2 Travel Surprises That Differ From Home
Part of the great attraction of international travel is in having experiences that differ from those at home. Tipping around the world - Toilets around the world
One would hope that most travel experiences would be enjoyable, however an unprepared traveller can easily come unstuck if unaware of either of the following examples. Prior knowledge will help you overcome the following challenges seamlessly. In the unlikely event of further hiccups, your travel insurance will have you covered.
Tipping - Tipping Around The World
Australia doesn't have a culture of tipping. While it is appreciated, it is not normally expected. In places like the United States of America however, it is expected. With minimum labour rates that are much lower than those of Australia, US citizens in service industries often rely on tips just to make ends meet.
Each country where tipping is commonplace may have different protocols. For example, in some locations a minimum of ten percent of a bill may be required. To the traveller not used to tipping, this leaves them in a quandary. How much is an appropriate amount to tip? Tip too little and you may cause offense, but tip too much and you may later feel foolish when you discover the going rate.
It's worthwhile reading up in advance on what each place's tipping customs are prior to arriving. One can also speak to impartial locals about what sort of tip may be appropriate. That way one can give a fair tip, and contribute to the livelihood of those serving you while on holiday.
Toilets - Toilet Facilities Around The World
Answering the call of nature is certainly not a pleasant way to find trouble due to ignorance. In many places convenient public toilets or nearby fast food restaurant toilets are available. Unfortunately this is not always the case. Some nations are decidedly short of public conveniences, and global fast food chains in many countries actually don't have restrooms, requiring their customers to find relief elsewhere.
In other cases, toilet use is conditional upon a sales receipt (sometimes with a password for the restroom combination lock!). Queuing for a drink behind five people is no solution when one is in a rush!
It is beneficial to keep some spare change handy in certain places, as toilets in some countries may be available, but require a fee for use. Even as a customer, one might sometimes still be expected to fork out extra cash for the privilege of using their extra amenities. The Netherlands is one example where internet usage at internet cafes does not entitle patrons free usage of other critical facilities! The colloquialism of "spending a penny" still has some literal relevance today.
Other issues may include the lack of toilet paper, common in some developing countries. It's worthwhile keeping a roll, or at least some tissues on hand when out and about for the day.
Be prepared for these two issues to avoid unpleasant surprises on holiday. Being ready in advance should help you steer clear of any trouble and allow you to continue enjoying your break. While not usually in the domain of restrooms and tipping etiquette, cheap travel insurance should also keep you out of trouble.
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