Ever wondered about the tipping etiquette while on holiday in a foreign land? Well I certainly have. Coming from an Asian country where tipping is not normally practiced, this tipping business of when and where to tip, not to mention how much, really boggles my mind. This week’s guest post is about, the Top places to go on holiday with no tipping necessary!
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Any traveler venturing to the United States or Canada for the first time is likely to be a little disturbed by the tipping culture of North America. Even the most basic service delivered with the merest modicum of skill requires some sort of financial reward above and beyond the standard charge.
Bringing drinks from the bar to your table – there’s a tip for that; holding a door open – there’s a tip for that; smiling sweetly – they’d probably expect a tip for that too. Outside of North America tipping culture is much less extreme, but there are some holiday destinations where tipping is simply not expected or required at all.
Here are 5 countries where you ought to be free from tipping – just don’t bother.
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Foremost among the Asian countries for a no-tipping culture, the Japanese consider it insulting to tip for services. Tipping in Japanese culture is demeaning and is generally considered a sign of an incomplete or poor service. If you wish to show your appreciation for an exceptional service, a small gift or souvenir is acceptable rather than any cash tip.
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Spain and its surrounding islands in the Balearics and the Canaries do not have a history of tipping. According to TripAdvisor, Spanish travelers are the worst tippers in Europe, so if they don’t tip while on holiday, then neither should you on your holiday to Majorca.
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Tipping is not a custom in Slovenia and only recently with the influx of foreign tourism have Slovenian restaurants started accepting the idea of a gratuity. In most cases though, a tip is unexpected and not necessary should you be on holiday in a country with such superb hospitality.
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Whilst not as strict as Japan, China does not have a heritage of tipping. Occasionally a gratuity will be added to a restaurant bill but only in the highly commercialized tourist areas. Hong Kong, however, is an exception where tipping is mandatory for hotel staff. Between HK$10-20 is usually appropriate.
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Australia is affectionately regarded for being stuck in a bit of a time warp. Their country is largely unspoiled and their tipping culture remains gloriously reserved in the past. Unaffected by the American taint of tipping, Australians do not expect a gratuity, but do be grateful if a particularly exceptional service has been delivered – the way it should be.