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How To Tip When Traveling Abroad (Part 3)


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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).

So far we’ve covered why you need to do a thorough research on the destination you are planning on visiting, gave you the list of people who are expecting a tip, and why you need to be prepared right from the start. Now we are focusing on why you shouldn’t ask if you should tip, and where the tip is already included.

Why Asking Might be Tricky

People usually don’t know this, but it is never cool to ask a service person if he or she requires a tip.

This kind of turns into a conflict of interest and the service person probably won’t tell you to tip them, while the tips may actually be their bread and butter.

In India, for instance, a service person will always tell you that he or she “requires no gratuity out of modesty and good manners”, even though their income is mostly generated by tips.

This is exactly why you should check out part 1 of this article to see the list of common service people to tip when you go abroad.

Where Service Charge doesn’t mean you Shouldn’t Tip

Although “service charge” mark on your restaurant bill suggests the tip is already included, in some countries you should tip the waiter nonetheless.

According to Independent Traveler, destinations such as Greece, Guatemala, Italy and Hong Kong, you should leave a tip in addition to a service charge since it is possible that this fee may not go to the waiter.