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A Guide To Tipping Abroad

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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Deano - September 30, 2012 - 8:41 pm

Interesting! The Australian tipping thing isnt really correct – only in the fancier places is it recommended, but not expected 🙂

Just Wanderlust - September 30, 2012 - 9:30 pm

Thanks, Deano! I like your version of the Aussie tipping rule instead since it’s better for the customer!

Kali - October 15, 2012 - 1:39 pm

This is great. I never would have really thought about different countries having different methods of tipping. I would have tipped too much in China! I just printed it out and will keep this on hand for the next time I’m out of the country. Thanks so much for this!

Alex @ ifs ands & butts - October 25, 2012 - 2:18 pm

Ya I kinda disagree witht he Germany one. You really don’t HAVE to tip, it’s not expected but appreciated. Often, people just round up. I only tip about half the time though. If it’sa nicer place I will tip of course. And dollars are definitely not accepted!

Just Wanderlust - October 26, 2012 - 10:17 pm

Alex – good to know! I’m headed to Germany soon so your comment is quite timely.

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