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Tips on Tipping Around the World

Many of us love to learn about the language and culture of far-flung places while we’re there but one thing it pays to know ahead of time is tipping etiquette.

It’s a norm that varies across the globe, with some service providers expecting it while others may be offended by being offered one. Overall, though, the practice appears to be gaining acceptance worldwide.

Read on for a rough guide to tipping in some of the world’s most thrilling cities.

Paris

In Paris, tipping is more relaxed compared to places like the United States. Many restaurants include a service charge (service compris) in the bill. However, leaving a small tip for good service is appreciated.

Rounding up the bill or leaving a few euros (around 5% to 10%) is common. For taxi drivers, rounding up to the nearest euro or leaving 5% to 10% is sufficient. Hotel staff typically expect €1 to €2 per bag for porters and €1 to €2 per day for housekeeping.

Tokyo

Tipping in Tokyo is not customary and can even be considered rude. Exceptional service is expected and included in the price.

In restaurants, bars, taxis and hotels, no tipping is necessary. Instead, a simple thank you or a small gift as a token of appreciation is more culturally appropriate if you feel the need to express gratitude.

Mexico City

In Mexico City, tipping practices are somewhat similar to those in the United States. In restaurants, it’s customary to tip 10% to 15% of the total bill. For bartenders, a tip of 10% is usual. Taxi drivers do not typically expect tips, but rounding up the fare is appreciated.

Hotel staff should receive about 10 to 20 pesos per bag for bellhops and around 20 pesos per night for housekeeping.

Sydney

In Sydney, tipping is not as ingrained as in the U.S., but it is becoming more common in the hospitality industry.

In restaurants, leaving a tip of 10% to 15% for good service is appreciated but not mandatory. For taxi drivers, rounding up the fare is generally acceptable. Hotel staff, including bellhops and housekeeping, do not usually expect tips, but a small gratuity for exceptional service is welcomed.

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