Tipping has always been one of the most confusing actions, especially when you travel to another country. Sometimes, you are not sure whom to tip, when, how much to give, or whether you should tip at all. Fret not! This uncertainty is normal; you are in a place with different practices, culture, and traditions. To make things easier for you, we will provide you with the top five situations in which you need to observe tipping etiquette at all times, regardless of your location.
Airport and Train Station Tipping Etiquette
Regardless of the country you are visiting, you must observe tipping etiquette in airports and train stations. If you have luggage, giving the porter $1 for helping you carry your luggage is standard. If you have very heavy luggage, it makes sense to give more. Giving a $1 tip to the doorman for hailing a taxi for you is also appropriate.
Hotel Tipping Etiquette
Again, no matter where you are, the right thing to do is to observe tipping etiquette in your hotel. Tipping your limo or taxi driver for driving you safe and sound to your hotel is appropriate. A reasonable tip is 10% to 15% of your taxi or limo fare. Giving a $1 or $2 tip to the hotel’s valet parking attendant if you drive your own car is also appropriate, while a $2 tip for the driver is reasonable if you take a bus or a shuttle van.
Tour Tipping Etiquette
Some tour fees already include a tip for the local tour guide, while others do not. If this is the case, giving a $1 tip per guide for a half-day tour and a $2 tip for a full-day tour is appropriate. Tour tipping etiquette dictates a $3 to $8 tip per person if you are with a tour manager on a multiday tour. And remember to give the bus driver a $2 tip.
Cruise Tipping Etiquette
When you are traveling on a cruise, you may tip proportionate to the comfort that you experienced while on the cruise; thus, you should only tip on your last day or evening of the cruise. As a general rule in cruise tipping etiquette, the following are appropriate: a $3.50 tip per person per day for dining room waiters, a $2 tip per person per day for assistant waiters, a $3.50 tip per person per day for the dining room maître d, a $3.50 tip per person per day for the room steward, and a $1.50 tip per person per day for the dining room manager.
Restaurant Tipping Etiquette
Excellent service always calls for a tip. In most countries, 20% of the total bill is a reasonable tip for restaurant staff; however, in most U.S. restaurants, a 15% tip is standard. It is also proper to give a 15% to 20% tip to bartenders. Restaurant tipping etiquette says that you should never leave without a tip, even if the service or food was not good. In this case, inform the manager about the problem. It is also important to remember that some restaurants in Asia and Europe include the tip on their bill; thus, you are not expected to tip.
Different countries may have different tipping rates. The best tipping etiquette that you should remember is to always give tip as a token of appreciation for a job well done or a service well rendered.