Global Tips

It’s an awkward situation when you step out of a foreign airport and suddenly someone picks up your bags and brings to your ride. Do you tip them? If you do how much is appropriate? In some countries the tip is included, but for others it is expected. Here is a guide I found at GoNOMAD. Read more below from, A Guide to Tipping Around the World.

Tipping Guide for Around the World

For the scope of this guide I will be giving a brief overview of the proper (and improper) amounts to tip in countries across the globe.

Italy: In Italy the tipping procedure is kept to a minimum. No tips are expected, but, again, if you feel as though the person did a great job, feel free to round up to the next highest amount. Also remember too that you are being charged a coperto (‘cover charge’) or possibly for pane (‘bread’) as well.

Taxi drivers usually expect to receive 5-10% of the bill.

Brazil: In Brazil the rules are not as strict. Like the feel of most the country, if you like what you see, tip, and if you don’t, well then don’t tip! There are no set guidelines and the amount is entirely at a person’s discretion. At hotels, a 10% to 15% service charge is included in the bill.

At a restaurant there is a 10% service charge included in the bill. At bars and cafes a 10% tip is good if it has not been added to the bill.

For taxis, a tip is not expected, yet drivers might be permitted to keep some change. Frequently, hotels will negotiate the fare in advance with the driver and pass the amount on to the guest as a flat rate (tip included).

China: You’ll never have to tip anywhere in China. It’s the one consolation for the fact that foreigners are charged more as a matter of government policy.

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