#7: Tipping Expectations Can Be Confusing
Even Americans admit to being confused about the tipping expectations in the US. However, as a general rule of thumb, a tip of 15-20% is expected (and appreciated!) to recognize good service by servers at sit-down restaurants, bartenders, hairdressers, taxi/Uber/Lyft drivers, massage therapists, and other workers in the service industry. If someone helps you with your bags at a hotel, you might also give them a few dollars. Additionally, if you’re ordering coffee at a local shop, a tip of a dollar or two is always appreciated.
Again, even in America, the official tipping “rules” are often debated. In general, though, those in the US tip more often than you’ll see in Europe.
In the UK, tipping rules vary as well, although some restaurants may include a service charge on your bill. If so, there’s no need to leave a tip. Otherwise, a 10% tip would be considered normal. At a pub, it’s less common to leave a tip and more common to offer to buy the bartender a beer, which they can just tack on to your bill. For taxi drivers, you might round up to the nearest pound or tack on an extra 10-15% if you received exceptional service.
When it doubt, grab someone and ask. It’s the effort and the interest in getting it right that matter most!