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).
Last time we’ve covered why you need to do a thorough research on the destination you are planning on visiting and we gave the list of people who are expecting a tip. Now we are talking about being prepared right from the start.
Local Currency In Advance
If you’re planning to take a cab or shuttle directly from the airport to your motel, hotel or wherever you are staying at, it would be wise to have some local currency prepared as soon as you get off your plane.
Taxi drivers expect a tip, while shuttles are not free either. Although some countries may accept U.S. dollars, the unspoken rule states you shouldn’t be tipping in dollars.
Most airports do have ATM’s or exchange rate counters, but make sure you don’t exchange all of your money at the airport due to poor rates.
Get just enough local currency so you can cover your taxi/shuttle fare and the tip.
Also, make sure you exchange your money or make an ATM withdrawal in such a way that you have plenty of small bills as they are pretty useful for smart tipping.