When you arrive in a new country, it’s important to try to respect and adjust to local customs. In Turkey that might be covering your shoulders in a mosque, in America it’s having a few dollars to tip your bellboy when he hauls your suitcase to your room. Expedia’s new Holiday Spend Index reveals some interesting stats around the way Aussies travel – from the planning and saving down to the tipping.
The survey of 11,165 people from around the world found that 81% of Aussies look for a deal when booking a holiday, including sales, hotel inclusions and flight specials.
But what about tipping? The Holiday Spend Index found that 50% of Aussies don’t tip when they’re travelling. Whether you want to tip or not is totally up to you – a decision that should really be made based on the level of service you’ve received. But it’s good to keep in mind, some countries like America have much lower minimum wage salaries, so gratuities play an important role in employees’ take home pay.
America: a 15% tip is considered the standard across hospitality industries. Great service is generally rewarded with a 20% tip. In some restaurants, if you don’t tip you’ll find the waiter following you out the door demanding more.
Canada: The same rules as America generally apply.
Mexico: If there’s no service charge on your bill, there may be a propina (Spanish for gratuity). If not, a 10% tip is considered standard.
Bali: Again tipping isn’t necessary, although you may find yourself leaving a substantial gratuity to taxi drivers who deliberately don’t carry small change.
China and Japan: Absolutely no tipping necessary, and actually insulting, especially in Japan.
Thailand: Bar and restaurant staff at high end hotels might expect a 10% tip but it’s not obligatory.
Europe: Some countries including England and France include a service fee on the bill, in that case there’s no need to leave a tip. In other countries such as Croatia and Montenegro, a tip might get you a better seat in the restaurant or even a seat on a full ferry.
- When changing money, ask for the smallest bills available. A few $1 and $2 bills will definitely come in handy in countries like America where you might be expected to tip for one drink ordered at a bar
- If the service really isn’t up to scratch, don’t feel obligated to tip
- If you don’t want to tip the bellboy, carry the bags yourself