How to Tip Around the World

Tipping can be a controversial topic, since whether or not you should tip, and how much, depends on who you ask. Therefore, consider this a general guideline, keeping in mind that there are no hard and fast rules in many countries.

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Pacific Resort Aitutaki (Aitutaki, Cook Islands)

Pacific Resort Aitutaki (Aitutaki, Cook Islands)

Swimsuit models Kate Upton, Nina Agdal, Chrissy Teigen and Lily Aldridge headed to Aitutaki in the Cook Islands for their exotic photo shoot in the Sports Illustrated 2014 Swimsuit Edition. Stay at the Pacific Resort Aitutaki, which has 27 bungalows, villas and suites that face the atoll’s lagoon. 960 1280

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St. Lucia

St. Lucia

One of the Windward Islands in the Caribbean Sea, St. Lucia is home to lush rainforests and Sugar Beach that served as the backdrop for body-paint swimsuit models Emily Ratajkowski, Cris Urena, Samantha Hoopes, Hannah Ferguson and Lauren Mellor. These women stayed at The Residences at Sugar Beach, a sugar plantation that just underwent a $100 million renovation. Try one of the 6 restaurants and bars on the beach. According to Emily, you can stake out your own location with a chef who will prepare a personalized menu and a rummelier who will guide you through your options for rum. 960 1280

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G-Force One (Cape Canaveral, Florida)

G-Force One (Cape Canaveral, Florida)

Get your chance to be like buoyant, beautiful Kate Upton. Climb aboard the G-Force One in Cape Canaveral, FL, for a weightless adventure. This isn’t a trip for a budget traveler. Plan on spending at least $5,000 for this amazing, out-of-this-world experience. 960 1280

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Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil

Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil

Visit Lençóis Maranhenses, a 600-square-mile national park in northeastern Brazil. Although it looks like a desert, the park is actually located in the Amazon Basin, where the region gets lots of rain that collects to form lush lagoons. Enjoy the panoramic views in a 4-wheeler and stay at the Gran Solare Lençóis Resort in the nearby city of Barreirinhas like models Valerie van der Graaf, Anne V, Emily Didonato, Natasha Barnard and Bregje Heinen did. 960 1280

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Guana Island

Guana Island

Go where gold-medal soccer player Alex Morgan, WNBA star Skylar Diggins and world-class surfer Kate Swim went. Guana Island is an 850-acre, family-run private island resort in the British Virgin Islands. Outdoor enthusiasts will fall in love with this wildlife sanctuary, home to 50 species of animals and a dozen hiking trails. The island has 19 cottages and villas and access to 7 beaches. Luxe travelers can rent the entire island for $22,000 a day. 960 1280

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Nosy Be, Madagascar

Nosy Be, Madagascar

Just off the southeastern coast of Africa, Madagascar was uncharted territory for the swimsuit crew. So they decided to use Nosy Be, the most popular tourist destination on the island country, as one of their coveted locations. Royal Beach has several outdoor activities for tourists, including snorkeling and big-game fishing. And if you’re famished after spending time on the beach, go dining on Iranja where most restaurants serve traditional, local cuisine, according to model Chanel Iman. 960 1280

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Cape May and Congress Hall, New Jersey

Cape May and Congress Hall, New Jersey

The All-American destination Jersey Shore was featured in the Sports Illustrated 2014 Swimsuit Edition to show that beauty still exists even after the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Gigi Hadid and Sara Sampai struck several sexy poses in Cape May, NJ, and stayed at Congress Hall, the oldest seaside resort in the US. 960 1280

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Grand Hotel Zermatterhof (Zermatt, Switzerland)

Grand Hotel Zermatterhof (Zermatt, Switzerland)

Ariel Meredith, Genevieve Morton and Kate Bock stayed at the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof, a 135-year-old resort that sits at the foot of the Matterhorn in Switzerland. Be prepared for life at a slower pace; no gasoline-powered cars are allowed, so guests get around in a horse-drawn carriage. 960 1280

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Lake Geneva (Montreux-Vevey, Switzerland)

Lake Geneva (Montreux-Vevey, Switzerland)

Switzerland’s Lake Geneva was chosen as a photo shoot location because the Alpine views were a change of pace from the beach locations. Model Kate Bock climbed aboard a sailboat and drifted out onto the picturesque lake where the Sports Illustrated crew captured her beauty and the beauty of her natural surroundings. 960 1280

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Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Take a journey to the Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, an archipelago of 15 islands in Polynesia about 2,000 miles northeast of New Zealand. The seafood here is so fresh that Chrissy Teigen prepared fresh-caught tuna for lunch. If prepared meals are more your speed, try Island Night at the Pacific Resort Aitutaki. Dinner is accompanied by local dancers, drummers and musicians. 960 1280

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Israel: Sukkot

Israel: Sukkot

Sukkot (Feast of Booths or Feast of Tabernacles) is a biblical holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei, which is between late September and late October. On this special occasion, Jewish people reflect on how the Israelites felt during their 40 years of travel in the desert after the exodus from slavery in Egypt, as referenced in the Bible. The 7-day tradition includes special prayer services and holiday meals. 960 1280

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Canada: Jour de l'Action de Grâce

Canada: Jour de l'Action de Grâce

Canadians celebrate Jour de l'Action de Grâce, aka Thanksgiving Day, on the second Monday in October. Similar to the American Thanksgiving, people in Canada reserve this time to celebrate the harvest and other blessing of the past year. And Canucks enjoy a good feast, too. During the holiday weekend, most families have the big Thanksgiving meal on Sunday or on Monday. 960 1280

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Korea: Chuseok

Korea: Chuseok

Chuseok, a major harvest festival and 3-day holiday in Korea, is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. Koreans return to their hometowns to perform traditional rituals in the morning to remember their ancestors. Family members also visit and clean up the area around the tombs of their immediate ancestors, before offering food, drink and crops to their lost loved ones.  Japchae, bulgogi and songpyeon (a crescent-shaped rice cake) are popular foods prepared during the holiday. 960 1280

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Vietnam: Tết Trung Thu Festival

Vietnam: Tết Trung Thu Festival

In Vietnam, people celebrate the Tết Trung Thu Festival (Mid-Autumn Festival) in September or in early October. This fall celebration is also known as the Children’s Festival. The Vietnamese believe children are symbols of innocence and purity -- the closest connection to the sacred and natural world. Children light lanterns and perform lion dances as part of the celebration. This is the second most important holiday tradition in Vietnam. 960 1280

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UK: London's Harvest Festival

UK: London's Harvest Festival

Locals and tourists with “green thumbs” converge on London to stroll through the city’s Harvest Festival in October. Organized by the Royal Horticultural Society, this festival has several fun activities including the Fruit & Vegetable Competition, which highlights the UK’s best growers and their best produce. Gardening tips, apple tasting and a giant pumpkin contest are other featured events held during the 2-day festival. 960 1280

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Ghana: Homowo Festival

Ghana: Homowo Festival

Ga people celebrate Homowo, a festival to commemorate the pre-colonial famine that occurred in Ghana. The festival starts in May during the planting of the crops -- just before the rainy season begins. The celebration includes marching in the streets with drums, face painting, singing and performing traditional dances, like the Kpanlogo. 960 1280

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Germany: Erntedankfest

Germany: Erntedankfest

Although it’s not an official holiday, Germans celebrate Erntedankfest (The Harvest of Thanks) on the first Sunday in October. Usually a church-organized celebration, this harvest festival includes several fun activities including a Thanksgiving parade and carnival with elaborate decorations made from harvested fruits and vegetables. 960 1280

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China: August Moon Festival

China: August Moon Festival

Celebrated in China, the August Moon Festival is a 1,000-year-old tradition for the Chinese to reflect on the bounty of the summer harvest, the fullness of the moon and the myth of the immortal goddess, Chang O, who lives in the moon. Millions of Mooncakes -- flaky, round, semi-sweet pastries -- are given as gifts during this celebration. The festival is often thought of as “Chinese Thanksgiving” because of its spirit of gratitude and abundant food. 960 1280

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India: Pongal

India: Pongal

Pongal is a 4-day festival celebrated January 12th through the 15th, to mark the beginning of the end of the winter season in India. The second day, Surya Pongal, is the most important day of the festival. On this day, people throw their old clothes into the fire, have an oil massage and then wear new clothes, to worship Surya, the sun god. During the festival, cattle are bathed, dressed and served pongal (rice boiled in milk), women of the house perform puja for the prosperity of their brothers, and families decorate their floor with decorative patterns using rice flour. 960 1280

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Barbados: Crop Over

Barbados: Crop Over

The Crop Over, a traditional harvest festival in Barbados, features singing, dancing, climbing a greased pole, feasting, drinking competitions and a calypso music competition. The celebration starts in June and ends on the first Monday in August. With street parties, craft markets, food tents, Crop Over has evolved into Barbados’ biggest national festival -- similar to Carnival in Brazil and Trinidad. 960 1280

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Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge

Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge

The impressive Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge not only offers a beautiful drive across the Cooper River, it also makes for a nice walk or bike ride in the early-morning and late-evening hours. 960 1280

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Isle of Palms

Isle of Palms

A popular destination for many visitors and residents in Charleston is the Isle of Palms, which offers plenty of vacation rentals. Only about 25 minutes from downtown Charleston, it is a great spot for a quick walk on the beach -- and you’ll be back just in time for dinner. 960 1280

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Charleston City Market

Charleston City Market

Situated along the “beaten path” -- but still definitely worth a visit -- is the Charleston City Market. Go shopping for handmade baskets, Southern spices and more. 960 1280

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Fort Sumter National Monument

Fort Sumter National Monument

The monument marking the official location of the start of the Civil War is accessible via ferry from downtown Charleston or Mount Pleasant. 960 1280

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Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon

Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon

This is a must-see in Charleston. Take a tour and learn all about the rich history of the site, where President Washington greeted locals, assemblies were held in the 18th century and a prison operated during the American Revolution. 960 1280

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Charleston Farmers Market

Charleston Farmers Market

Located in Marion Square, the Charleston Farmers Market is open every Saturday from early April through mid-December. The market sells fresh produce and specialty items, including homemade candles, textiles and jewelry. Local vendors serve breakfast and lunch.  960 1280

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Battery Park

Battery Park

So-called Battery Park, aka White Point Garden, is a bucket-list item for all Charleston visitors. Cornered by the Cooper River on 1 side and the Ashley River on another, it is home to gorgeous Southern mansions, as well as American Revolution and Civil War history. 960 1280

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Belmond Charleston Place

Belmond Charleston Place

Belmond Charleston Place is a luxurious hotel option for those visiting the city. It includes wonderful dining options, such as the Charleston Grill and the Palmetto Cafe, as well as high-end shopping. 960 1280

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King Street

King Street

The place to be in Charleston is King Street, where much of the action occurs between Calhoun and Market streets. The area is home to a handful of cute boutiques, mainstream shops and mom-and-pop restaurants.

 

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Hyman’s Seafood Restaurant

Hyman’s Seafood Restaurant

A favorite among out-of-towners, Hyman’s Seafood is a great place for low-country cuisine. Be prepared for a long wait to be seated — not uncommon for several restaurants in Charleston. 960 1280

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South Carolina Aquarium

South Carolina Aquarium

This attraction on Charleston Harbor is a wonderful stop for the family. See the renovated Saltmarsh Aviary; the Coastal Plain exhibit, which houses a rare albino alligator; and a 4-D adventure theater.  960 1280

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Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry

Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry

Located in downtown Charleston, this museum is a must for the kids. Children ages 10 and under interact with 9 hands-on, interactive exhibits, including a “true-to-size” grocery store. 960 1280

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Rainbow Row

Rainbow Row

Established in the 1700s, the area now known as “Rainbow Row” was the center of Charleston’s commerce district. Today, it’s all residential, but it’s a beautiful place to see before you leave the city. 960 1280

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Colonial Lake

Colonial Lake

Explore historical Charleston in a mini coach to see sights such as Rainbow Row, the Joseph Manigault House and Colonial Lake (pictured). The tidal pond with walkways is a popular park area and hangout for locals. 960 1280

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Folly Beach

Folly Beach

Take a private charter from Charleston and sail to Morris Island and Folly Island. And don’t forget to make a stop to visit quaint Folly Beach to enjoy sun, sand, fishing and a leisurely stroll along the pier. 960 1280

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Joseph Manigault House

Joseph Manigault House

Take a step back in time at the Joseph Manigault House, one of Charleston’s most fascinating antebellum homes. Built in 1803, this residence was the home of a wealthy rice-planting family and its African-American slaves. Gabriel Manigault designed the home for his brother, and most of its rooms have been restored to their original color schemes, with furniture dating back to the early 19th century. 960 1280

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