Tipping Customs in Other Countries – What Are They, And Why Are They Different?

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Visitors to the USA are often surprised by how many types of workers it is customary to tip, and how much of a tip is considered appropriate. It can also work the other way, with American travelers over tipping almost to the point of causing confusion or offense in other countries. It is always a good idea to research the etiquette for things like tipping in countries you plan to visit, so you can avoid any social embarrassment. However, you may also be wondering why standard tipping protocols tend to be different in other countries. Are people just less generous? Are the workers in service roles just less appreciated in those countries?

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How to Cater for a Family Gathering – with Only One Day’s Notice!

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Families: love them or hate them, there are often occasions where everyone gets together to celebrate or commiserate and some poor sap has to provide the food and do most of the hard work. Maybe your Great Aunt Cecilia is in town and you were volunteered to provide the food for a family get-together; or maybe it’s your parent’s wedding anniversary and yours is the only house large enough to host the party.

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