Tipping around the world…
Mrs O likes to come up with useful travel tips and is this a tough one or what?
When 5 Europeans go out for dinner in the USA.. they could buy another friend a meal with the tip they will need to leave.. and in Europe, service tends to be included and people leave a token of appreciation.
I came across this image which depicts quite well the tipping process around the world.
In the UK, where I currently live, 10% seems to be the norm, which I personally think it is absolutely appropriate. In Portugal, I tend to leave €5 for lunch (for 2) and €10 for dinner.
Recently, in a well-known and not particularly cheap restaurant in Lisbon, 5 of us decided to tip €25, using the 10% rule. The waiter and owner came immediately back as they were sure it was a mistake. We had to insist we meant to leave €5 each for what was one of my best meals both in terms of food and service in recent times.
I am not sure I entirely agree with the European information, but if this not accurate as we speak, it is certainly the way we are heading. No right or wrong way – it is important that we adapt our tipping to where we are!
Will you share your tipping experiences around the world?
PS. The original infographic can be downloaded at http://www.mint.com/blog/goals/tipping-abroad-03022011/