When you are on a holiday, you will use a lot of services that would make you question yourself whether you should tip the service people or not. In fact, tipping a service depends on the destination and the service you just took. Nonetheless, even though there are some cases where you do not need to tip, tipping in those cases would be taken as a great acknowledgment for the good service. But keep in mind that in some countries, tipping is considered rude.

To help you navigate through the cultural tipping ways of many countries around the world, I have created this blog based on the destination.

Australia & New Zealand

In these two countries, tipping is only important when you get an exceptional customer service experience. In fact, tipping is only for cafes and bars. You do not have to tip the hotel staff or drive unless you receive exceptional service. 

Asia

Tipping isn’t in the Asian culture. In fact, tipping is considered an insult in some countries while in others it is welcomed. The percentage of tipping also matters. This would help you:

  • India: There aren’t any tipping rules in India. So, some hospitality may accept the tip while some won’t. Basically, if you feel the service was exceptional, you can offer the person with a 10% tip. 
  • Vietnam: Just like India, tipping isn’t a thing here. However, if you received exceptional service then you can offer a 5% tip of the complete bill.
  • Thailand: In Thailand, tipping is normally expected from the tourists as the wages here are low and they earn from the tips. It is good to offer them a 10% tip of the total bill when in Thailand for hotels, restaurants, and tours. 
  • Singapore: Due to the number of tourists visiting this country always, there is a tipping culture here. A tip of 5% to 10% of the bill is offered to the hotel staff, and tour guides.

Africa & Middle East

In both the Middle East and African countries, tipping is very important as it added to their already low wages. You would normally have to tip them with about 10% to 20% of the total bill for any country you visit in these regions.

USA & Canada

These two countries are the home of tipping. This means that tipping here is a must. You are required to tip at least 10% to 20% of the total bill to the service provider. The tips are normally given in restaurants, cafes, pubs, to taxi drives and so on. And if you love the service, you can tip double as well.

Europe

Unlike the USA, the tipping culture is not that important here unless you receive great service. But for each country in Europe, things work slightly different. Here is an outline for you:

  • Spain: Tipping is not a thing here. But if you feel like adding a tip in a tourist area, feel free to do so or not. It will not be considered rude.
  • Italy: When you receive great service here, remember to tip as the wages are low here.
  • Germany: You will have to tip when in Germany with about 5% to 10% of the total bill.
  • France: When you receive a great service, you are expected to tip here with about 10% to 15% of the complete bill.
  • UK & Ireland: Here, tipping is only for restaurants where you need to give about 10% to 15% of the total bill as a tip. 

Countries that Find Tipping Offensive

As mentioned earlier, there are some countries that find tipping offensive. These include:

  • China
  • South Korea
  • Japan

These countries find it an insult when you tip. In fact, if you try to tip, they will return it back as they consider it as something very rude. But you may find a service tax added to your bill in these places to cover the need for tipping. So, you need not tip in these countries.

Wrap Up

Finally, with this list of tipping etiquette, you now know where to tip and where not to. So, when you are out on your next trip, ensure that you follow these as they would help you connect with the locals in a better way. And tip only where you should and avoid where you shouldn’t!