When it comes to tipping waiters, taxi drivers, and porters, it seems us Brits are pretty clueless – according to a recent survey conducted by Tripadvisor, that is!
The survey, carried out on 6,000 people from the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy and France, found that up to 60% of Britons know little about when, where, and how much they should be tipping abroad, and as a result, 8% said they had experienced an “awkward tipping situation” while on holiday.
So are we just tight or is this because every country has different rules when it comes to tipping, and it is hard to keep up?
The survey suggests that up to a third of British holidaymakers are reducing the amount of money they give away in tips due to the current economic crisis and European recession, but that over half of those questions revealed that they didn’t know what was expected, and as a result, gave too much or nothing at all!
So what is a fair tip amount for a waiter? In the UK, the etiquette of tipping has always been clear (to me at least!), that if the service is good we give between 10 – 15%.
In the US, however, 10% of the total bill is considered a paltry sum, and “at least” 15 – 20% is expected for good service.
In Southeast Asian Countries such as Malaysia and Thailand, 10% is considered a generous tip, while in Japan different tip ‘rules’ apply to different services, so while it can be confusing – I believe that with a little research before jetting off on holiday, we can all tip the right people the right amount.
Here are some other interesting tipping trends highlighted in the survey:
- The Spanish are the worst tippers, with up to 80% admitting they leave no tip at all, and they are followed closely by the Italians and the French!
- Italian travellers are the most ‘flirty’ tippers, with up to 33% admitting they tipped someone because they fancied them.
- When it comes to tipping, it seems good old-fashioned manners are likely to get more out of the pockets of European tourists that anything else!
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