Tipping Etiquette Around The World from A to Z
by Sarah (Awesome Escape Blogger)
Oct 23, 2015

If you’ve just been served the best meal of your life or had the most courteous cab driver that you can remember, or just been guided around a new city by the most informative tour guide – you may want to show them how appreciative you are of their work by giving them a tip! But did you know that tipping etiquette greatly varies not only by country but also by region and even in certain scenarios? If you’re planning on visiting a new destination anytime soon, you will want to brush up on the standards for tipping in individual countries and especially in the region you’re in. Brush up on what to do if you’re looking to participate in certain activities and how they perceive tipping before you make assumptions (i.e., Sometimes it’s considered faux pas to tip!). Here are the standards behind tipping in each country.

Argentina

At a restaurant in Argentina, it’s standard to tip your waiter 10% of your bill. If you’re staying in a hotel, you will want to provide your porter with 25 pesos (or 45 for a REALLY good porter). Chances are you’ll be using a driver or taking a cab. If you’re in a cab, round up on your bill and the extra will go to the cab driver. If you’re using a local car service (also known as “remisses”) you tip them 10%. If you have a full-day driver you also tip them 10%+ (the better they are, the more you can tip) and if you’re using a full-day guide you will want to provide them anywhere from 150-300 pesos (the better the guide, the more pesos they can be tipped). If you’re in Argentina, keep a lot of change with you for tipping, as there is a shortage of it and a lot of businesses will not break bills for you.

Australia/New Zealand

When visiting Oz, they have a similar tipping system that American’s have. At restaurants, you tip your waiter 10-15% of your total bill. If someone is helping you with your bags at a hotel, you tip about $1 per bag. You tip the concierge $10-$20 if you require a favor and $1-$5 per day for your housekeeper (if you’re messy, make sure it’s $5 or even more). If you use cabs while you’re visiting Australia, you’ll tip them $5, $20-$50 for a private guide, $5-$10 for a bus tour guide and $25-$50 per day for a private driver. If you opt for any spa treatments, you tip 10%-15% of the total bill. Service staff in Australia twenty years ago would be fired for accepting a tip, but now it has become more mainstream, just ensure you’re discrete when tipping and don’t be put off if someone refuses your money.

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