor require a tip? French Polynesia (it’s the Tahitian hospitality!), although I’m not sure how long that will last as they are growing more Westernized everyday.
In the spirit of sharing “tips”, check out this cool illustration of tipping etiquette in popular countries courtesy of mint.com. Keep in mind, these are only guidelines — the best way to really know what is expected of you is to talk to a local (if you don’t know any locals, you can check out this lengthy guide, too)!
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