Picture this: you’re on vacation to a place you’ve never been before. You have authentic food at a restaurant & you settle the bill. Do you leave money for the server?
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines tip as “to give a gratuity to” & the word gratuity as “something given voluntarily or beyond obligation usually for some service”. From the definitions of these words, we get that giving a tip or gratuity tends to come down to how much a person feels they should give & thus, the issue becomes personal in nature. This is probably why people don’t necessarily like discussing it or why it has the potential to become an uncomfortable topic. The problem is that your stance on the matter of tipping is most likely heavily affected by where you come from. Once you leave the area you come from, there is potential for things to get awkward.
Tipping is a topic that must be spoken about with regards to travel & it is something you absolutely should thoroughly research before taking a trip. In Far East countries like Japan & China, it isn’t the norm & can actually be offensive to the server. If you go to Egypt, you might be surprised that tipping seems to be part of the culture & you will be expected to give a tip to every person who renders any form of service to you. This blog has previously mentioned how servers in the United States of America get vocal at patrons if the tip left behind is not sufficient. As you can see, the dynamics of this practice change greatly depending on where you go. When a person travels without preparing for things like this it is disappointing for the local & often embarrassing for the foreigner. Don’t be that person.
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