How to Get the Most Value For Your Tips

Tipping for services rendered while you’re traveling is customary in the U.S., but not so much in countries like Japan and Brazil, among others. But if you’re traveling to distant lands — or even to a different U.S. state — this summer, it’s helpful to know a few rules of the road when it comes to gratuities.

Start with these tips to manage your gratuity needs when traveling this summer.

Know the appropriate tipping ranges. The average tip for a sit-down meal in the U.S. still stands at between 15% and20%. For taxis and Uber  (UBER) – Get Uber Technologies, Inc. Report rides, tipping amounts vary due to mileage and total costs. One study from The National Bureau of Economic Research shows that the average tip for an Uber ride is $3.