Tipping Etiquette Guide

How to take coffee in Cannes without causing a stir and more insider tips on tipping abroad.

To tip or not to tip? The oldest of travel conundrums. Every country has a unique set of social customs and tipping etiquette can vary greatly between different cultures.

Deciding whether or not to tip is the easy part; the real problem lies in deciding how much to tip. Too little might be considered an insult. Too much and you could be viewed as flashy or arrogant. In places like Japan and China virtually all tipping is seen as rude and it's just not done.

This short guide is designed to put your mind at rest next time you travel abroad; whether you find yourself in a café in Cairo, a bar in Budapest or a hotel in Honolulu.

And the bottom line? If the service wasn't up to scratch, then don't leave a tip.

To find out more, you can download our global tipping guide here

Tipping Guide