In many countries, tipping can be socially awkward. In different countries, tipping methods can be highly inconsistent. If you don’t use proper tipping techniques, this could cause an embarrassment to everyone involved. This situation can be made more frustrating by the fact that each country has different tipping habit. Tipping is generally a gesture of appreciation for any service rendered. It’s not only deciding whether you should tip the service provider, you also need to decide the amount of the tip. In general, tipping can be seen as social custom, so it is something that can be quite different in each country and culture. When the tip is inadequate, you can be considered as infringing the local custom and insulting the work of the service provider. In fact, in some areas of work, tips represent much of the revenue for the workers.
There are many restaurants that we can find in London, especially at areas with high end establishments. Customary tips in London are between 10 to 15 percent, but we can do this at our discretion at bars. Hairstylists in London expect you to offer between 5 to 10 percent of tips. For taxi drivers, the amount of tip should be about 10 percent of the fare. For assistance with luggage, hotel staff should be given about a couple of pounds. With tips, workers can expect that they will have acceptable amount of earning to meet their monthly expenses. In the United States, tipping is also a big issue and during holiday season, many people expect to get a decent amount of tip. Restaurants in New York and other cities in the United States, may expect between 15 to 20 percent of tips.
Taxi drivers in different large cities in the United States expect to get between 10 to 15 percent to the fare. However, you shouldn’t hesitate to dispute the driver’s error. For hairstylists, they should get between 15 to 20 percent of the regular fees. Depending on the type of the hotel, bellboys and maid service could get $5 or $10 for their service. Parisians also expect to obtain tip for any service that’s deemed worthy. But, there’s no standard on the amount of tip that should be given. However, workers should appreciate any tip that’s between 10 to 15 percent of the fare. Taxi drivers in Paris expect to obtain tips. Hairstylists could be given a tip of 5 Euro regardless of the amount of the fee. For hotel staff in Paris, it can be entirely at your discretion.
In Barcelona, tipping isn’t mandatory and the amount of tip could depend on the type of the venue. As an example, upscale establishment will require us to pay higher amount of tip. In some case, the amount of the tip is already included in the service. However, the service fee may noy make its way to the workers, so they would appreciate any amount of tip that we give to them.