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A tip or gratuity is a small cash ‘reward’ given as a token of your appreciation for good customer service. Not all countries will expect a tip but for the most part, it is appreciated and accepted with good grace. You’ll almost certainly be remembered if you leave a generous tip.

Tipping is customary in many countries around the world, but it’s not always clear if and when it’s appropriate to leave a tip, and if so, how much you should be tipping.

To avoid embarrassment and making a social faux pas, here is a simple guide to tipping around the world.

Spain

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In Spain, gratuities are usually added to the bill but a tip of 5-10% on top of the bill is considered the norm. Bartenders will usually expect €0.20 a drink though this varies from bar to bar.

Taxi drivers don’t normally expect a tip though many people will leave a 5% tip which is always appreciated.

Hotels in Spain usually will expect anything from €1-5 for their services. Maids should be given €1 a day for their services and hotel porters generally expect €1 per bag.

France

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Restaurants in France add a 15% service charge to your bill as standard. But actual tipping itself is not customary, though many people choose to give a few coins to their waiter or waitress if they are happy with the service they received.  Tipping in bars is not usual.

In hotels, tipping is optional but greatly received.

USA

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In America, if you don’t leave a tip you should expect a backlash! In the service industry, staff are dependent on their tips as they can help to make up a substantial amount of their overall wage. A tip of 15-20% is typical. Although for exceptional service some people tip as much as 25%.

Even if the service was below your expectations, tipping is still general expected, at least 10%.

In restaurants, a tip of 15% to 20% is expected.

In a bar $1 for each drink.

Taxi rides depending on how long the journey is can be anything from $1 to 25%

Italy

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Service charges are normally included, if not, leaving 10% will suffice. In bars, locals usually just leave a modest amount, a euro or two is acceptable.

Taxi drivers in Italy do appreciate a tip, it’s usually expected that the fare and the tip is agreed before the journey starts.

In hotels, a few euros to the hotel porter and concierge is good practise.

Japan

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Conversely, in Japan it is actually considered rude for tourists to leave a tip. The Japanese are generally known for very high quality service and would actually find it an insult to receive a tip. It is possible that tour guides may accept a tip graciously but it is not expected and it is probably wise to avoid tipping altogether to avoid offence.

 

Australia

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Tips are not expected or welcomed with open arms in Australia because the workers usually earn a decent wage to begin with, so it is not customary to leave a tip here. Within the more touristy areas of Australia it may be acceptable to leave 10% for very good service in a restaurant but otherwise, it is best not to tip. 

About the author:
The Gourmet Society team loves to travel. It’s difficult to know every country’s customs so they put together this guide to ensure you can avoid awkward situations when it comes to tipping!