With the holiday season looming, here's your guide to avoiding tipping mistakes while living it up in these 19 countries

Knowing the rules surrounding tipping is a real minefield when on holiday.....should we give 10%, would a big tip offend? Here's a quick guide for destinations around the globe.

By Martin Hutton
Thursday, 23rd May 2019, 11:08 am
Tipping can be tricky to manage
Tipping can be tricky to manage

The legwork has been done by travel experts from MyBaggage.com to help Brits abroad avoid falling foul of local culture norms.

Gratuities can often make up a significant share of an American employed in a service industrys total salary, so its expected that both tourists and locals should tip waiters and waitresses, taxi drivers, porters, tour guides and others 15 to 20 per cent of your total bill.
Spain is one of many EU countries that typically add service charges to bills, so tipping isnt expected or customary, but will still be viewed as a kind and generous display of appreciation for exceptional service.
Its customary for Brazilian restaurants to charge diners a ten per cent service fee, but an unexpected additional five to ten per cent in cash will be gratefully received by servers who might not always receive their cut but keep it subtle, as Brazilians prefer to be discreet when conducting business.
Tips in Japan will often be politely refused by service staff and it may even be considered insulting to offer a gratuity in some cases, as strict Japanese cultural expectations are that good service should simply be a normal part of life rather than something to be rewarded.
A cubierto, or sit-down charge, will often be include in the bill at a Chilean restaurant and is usually ten per cent, so staff wont expect an additional tip but would still be grateful for a small show of gratuity in cash.
Emirati cities like Dubai require a ten per cent service charge be added to restaurant bills, but staff will still expect an additional 15 to 20 per cent tip to be gifted as a token of gratuity for their work.
Tipping is usually deemed unnecessary when using local service across China, but some high-end restaurants and tourist hotels will accept small, appreciative tips such as rounding up the bill.
Croatian tipping custom is for change to be left at bars, three to five per cent to be given at casual eating establishments and ten to 15 percent in gratuity at a more plush restaurant a nice round amount such as a fiver or tenner will be appreciated as a gesture of thanks by other service staff.
Waiting staff in South Africa will typically expect to receive ten to 15 per cent of a total bill as a minimum gratuity in return for good service.
Similar to the UK and Ireland, theres no strong tipping culture in Germany if theres no charge on the bill, bartenders, drivers and waiters will appreciate a rounded-up bill or be thankful for a tip of five to ten per cent.
The influx of tourism to south east Asia means than many Thai service staff are more open to receiving tips now than in the past, but its still not expected so its not a huge problem if you forget to leave one.
Restaurants, bars and cafs will generally include a service charge in France, so a large tip is unnecessary unless you feel compelled to leave one as a thank you for the quality of your experience.
Tipping isnt a regular practice in Italy, but its common for generous and appreciative tourists to round up their bill as a cash thanks to servers who wont always receive the coperto, or cover charge.
Taxi drivers and restaurant or hotel staff in Russia will be grateful to directly receive a ten per cent tip in cash that management cant get their hands on and to supplement low wages, but an accompanying note of thanks will usually be equally appreciated too.
Indian waiters and waitresses will appreciate a small cash tip, whilst other staff in service industries will be grateful if you tell them to keep the change.
Australian tipping culture is the same as in the UK its not expected, but ten per cent or a rounded-up bill will be appreciated where a service charge isnt included.
A tip will generally be included in the bill at an Egyptian restaurant, but its customary for tourists to leave between five and ten per cent as an additional cash gratuity to the servers who will often prefer pounds, dollars or euros to local currency.
Mexican servers in restaurants and elsewhere will often rely on tips to supplement their income, like in the USA, but are used to smaller gratuities of typically ten to 15 per cent.
Dutch law requires establishment to include tips in their published prices, but locals and tourists will often still say keep the change or leave a tip, or fooi, when good service is received in the Netherlands.