There is nothing quite as confusing as knowing the proper etiquette for tipping when you travel, especially when you are traveling outside the USA. Knowing when and how much to tip can be very daunting and intimidating to any traveler, even the most seasoned of travelers. It is very important that you research what the customs are for your visiting country, there are many resources available to travelers that help to take the mystery out of the tipping conundrum. When using a Travel Advisor, be sure to inquire about tipping; do not be afraid to ask for guidance and instruction, you want to be confident when you travel and not have the stress of not knowing when or how much to tip.
As a general rule, I tell all of my clients..."when in doubt AND you received great service, TIP!!! "
The USA is fairly easy to understand, 20% for good service and more for GREAT service. This goes for all levels of customer care including: wait staff, hired drivers, hotel bellman, cruise crew, hotel house keeping staff (this one is often overlooked), car attendants, airport shuttle drivers etc...anytime someone provides you with a service, it is appropriate to tip according to the level of service. Click here for a great read on tipping in the USA.
To make it a bit easier for you, here is a list of 12-countries where you are not expected to tip;
Remember to rely on your Travel Advisor for instructions and information for the country to which you are traveling and remember the Golden Rule:
"When in doubt AND you received exceptional service....TIP!!!!"