Confused about tipping? A new report reveals when and how much you should give when travelling around the world.
Researchers at Hawaiian Islands have put together a guide on how much to tip restaurant staff, hotel staff and taxi drivers in 162 countries, based on TripAdvisor guides and other sources.
In more than a third of countries, including many European nations, the report found leaving a tip of 10 per cent to restaurant staff was customary. In the US, staff expected the biggest gratuity, with a 20 per cent tip being the standard.
For hotel staff who help carry your luggage, you generally only need to budget a couple of dollars, if anything. According to the report, tipping around $1.50 to $3 is best practice in 37 countries. In the US, it’s slightly more, at around $3 to $7 (US$2 to $5). In 32 countries, including Japan, South Korea and China, you don’t need to tip at all.
Tipping taxi drivers is not necessary in 88 countries, while in 21 countries - including Canada, France and Spain - a 10 per cent tip is suggested. In the US, a 15 per cent tip is more appropriate.
Tipping in the USA, UK and more
If you’re heading to the United States, the report suggested giving restaurant staff a 20 per cent tip and taxi drivers 15 per cent. For hotel staff, it suggested between US$2 to $5.
For the United Kingdom, it recommended tipping restaurant staff 10 per cent and hotel staff a few pounds (US$2 to $3). It’s not necessary to tip taxi drivers.
If you’re travelling to Indonesia, you can tip restaurant staff 5-10 per cent. You don’t have to tip hotel staff or taxi drivers, the report said.
For Thailand, service is usually included in your restaurant bill and you can tip a small amount to hotel staff (US$0.50 to $1) and round up your taxi fare.
And for many popular destinations, like Japan, Singapore, Fiji and New Zealand, tipping is not necessary.