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30 2013

Survey: Americans Among World’s Top Tippers

Do you tip on vacation? If so, you’re in line with just about every American traveler. According to TripAdvisor’s annual tipping survey of more than 9,000 respondents (1,600 in the U.S.), 99% of Americans tip on vacation. Of the group, 57% always do and 21% even feel guilty if they don’t.


This isn’t to say that Americans are the only ones leaving tips. Although among seven other countries, an average 43% of travelers always tipped, 59% of Germans said that they always tip – the highest of any country. Russians were next on the list at 53%, while less than half of Brazilians, French, Brits, Spanish, and Italians said they always tip.


The high U.S. numbers may not surprise many as tipping is a cultural norm in the States and U.S. travelers tend to take their customs with them. But only a fraction (16%) of Americans surveyed said they always feel informed on how much to leave. To help be informed, most turn to travel guides, online reviews, and online forums. Only a little over a quarter get the lowdown from the locals.


Do you have any tips for tipping on vacation? Comment and let other travelers know.

Categories: TripAdvisor News

3 thoughts on “Survey: Americans Among World’s Top Tippers

  1. As a guesthouse owner I always tip where the service is good and in South Africa it is mostly always the norm. Thanks to our guests for tipping the room servants who are responsible for attending to their rooms on a daily basis. Warm regards to all the Tippers from At Whale-Phin Guest House in Reebok, Mossel Bay, South Africa.

  2. I have to disagree – not sure how Germans got rated as top tippers, but I’ve waited on LOTS of German tourists in various cities, and find them to be among the worst, at maybe 5-10% tip, whereas most Europeans tip at least 10% (which is still not great, but I’ve learned to live with it). This goes for anything from Tiki bar to fine dining.

  3. I always tip 5 to 20% ,depend what and where ,food or drinks or car repear or s.e.
    Not agree that germans are good tipper….americans are #1 and it is kind of kulture and mantality

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