I think I have touched on this subject before, and I didn’t get any more clever because of it. As you can read from one of my earlier articles, tipping is a pretty interesting concept, and it is handled differently in each country around the world. In the U.S., I always tipped 20% if not more. It is considered rude if you don’t tip more than 15%, at least that’s my own experience. I came from Sweden to the U.S., and starting to tip was a learning process like no other. Here in Sweden we tip around 10%, and that’s not even all the time. In cabs, for example, you don’t tip since the tip is included in the bill itself when you pay. That goes for a lot of things over here, while in the U.S. that’s not the case at all.
If you’re about to travel the world, and you find yourself lost in the tipping jungle, I have the ultimate solution for you. It’s an awesome and beautiful infographic from Mint that will make you an expert in no time. Just look at these countries and learn the short information about each one, and you will never have trouble tipping ever again. Unfortunately, not all countries are represented on this infographic, but I suggest you do what most people do, if the country you’re visiting is not included in this post then just pick the country closest to it and tip according to their standards. I am sure you will be alright.
Another way to go about it is of course to tip according to the service you have been given. Most of the time you will get a service that satisfies you, and if it is above average, let your wallet and heart decide what to tip. That never fails since you will probably be right on target. Even though people most likely won’t get rich off of the tip you give them, if they are nice and up your experience because of it, I think it’s safe to say they are at least worth whatever you can spare, right? Tipping is an art form, and your experience is all the knowledge you will ever need. Oh, and this infographic poster of course.
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