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Gratuity gauge: Learn about the tipping habits and culture in the various countries at Tip This Much. - AFP photo
Website offers tipping guidelines for countries around the world.
A NEW website has been developed to help take the guesswork out of tipping when travelling abroad.
It’s called Tip This Much (www.tipthismuch.in) and is a simple, user-friendly site that breaks down the tipping habits and culture in each country.
For example, during the recent World Cup in Brazil, tourists who were unsure of what to tip, were advised that it’s customary to leave a 10% gratuity for good service.
In South Africa, tourists are advised to leave between 10% and 20% of the bill.
Splitting the bill in countries like Singapore, Japan and China, meanwhile, is easier as the site advises that tipping is not expected of patrons.
In fact, in Japan, leaving a gratuity is considered offensive.
Visitors to Paris, meanwhile, may be advised that tipping is uncommon in France.
However, it is not uncommon to round up the bill or throw a euro coin on the table for an average meal.
In a fancy, high-end restaurant, local diners are known to shell out more in gratuity for an exceptional dining experience.
Interestingly, though the tipping culture is much the same in North America, Canadian servers may be robbed of a few dollars compared to their American counterparts if visitors were to go by the advice of Tip This Much. Because according to the site, it’s customary to tip from 10% to 15% in Canada, but 15% to 30% in the United States.
Meanwhile, travel review site TripAdvisor recently released the results of a new survey which found that American globetrotters are the best tippers when travelling abroad, as 60% said they “always” tip for service, followed by Germans, Brazilians and Spaniards.
Italians landed at the bottom of the heap, at 11%. – AFP Relaxnews
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