Global tipping etiquette

Every traveler needs to learn Global Tipping Etiquette. This can be difficult as it varies from country to country. In some places it is not really necessary, but it is much appreciated, while in most countries it is expected.

Keep in mind that incorrect tip etiquette can potentially ruin your journey as it can give you unpleasant experiences.

Here's a guide to help you decide how much tips to give:

By geography:

Asia and the Pacific

Tipping guidelines in this region can be very complicated. In most Asian countries, tilting is optional, but it is very welcome. However, there is a "No Tipping" rule in Japan.

In most places, giving a tip really helps you get a faster and better service.

Central and South America

Most of the time, restaurants and hotels are already adding a service charge to the bill. As a result, tips are no longer needed unless you want to compensate the staff for the excellent service you have received. Be sure to check your bill to see if a service charge was already included before adding a further tip.

north America

In America, tilting is automatic, as people expect it all the time. Proper tipping labels require that customers in restaurants provide 15% -20% of the total bill (before tax).


More often than not, hotels and restaurants in Europe already include a service charge. Tilting is thus not an obligation. For some places where there is no service charge, a 10% tip is considered adequate.

Middle East and Africa

Tips are not that important and you can follow your gut feeling. If you feel that the person deserves to be further compensated, give it in every way.

Here are the most common tilting practices per day. Category:

Hotels – Tips for hotel staff vary.

Before checking in, ask if gratuity is already included in the room rate. If no tip is included, use this as a guide:

Bellman / Doorman- $ 1- $ 2 per bag.

Valet parking attendant – $ 1- $ 3 for car return

Housekeeper- $ 2- $ 5 per Night. It is advisable to leave the tip daily instead of at the end of your stay because different people may be assigned to clean your room, depending on the staff schedule. If you decide to tip the housekeeper at the end of your stay, just make sure to leave a note for them, otherwise they may not get it.

Room Service – For extra requests, such as extra towels, pillows, blankets, etc., you can give $ 2 or $ 3. For food service, gratuity is usually included in the bill. If not, you can give 15% -20%.

Concierge – For general advice, tips are not really expected but appreciated. You can give $ 5- $ 20 for your entire stay, depending on how helpful the person was.

Spa and salon services – 10% -20%.

Tour guides – 10% -20%.


Airport transporters – $ 1- $ 3 per night Bag.

Porters – $ 1- $ 3 per Bag.

Wheelchair pushes- $ 2- $ 5 per Person

Taxi drivers – 10% -20%, minimum $ 5.


Check your bill if gratuity is included or not. If already included, no additional tip is required unless the service was exceptional. If the tip is not added to the bill, 15% -20% is usually good.

Bartenders – $ 1- $ 2 per Drink

Note that these are only guidelines and suggestions and that there are no strict rules for tilting. It is certainly at your discretion, but it is always safe to follow common practice. When in doubt, you can always ask, and most of the time they are more than happy to tell you.