Travel Tips on Dining
Chinese Eating Etiquette NEW
- Are you dying
to try a popular (but expensive) restaurant, but worried what it
will do to your budget? The solution is to go for lunch rather than
dinner. The price will be lower, and as an added bonus youíll have
the rest of the day to walk off the big meal.
- If you are
invited to a traditional restaurant, expect your Japanese host to
order for you. You can indicate what you like beforehand if you have
a preference, but otherwise just trust their judgment.
- Donít be
wasteful, but you should leave a small amount of food on your plate
when dining with Japanese hosts. This lets them know you are full,
and that the meal was sufficient.
- Tipping is
unnecessary in a Japanese restaurant, as your bill will most likely
include a service charge.
- Look for hotels
and B&Bs that include breakfast in the cost of the room. Not only
will this speed your morning along, you can save your money for a
more tasty meal later in the day.
- If you are
dining alone or with just a couple of friends, some small German
restaurants may require you to join some other diners at their
table. Just go ahead with your meal as if you were at your own
- A tip of 10% is
considered sufficient for German restaurants and taxis. You can
leave more for exceptional service.
- In Spain, some
restaurants will drop your bill by 10-20% if you eat at the bar
rather than at a table.
- Spaniards are
very social, and spend a lot of time in cafes and bars. To match
their eating schedule, eat a light breakfast, a small snack around
11 a.m., a late lunch (1:30-4), a snack around 7 or 8 p.m., then a
light dinner around 10 p.m.
- Don't count on
airline food for your meal. There could be turbulence that causes
the meal to be delayed or cancelled. Carry some nutritious snacks
onto the plane just in case.
- Even if
you're not on a restricted diet, consider requesting one of the
special meal choices when flying. These are often tastier than
standard meals, and are made with more care. Call the airline at
least 24 hours ahead of time to order, and confirm your request at