Travel to Germany and you can expect beer, bratwurst and lederhosen but what about generous tippers?
Yes, tipping and travelling often go hand-in-hand and according to a recent study, the hospitality industry ought to keep their arms wide open to German globe-trotters since the are, self-admittingly, the best tippers in the world. In TripAdvisor's tipping survey, Germans came out on top as the nationality most likely to leave gratuities, with 69 per cent of respondents leaving a tip.
But on the other end of the spectrum were Italians, with 23 per cent of the surveyed saying they always leave it a tip while travelling. The study polled 9,000 travellers across a total of eight countries, including the Spain, Britain, France, Brazil, Russia and the United States, which came up in second place with 57 per cent admitting to always tipping whether it be at restaurants, hotels, or for taxis.
For many travellers from North America, tipping apprehension comes from the uncertainty of how much to give, notes NBC. Too much and you've duped yourself, not enough and you may have just insulted your server. Not surprisingly, three-quarters of polled Americans said they brought tipping conversion charts to find out the appropriate amount, according to Skift.
While the expectation for tips varies where you are in the world (most North American establishments expect tips, while in parts of Asia, tips are considered offensive as they suggest that the employer is underpaying a server), rounding up to the nearest whole number and telling someone to keep the change is generally a safe practice.
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A tip of 15-20% is customary for good to great service, 10-15% is common for poor service and 20% and up for excellent service. What about your barista? Well <a href="http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2010/07/waiter_rant_follow-up_will_tel.html" target="_hplink">that's complicated</a>. (Photo from <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dinesarasota" target="_hplink">Flickr: larryjh1234</a>)
While a few restaurants will add a tip to the bill, tipping in Mexico is basically the same as in the US. For good service, a tip of 15-20% is customary. (Photo from AP)
As in the US, a tip of 15% is expected. Customers can tip up to 20% for exceptional service. (Photo from AP)
Italians tip very little, usually under 10%, or up to 5 euros unless it's a very expensive meal. (Photo from <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/sooey/" target="_hplink">Flickr: junojp</a>)
A 15% tip is included in the bill by law, but a small extra tip can be left as a sort of "thank you." The extra tip can range from a few coins on a small cafe meal to about 5 euros on a more extensive meal. (Photo from AP)
Trip Advisor recommends that <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g187275-s606/Germany:Tipping.And.Etiquette.html" target="_hplink">diners leave a small tip on top of what is included by the restaurant</a>. This amount should be small, between 5-10%, and should be paid by handing the waiter physical cash for the exchange. It's customary to round up to the nearest round amount (leaving 20 euros on an 18 euro check). <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/bookmanjb?action=comments" target="_hplink">Commenter/American expatriate living in Germany bookmanjb concurs, writing</a>: <blockquote>12% is included in the check for service. For so-so or bad service, you leave nothing. For good service, you simply round up a little. For example, if your check comes to 28 euros, leaving 30 euros indicates that you are VERY satisfied with your server; if you add those 2 euros to the 12%, it's about 20%. </blockquote> (Photo from Flickr: sanfamedia.com)
Many British restaurants will include a mysterious "service charge" that usually goes to the restaurant owner. Diners can ask for this to be removed or lowered and add their own tip to go directly to the waiter. A customary tip is between 10-15%. Most Brits don't tip in pubs. (Photo from <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/adam_t4/" target="_hplink">Flickr: Adam_T4</a>)
A 10% service charge is included in the check, but it's customary to round up to the nearest 10 (50 for a meal costing 47) for particularly good service. (Photo from <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/stone-soup/" target="_hplink">Flickr: jules:stonesoup</a>)
Most restaurants will include a service charge in the check, and it's fine but not customary to surpass that amount. (Photo from Flickr: balyho0o)
A tip of 10% is considered standard. If service is excellent, a tip of 15% is generous. (Photo from <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_t_in_dc/" target="_hplink">Flickr: Mr. T in DC</a>)
At inexpensive restaurants, a few coins can be left as tip. At higher end places, the restaurant might add a 10% service charge to the check. (<a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/rubber_slippers_in_italy/photosof/" target="_hplink">Flickr: Rubber Slippers In Italy</a>)
Most restaurants will include a tip of 10%-12%, and it's customary to add an extra 5% on top of that. (Photo from <a href="http://www.flickr.com/groups/snowpea/" target="_hplink">Flickr: snowpea</a>)
More and more Indian restaurants, across price points, <a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/food/food-reviews/The-tipping-point/articleshow/5988533.cms" target="_hplink">are adding service charges</a>. Before, in most restaurants a tip of 10-15% was considered standard and should still be added to bills where the service isn't included. (Photo from <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/brood_wich/" target="_hplink">Flickr: Brood_wich</a>)
Tipping is not customary, though some hotels and restaurants will add a 10% fee to checks. (Photo from <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/hulagway/" target="_hplink">Flickr: whologwhy</a>)
Tipping is very uncommon, and sometimes even considered rude, at restaurants. (Photo from Flickr: InterContinental Hong Kong)
Unlike in the rest of China, a tip of around 10% is average at most middle of the road spots and upscale restaurants will usually include a 10% tip. (Photo from <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dongkwan/" target="_hplink">Flickr: VirtualErn</a>)
Tipping is not expected and rarely ever happens. It can even be considered rude, depending on the place. The waiter will get their cut in the form of a 10% service charge added by the restaurant. (Photo from <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/scelera/" target="_hplink">Flickr: samantha celera</a>)
Given the high prices of almost everything in Iceland, tourists and locals alike are not expected add a tip to the check. Waiters will accept small tips but it's not customary to leave anything. (Photo from <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/acme/" target="_hplink">Flickr: acme</a>)
Tipping has only recently become the norm at Australian restaurants, where it's now customary to leave a 10% tip for good service. (Photo from <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/sackerman519/" target="_hplink">Flickr: Sarah_Ackerman</a>)
Some Chilean restaurants include a 12% service charge, but diners can ask for it to be removed. If no tip is included, a tip of 10% is considered generous. (Photo from Flickr: www.theedinburghblog.co.uk)
Typically a 10% tip is included in the bill, and it's not expected that a diner will leave an extra tip. (Photo from <a href="http://www.flickr.com/groups/snowpea/" target="_hplink">Flickr: snowpea</a>)
While tipping isn't mandatory, many people tip for good service. Locals usually tip around 10% while tourists typically shell out a bit more. (Photo from AP)
No tipping is customary, but a 10% service charge is usually included. (Photo from <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/vkreay/" target="_hplink">Flickr: Victoria Reay</a>)
A 10% tip is customary, but 15% is generous to reward great service.
A tip of 10% is customary, although some places will add 10% to the tip. (Photo from <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lablasco/" target="_hplink">Flickr: La.blasco</a>)