strikes fear into the heart of a novice traveler like
calculating tips in a strange land. Too little, and insults might
be hissed. Too much, and the budget is quickly blown. Luckily,
several online travel sources, including www.magellans.com,
www.travel.discovery.com and www.tipping.org,
discreetly advise the tipper abroad. Consider these guidelines:
1. Argentina. Tipping is illegal, so refrain
2. Bahamas. Add 15 percent to restaurant and
bar bills, with the exception of all-inclusive resorts, where
tipping is unnecessary. Porters get one dollar per bag, and taxi
drivers reap 15 percent of the fare.
3. Brazil. Taxi drivers are not usually
tipped, except in Rio de Janeiro, where 10 percent is the norm.
Restaurants normally add 10 percent to the bill.
4. Britain. Service charges usually are not
added to restaurant bills. A 12 to 15 percent tip is considered
generous. For taxis, add 10 to 15 percent.
5. China. Tack on 3 percent to the restaurant
tab. Porters expect one to two dollars per bag, while taxi drivers
don’t expect tips.
6. Denmark. Tipping is not expected in
restaurants. Round up for taxis, and give one dollar per bag to
7. France. Most restaurants add 15 percent to
the bill. Leave an additional 2 to 3 percent, or any small change,
for good service.
8. Germany. Add 5 to 10 percent to restaurant
bills, in addition to the automatic service charge. For taxis,
9. Japan. Tipping is considered an insult.
10. Mexico. In restaurants, 10 to 15 percent is
considered generous. For taxis, round up.