Cody Candee, CEO and founder of Bounce, said there are many “different options” when it comes to tipping on holiday. The travel expert shared his key advice to help British tourists tipping abroad.
Cody said: “Although the overarching tipping guidance can be applied to countries across the globe, it is extremely important to gather as much information surrounding the tipping custom specificities in your chosen destination, as customs can vary significantly.”
In the USA, British tourists might be shocked by how much people are expected to tip, which is much higher than in the UK.
In Japan, tipping is considered to be an insult and tourists shouldn’t attempt to offer service workers extra money.
Cody added: “Be sure to do your research before you think about leaving a tip to avoid causing offence!”
Stick to general rules
Cody said: “Despite country specific etiquette varying from country to country, there are a number of general guidelines you can keep in mind.
“For example, tipping in restaurants averages at five to 15 percent, while tips for cleaning staff average $2 (£1.61) per day.”
Tourists may want to tip extra if they think the level of service they received was exceptional.
Some hotels and cruise ships include a gratuity on the price of the holiday, so customers don’t need to worry about tipping.
Always carry local currency
Cody said: “If you are unsure of a destination’s tipping protocol, it’s always best to prepare. Ensure to carry the country’s local currency at all times throughout your holiday, as you may be required to tip taxi drivers after transfers, or waiters after a meal.”
Although many countries in Europe are now operating mostly through card payments, it’s still a good idea to carry some change.
Tourists will be able to leave cash for housekeeping staff or leave some at the end of a restaurant meal.
If the destination mostly operates by card, it may include a service charge on the bill so tourists should check the receipt.
Don’t be afraid to ask
Cody said: “Knowing when and how much to tip can be confusing, especially when using a new currency.
“If you ever find yourself feeling unsure about the tipping process while abroad, why not ask a trusted local, or a member of staff at your accommodation for guidance.”
Tourists could also have a look online or ask a travel agent for more guidance when it comes to tipping.
If it’s a cruise holiday, tourists could check with their cruise line who should be able to share guidelines on tips.
Cody added: “It can be polite to tip taxi drivers, bus drivers and tour guides, but again this isn’t a requirement.
“Generally speaking, these industries don’t offer significantly high wages and so tips are a great way to demonstrate that extra appreciation.
“For countries that don’t accept tips or for those that may take offence, if you wish to still show your gratitude, why not instead consider rounding your bill?
“Whether or not tipping is the done thing in your chosen holiday destination, treating others the way you wish to be treated is the most important recommendation, ensuring to always be polite and respectful”.