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Exploring tipping norms worldwide: where to tip and where it's frowned upon

Discover where and how much to tip (or not) around the world.

As summer approaches, many Canadians are gearing up for international travel. Whether you're headed to North America, Asia, Europe, or beyond, understanding tipping etiquette can enhance your travel experience.

HelloSafe, a trusted platform for comparing financial products in Canada, has unveiled an interactive map highlighting tipping norms globally. Here's what you need to know:

Tipping Trends by Region

North America:

  • In the United States, tipping around 20% is customary, especially in restaurants where it often serves as a significant part of waitstaff income.
  • Canada follows a similar range, with tips typically falling between 15% and 20%.


  • Tipping can be frowned upon or even considered rude in many Asian countries due to cultural norms or alternative compensation structures.


  • Many European countries include service charges in the bill, eliminating the need for additional tips. This includes popular destinations like France, Spain, Italy, and Germany.
  • Tipping customs vary widely across Europe. While tipping is often optional, it's generally recommended in countries where it's not included in the bill.

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Tipping Hotspots

United States:

  • Expect to leave around 20% tip at restaurants in the US, as it's a standard practice and a vital income source for servers.

Canada and Mexico:

  • In Canada, tipping ranges from 15% to 20%, mirroring the US practice. Mexico also falls in the 15% tipping range.

Qatar and UAE:

  • Tipping is expected, with percentages typically around 10% to 15% of the total bill.

By understanding and adhering to local tipping norms, travellers can show appreciation for excellent service while navigating cultural differences respectfully. HelloSafe's interactive map serves as a valuable tool for travellers seeking to enhance their global experiences this summer.