To Tip Or Not To Tip?

To tip or not to tip is probably one of the oldest holiday debates; the question of tipping is always one we seem to encounter when on holiday. Every country has its own set of social customs and tipping etiquette can vary greatly between different cultures. It can often be very difficult to work out when to tip and how much is expected. In fact, us Brits seem to struggle more than others, as recent research conducted by Direct Line showed that we are the second worst nation for tipping after the French.  

But getting tipping etiquette right is not simple. It is always a good idea to investigate the customs for your destination and research carefully before you go. In some countries, you will be expected to tip taxi drivers and hotel staff, so you will need some local currency as soon as you get off the plane. In the USA tips are very much expected and part of everyday life, however, iplaces like Japan and China all tipping is seen as rude and its just not done. You can greatly offend your waiter in Japan if you try to give him money.  

With the busiest holiday time of year about to start and so many of our customers flying off on their summer vacation, I Love meet and greet have put together a simple guide to tipping abroad.   


Country  Restaurant  Hotel Maid  Bar  Taxi 
Australia  10-15%  2 Dollars per night  Keep the change  Round up fare 
Brazil  X  X  X  Round up fare 
Canada  20%  Small tip  X  10-15% 
China  X  X  X  X 
France  Service is added  Optional  X  10% 
Germany  10%  Optional  X  Round up fare 
Greece  5-10%  1 Euro per night  Round up fare  X 
Italy  10%  T1 to 3 Euros per night  Keep the change  Round up fare 
Japan  X  X  X  X 
Mexico  10%  Small tip   15% of tab  X 
Portugal  10-12%  1 to 5 Euros per night  Round up bill   Round up fare 
South Africa  10-12%      Round up fare 
Spain and Canary Islands  5-10%  1 to 5 Euros per night  Round up bill   5%  
The Netherlands  X  Optional  Optional  Round up fare 
Turkey  10%  Small tip  Round up bill   Round up fare 
United Arab Emirates  10-20%  5 to 10 Dirhmans per person  Keep the change  Round up fare 
USA  15-20%  1 to 2 Dollars every time  to 2 Dollars for every drink 


1 Dollar to 10-20% 


The bottom line with tipping is if you are extremely happy with the service it is always nice to leave a tip but if you felt the service wasn’t up to scratch, then don’t leave a tip.  

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