Travelling Around The World? Here’s How To Tip
There is so much to plan when traveling abroad. You have to think of the places you need to visit, the hotels you’re going to book, as well as pay fares and travel expenses. If you are a responsible traveler, you will do the research about the culture of the place you are going to visit.
Learning the place’s culture is not something we should undermine. Since we are the foreigners to the place, we must pay respect to the locals and their way of life. We should also familiarize ourselves with the norms and practices so we don’t end up disrespecting them.
Gratuity is also something we should be familiar with, especially if you are planning to wine and dine on our trip. Tipping service personnel can vary in countries and regions. Most of the places have a tipping norm so get familiar with some of those norms here.
This first-world country makes sure to pay their staffs in a more generous amount compared to other countries, that is why tipping is not necessary. They don’t oblige their customers to tip, but they will appreciate it if you leave a dollar or two.
New York City
The most expensive city in the United States expects no less of their customers. Even if you eat international cuisines like Chinese, Italian, or Greek, you are still expected to tip 15-20% of your bill. This is of course on top of everything that you have ordered which is expected to be more expensive compared to ordering in Florida. In New York, a $50 can only feed two people, while it can feed 8-12 people in countries like Philippines and Indonesia.
Japan is famous for many things, their craftsmanship, honesty, and dedication to their job. The Japanese make it easy for us tourists to fell in love with their clean country. They also make it easy for us on how to tip- don’t. For them, delivering a world-class service is something they should provide their customers. Their service is their way of staying true to their art and commitment to their customers.
Tipping in Italy is not mandatory but is appreciated. People who dine can leave few euros that should not exceed 10% of the total bill. But before leaving extra cash, you might want to check your bill if you paid for service charge, “coperto” is what you should find in the bill. For porters and taxi drivers, you can still tip them but it should be in cash and not through a credit card.
Mexico has incorporated the U.S.’s tipping customary, 10-15% of the bill in restaurants and hotels. Maybe it’s geographic proximity that made Mexico adapt to this gratuity or maybe because tourism in Mexico has never been this good. For cab drivers and food vendors on the streets, there is no need for the 10-15%, just throw in some cash and you’re good to go.
Spain doesn’t expect their customers to tip since they usually include it in the bill that will be handed to you. That is the usual practice of the high-end restaurants in this country, while the more averaged-ones will not charge you for their service which is why leaving extra cash is very much appreciated. If you want to go drinking, it’s always okay not to tip the bartender anything since drinks are somehow overpriced in these establishments.
Just like in Mexico, dining and staying in hotels should have an extra 10-15% tip. Their cuisine and service are one of a kind and that is why the tip will just be worth it. It’s also customary to tip hotel porters about $1 per bag. If you are eating at a modest dinner and you don’t know how much to tip, it’s best to round up your bill and leave some pocket change on the table.
Tipping can depend on a person, but customary tipping should be observed so you won’t come off as an ignorant tourist. There are also countries where food servers and hotel staff receive minimum wages despite the laborious work. Tipping them is also a way of giving them extra income for the day for the service that has been provided to you. There’s is nothing wrong with being generous so tip accordingly.
More in Pocket Change
Here Are Legendary Investor Warren Buffett’s Secret Tips on Buying and Selling Stocks Like a Pro
Warren Buffett is one of the richest men in the world. He’s currently valued at a whopping $83.2 billion placing him...June 5, 2019
Here’s What Every Real Estate Flipper Needs to Know
Sidney Torres, a self-made millionaire in his own right, made a name for himself renovating houses in New Orleans. He now...June 4, 2019
Did Beyonce Really Earn Hundreds of Millions From Her Uber Stocks? Here’s the Real Deal on the Matter
Beyonce’s fans love Queen Bey, there’s no doubt about that. But sometimes, their admiration of the pop diva can lead them...June 3, 2019
Tesla Stock is on a Downward Spiral But Elon Musk’s Salary Remain in The Billions — Here’s Why
Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk is one of the most innovative minds of today. There’s no doubt about that. However,...May 30, 2019
Why is Elon Musk Taking Out $61 Million Worth of Mortgages? The Reason Will Shock You
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has done a lot of questionable things within the last few years. There’s his often puzzling Twitter...May 30, 2019
Here’s How Much Internet’s Beloved Grumpy Cat Earned When It Was Still Alive
On May 14, 2019, cat-lovers around the world mourned the untimely death of Grumpy Cat, the internet-sensation feline who has millions of fans and followers across...May 29, 2019
Why Most Millennials Delay Their Dream Of Buying a House Due to Student Loan Debt
Everyone wants to buy their dream house. Buying or owning a home is often taken as a milestone of success in...May 29, 2019
Huawei Confident To Make $100 Billion Before The End Of The Year
According to a Huawei rotating chairman, Eric Xu, the revenues of the Chinese technology giant will reach $100 billion in 2018....May 29, 2019
Kim Kardashian’s Instagram Salary Will Make You Want to Become a Social Media Influencer, like…Right Now!
The Internet has effectively changed marketing and advertising landscapes. The rise of social media platforms like Instagram and the influencers that...May 28, 2019