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I usually tip 20% here in the U.S. Last year I was traveling in the UK and Spain with my English friend who now lives in Spain. She said that U.S. standards of tipping are seen as excessive there. She would tell me what to tip and it was usually a pound or a euro, just a small amount of money. Is this correct? This year we'll be traveling in France. Any tips for tipping there? Thanks.
Hi Waterlover (I'm an avid boater myself),
That is correct, 20 percent can be excessive according to European standards. If you're at a cafe or restaurant in France, between 5 and 10 percent is plenty. In some cases, gratuity may already be included (read the fine print!) so no additional tip is necessary unless you want to leave another euro or two for exceptional service.
In a hotel, a euro or two per night for the maid, and two per bag for the bellhop is acceptable.
Thanks and let me know how your trip goes.