The United States is a country that operates differently from most European nations. It is a place where people use a different system of weight and temperature measurements, drive on the opposite side of the roads, and tell time using different numbers. When traveling abroad, it is important to take into account the subtle nuisances and cultural variances that change from country to country. Tipping is a notion that is commonly used in the U.S. but not culturally significant in most European nations. When sailing Turkey, it is important to learn the tipping customs, in order to seem polite and appreciative while traveling.
The general rule of thumb for tipping in Turkey is a service standard of 5 to 10 percent. In the states, the average is 15 to 20 percent (this inflation is based on the fact that waiters make very low wages that are under state minimums). The workers use the tips to subsidize their income to make a more livable payout. In Turkey, the waiters are paid higher on an hourly basis to make up for the weaker tips. Restaurants and hotels are the two primary industries where tipping is acceptable. Most Turks do not tip their cab driver, but will simply round up the fare.