Alright, let's just say the thing we're not meant to say. Sometimes, tipping sucks. Like, when the barista sighs and rolls his eyes when you ask about non-dairy milk alternatives. Or when the server forgets to bring your sauce ON THE SIDE, ruining your entire eggs benny. Why does this service deserve a tip? But sure enough, when the iPad spins around with tip suggestions, you select the dang 15 percent button, scribble your illegible autograph, and leave feeling you’ve done your civic duty.

But in other countries, you needn't tip at all (unless it's seriously good). Regardless of the service, not tipping may feel weird at first, but it's already accounted for in wages, unlike in North America. There's no obligatory add on, no guilt trip, nothing, just a clear-cut transaction. For tip-free, hassle-free destinations, here are six of the best.


Tip lowdown: Never tip

Whether you’re scaling Tokyo’s skyscrapers or Mount Fuji, Japan is a non-stop feast for the senses with some of the best service in the world. The artistry alone of the delicious sushi will make you want to throw your yen down on the table with glee. Definitely don’t do this, because it could be taken as insult — good service is the standard in Japan. Tipping someone who works at tourism type of company is considered acceptable, but make sure you place the tip inside an envelope as handing over cash straight from your pocket is totally rude. Or skip the tipping tension altogether, head off to an onsen (hot spring), and treat yourself with some tip-free relaxation.


Tip lowdown: Never tip

Singapore is a shopping mecca, so fashionistas and splurgers will have a field day in its legendary malls boasting everything from couture to electronics. All that retail time will make a gal ravenous, and the good news is you can hang onto your Singapore dollars after chowing down on some street food. Tipping isn’t customary — and is even discouraged — unless we’re talking about your bellhop who will be grateful for a tip of 1SIN-2SIN per bag. At restaurants there’s usually a 10% service charge added to your bill, and if you do decide to tip, that money will likely go straight to the restaurant...NOT your server. So go back and buy that Prada handbag...the tip savings totally covers it. And in the time you save from not tipping, you should totally spend exploring the lush, nearby Southern Islands.


Tip lowdown: Usually included

When your feet are raw from dancing till dawn, you’ll be thankful for that gyro soaking up all those Ouzotinis (a cocktail with Greek liquor, FYI). Though gratuity is usually included in restaurants (be on the lookout for service charge or rounding up on your check), leaving a Euro for the brilliant guy in the kitchen saving you from an epic hangover is a classy thing to do. How much you tip in Greece really all depends on the type and quality of service, so if you get shitty service, don’t feel like you have to leave a tip — and when someone gets it right, treat them right in return. Wages can be fairly low in Greece, so tips are appreciated when they are well-deserved. Pat yourself on the back if you do give one by continuing your epic island hopping tour – helloooo Mykonos!


Tip lowdown: Usually included

We love the UK for its dry humor and unmatched pub culture. The cost of basically everything (well, in London) is pretty insane, but unlike in the States, where waiters are paid below minimum wage, tips are factored into the wages of servers in the UK. At restaurants check your bill to see if a service charge is included, if not then tip 10% or so, but only for good service. One or two pounds (about the same in USD) per bag is pretty standard for the porter when you’re staying at a posh hotel. When in doubt, use discretion when tipping to avoid any sort of unnecessary showiness of gratitude. The good news is, tips aren’t expected at bars, clubs, and pubs, so spend your pounds on pints i.e. where they belong.


Tip lowdown: Only for great service

With the array of nightlife and nature-filled options down in Australia, you’re guaranteed to have the time of your life. Tipping down under isn’t the usual, and 20 years ago servers risked being fired for accepting tips. Workers in tourism don’t depend on tips since they do pretty well, but if you feel the situation merits a little somethin’-somethin’, then you can leave a small tip. So, prioritize sipping goon (boxed wine), and only tip for stellar service at a restaurant. Doesn’t matter if your bartender’s accent is swoon-worthy — if the service sucks, that’s more Australian dollars for renting SUPs with your friends whilst sweating out the booze. That's the doctor’s orders, plus a cheeky trip to the Whitsundays.


Tip lowdown: Only for great service

You’ll fall in madly in love with Brazil, somewhere between watching the sunset with the locals and chasing the samba scene until sunrise. The nightlife is as beautiful as the people, and the rhythm is sure to enchant you. But don’t get too swept up by your sultry surroundings — if you’re not thrilled with the service, you don't have to tip. 10% is typically included in the bill for "serviço” anyway, so you’re not hurting the restaurant. At the end of the day Brazilians are pretty discreet about anything related to biz — meaning, if you do tip, it needs to be slick. If you’re the kind of traveler that’s going to drop money all over the floor during the transaction, hang onto your Brazilian Real for another round at the next party spot, which is probably in the street.

Wondering about tipping etiquette for your upcoming trip? Check out this nifty guide that breaks it down.