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Some Tips On Tipping
Friday, 04 January 2008
tipping For most Westerners, tipping is a way of life. You have a nice meal, you leave a little something for the server. If they’re great, you leave a bigger tip – and if the service was bad, you either tip anyway out of obligation, or take your revenge by withholding that 15 to 20 percent. And when it comes to skycaps and bellhops, we automatically slip them a bill just because they’re handling our bags.

It becomes more complicated when you travel internationally, however. Other cultures have different rules about tipping, as reported by Travel & Leisure. A good tip in Rome will be warmly appreciated, while it’s a sign that you’re an out-of-towner of you tip lavishly in London. In Sydney and Stockholm, tipping is light (10 percent for waitstaff is considered generous), while in Thailand and Bangkok tipping is considered an insult.

As with most cultural differences, your best bet is to do your homework before you travel. It’s as rude to tip staff in a culture where tipping isn’t the norm as it is to stiff your concierge or tennis pro in a country where it’s expected – so do a little research and know what the customs are before you leave home.
Last Updated ( Friday, 04 January 2008 )
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