Remembering proper etiquette can be tricky, especially when you travel to foreign countries. Before you go on your next trip abroad, it's smart to brush up on a few words in the local language, and make sure you know the tipping etiquette in other countries. It's not just polite to learn international tipping customs - it can save you money, too. No one wants to be the naive tourist who tips the valet, only to later find out that this gesture was unnecessary (and maybe even offensive).
Planning a globe trotting vacation? The list below will help you appropriately thank every bellhop, barman, and concierge you meet on your travels. Brush up on the international tipping practices below and board that pane worry-free.
In Argentina, 10% is a good amount to tip a waiter. Plan on giving 25 to 40 pesos to a hotel porter, and 300 pesos to a full-day tour guide. U.S. dollars are certainly accepted, but they're impossible to actually get in Argentina, so bring your own cash. And don't be afraid to ask the locals what's appropriate - inflation has skewed the tip game enough that even experts sometimes have a hard time determining what's appropriate.
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Tipping customs in Canada are very similar to those in the United States. Tip 20% on dinner, give $1-2 per bag to the bellhop, and if a concierge does you a solid, $10-20 will go a long way in thanking him or her. It's also suggested to leave a few dollars each day for the person cleaning your room, if you're staying in a hotel.
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Tipping is generally a no-no in China. You can leave some extra cash for room attendants and porters at hotels if you'd like, but no gratuity is necessary at restaurants or in taxis.
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Some Colombian restaurants will include a 10% service charge, some won't. Check to make sure that it's included - but even if it is, it's common to leave a little extra on top of that. Aim to reach 15%, provided the service was good. If you stay at a small hacienda, leave a tip at the end of your stay that equals $5-10 per night. This pays for cooking, cleaning, and general upkeep. A standard hotel requires nothing more than the usual dollar or two to the porters and doormen. Colombian pesos are typically preferred, but not required.
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