I love being American! In my mind there’s no better place to be from! Except if we’re talking about tipping. Now, I’m not a cheap person but I don’t understand how restaurants and service industry employers get away with paying employees basically at or below minimum wage and expect the customers to subsidize them on tips—even if there’s bad service. How does that work?
I’ll never understand but either way, America has set the standard at a very high level for tipping at about 20 percent at restaurants and pretty much $2 to $100 for just about all services. I don’t get it—nobody ever tips me for my services! However, not everywhere in the world is like that. Here’s a useful tipping guide in some of the most popular destinations around the globe.
Much like the US, you’ll be expected to tip in Canada; although, they usually expect 15 percent or so on meals and less than the US on services. A loonie or toonie will generally suffice!
Mexico has a culture of propinas or tips. Tipping is expected for pretty much anything and everything. Whether it’s restaurants, taxis or a guy simply directing you into a parking space although you didn’t ask for his help. You must tip in Mexico although the percentages are much less and a dollar equivalent usually covers just about any service, whereas 10 percent to 15 percent on meals still goes.
In Germany, there are laws where employees have to be paid a certain amount and service industry employees are compensated much more than in your average country. Tipping is not massive in Germany but 10 percent is a nice tip for restaurant bills and taxis. A euro or two will suffice for most people at hotels, etc.
The UK has started ramping up requests for tips at restaurants in recent years and 10 percent is pretty much commonplace. If you aren’t sure, it usually says gratuity is not included in big letters on your bill! You don’t have to tip taxis but I usually round up to the nearest whole number.
This country includes service charges into your bill at restaurants but if there’s cash exchanged and there’s a little change leftover, I always leave it and it’s always appreciated. However, service in France is not always great so don’t feel obligated at all.
Italy isn’t known for great service at all and you’re not expected to tip in restaurants unless you really want to. You may want to tip taxi drivers any extra change but it’s not expected either.
China is great because you don’t have to tip!
Also great because you don’t have to tip and it is actually embarrassing t the person if you try to tip them! Don’t tip them!
Restaurants in New Zealand don’t expect or accept tips; although, I’ve tipped taxi drivers there before and they didn’t say no.
Australia is growing toward the way of North America and you should tip in restaurants and bars in Australia. Tips aren’t expected in taxis but I always round up to the nearest whole number. Small tips are also accepted at hotels.
Tipping in the developing world, much like Mexico, is a way of life for pretty much anything. So it’s always advisable to keep small change if you’re traveling in Africa, South America or Asia for tips, gifts and money for who knows what-something always seems to come up in these countries…so be prepared!
Have any tips for tipping in countries not listed above? Add to our tipping guide by sharing them in the comments below!