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How To Tip When Traveling Abroad (Part 1)


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Did you know that in Japan tipping is considered rude and is even taken as an insult? Here we are going to delve a bit deeper into the art of tipping when traveling abroad so you don’t get slapped in the face for giving someone money (however impossible that may sound).

Know Where You Are Going

Perhaps the most important “tipping tip” you need to know is – always do a thorough research on the destination you are planning on visiting.

Specific tipping information is vital if you want to avoid awkward situations and coming off as either a cheap person or a show-off.

Inquire about local tipping practices so you are always one step ahead.

Whom to Tip?

Independent Traveler magazine has come up with a useful list of folks you will want to present with some extra cash while traveling abroad:

  • Waitstaff
  • Hotel cleaning staff
  • Porter
  • Bellhop
  • Taxi/van driver
  • Tour guide
  • Concierge
  • Restroom attendant
  • Local who is posing for a photograph
  • Bartender
  • Tour boat captain and staff
  • Maitre d’
  • Childcare staff/day camp counselor
  • Hairdresser/masseuse/manicurist