Subscribe Now

travelers today

Home » News

American Travelers Are Among the World's Best Tippers

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: May 29, 2013 09:25 AM EDT

Text Size: A A A

Wallet with money
The government shutdown has caused a delay in tax season.(Photo : Flickr)

Americans are among the world's best tippers according to a new survey from TripAdvisor.

The travel site conducted a survey of 9,000 respondent, 1,600 of which were from the U.S and asked them about their tipping behavior. According to the survey, 99 percent of Americans leave a tip on vacation. Of the American respondents 57 percent said they always leave a tip while traveling, while an average of 43 percent do from other countries.

"Tipping is a cultural norm in the States and U.S. travelers have a tendency to take their customs on the road whether they are on American soil or traveling abroad," said Brooke Ferencsik , director of communications at TripAdvisor.

Share This Story

TripAdvisor asked travelers around the world how likely they are to leave a tip on a trip. The travel site surveyed respondents in eight countries around the world including the U.S., U.K., France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Russia, and Brazil.

Here are the nationalities that said that they always tip on vacation.

  1. Germans - 69%
  2. Americans - 57%
  3. Russians - 53%
  4. Brazilians - 40%
  5. French - 39%
  6. Brits - 39%
  7. Spanish - 36%
  8. Italians - 23%

 

The site went into more detail on U.S. tipping trends. They found that 59 percent of U.S. respondents will leave a tip when staff goes beyond expectations. The respondents were asked what would encourage them to leave a tip at a hotel or restaurant. Travelers listed the se factors as the main reason they would tip staff.

Helpfulness of service, friendliness of service and politeness of service, in that order, are the top reasons they would trip at a hotel. At a restaurant, the top reasons were friendliness of service, politeness of service and helpfulness of service.

The tipping rules may vary by country so travelers turned to certain sources to determine if they should tip and how much depending on where they went. Of the respondents, only 16 percent said they always feel they are informed on how much to leave. The become better informed, 73 percent use reference travel guides, 48 percent read online reviews, 46 percent check online forums, 35 percent ask friends and family who have been to the country and 26 percent simply ask the locals.

When trying to figure out a tip, 85 percent said they calculate it in their head, 18 percent use a smartphone and seven percent use a tip conversion sheet.

 

© 2015 Traverlers Today, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Join Our Conversation

Travel Tips

Kas, Turkey

Things to Consider While Planning the Perfect Summer Adventure

It is difficult to figure out where to go when there are so many amazing and breathtaking places around the globe to choose from. But there are a couple of important qualifications that can help narrow down the options: safety, weather, and expense.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Receive the latest travel news, reviews, and more..

Want more Travel?

Most Popular

Jodi Arias Update

Jodi Arias UPDATE: Convicted Murderer To Live In Prison For Life Without Any Chance Of Parole

Jodi Arias’ latest update reveals that the convicted killer is getting a sentence of natural life in prison with no chance of parole. Now that the sentence has been given, the 2008 murder case that made headlines for its salacious details is finally closed.

No reports of injury after a magnitude 3.5 quake in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Earthquake: 3.5 Magnitude Quake Shakes West Los Angeles Five Hours After Smaller Quake, Due To Drilling?

Los Angeles Earthquake – On Sunday night, the U.S. Geological Survey reported that a magnitude 3.5 earthquake shook the Baldwin Hills section of Los Angeles. Residents on social media described the recent Los Angeles earthquake as a “quick jolt.”

Collegiate rowing team gets attacked by Asian carp

Asian Carp Attacks Rowers, Flies Towards Them?

Asian Carp Attack – Early Friday morning, the Washington University in St. Louis freshman men's rowing team experienced an unexpected scene with a swarm of Asian carp. The Asian Carp attack occurred as swarm flew out of the water and seemingly attacked, or to be more specific, slapped them in the face.

20 sleeping dam workers were killed Balochistan, Pakistan

Dam Workers Killed: 20 Sleeping Workers Gunned By 40 Men In Pakistan

Dam Workers Killed – Early Saturday, gunmen in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province shot and killed at least 20 sleeping workers, while wounding three at a dam construction site. The attack which had the dam workers killed is now considered the deadliest attack in recent times which targeted civilians in a region with low-level insurgency.

Disturbing video shows horse thief being beaten by police in California

Horse Thief Beaten By Police: Shocking Footage Shows 11 Officers Brutally Beating Thief, Gets Internal Investigation

Horse Thief Beaten By Police – A video showing more than ten deputies beating and kicking a suspected horse thief is making headlines. The footage of the showing the horse thief beaten by police has been recorded by an NBC Los Angeles helicopter Thursday, and it lasts for about two minutes.

Six Thais, one Italian injured in car bomb blast on Thailand's Samui island

Thailand Car Bomb Explosion: Injures 7 In Popular Resort Island, Act Of Islamic Insurgency?

Thailand Car Bomb Explosion – On Friday, a bomb exploded at the Central Festival shopping mall in Samui Island in Surat Thani province, one of the country’s popular resort islands. The Thailand car bomb explosion, which went off in the basement of the mall after a fashion show at 11:30 p.m., injured seven people, according to authorities.

7 died in a plane crash near Bloomington, IL while returning home from NCAA championship game

Bloomington, Il Plane Crash: 7 Dead While Returning From NCAA Tournament, NTSB Investigating

Bloomington, Il Plane Crash – Seven people died after a small plane crash in McLean County, Illinois, near the Bloomington airport Tuesday while on its way home from the NCAA basketball tournament in Indianapolis. Authorities said that two members of Illinois State University's athletic department were amongst those killed in the Bloomington, Il plane crash.

Dozens arrested as violence erupts at Kentucky's basketball celebration

Lexington Fans Arrested: Wildcat Fans Rampage Over Loss, 31 Arrests Made

Lexington Fans Arrested – Following the loss of Wildcats to the Badgers, a number of Wildcat fans were left bewildered over the loss. However, some fans were quite enraged that they took their rage literally with a number of fires spread in the University of Kentucky’s Lexington Campus.

Caribbean Beach

Delaware Family Pesticide: Family In Critical Condition Following Alleged Pesticide Poisoning At Caribbean Resort

Delaware Family Pesticide – What should have been a safe and enjoyable Caribbean getaway turned out to be a deadly one. A family from Delaware is in serious condition following an alleged pesticide poisoning at the Sirenusa Resort on St. John in the US Virgin Islands.

Find Us on Facebook

travelers today

© Copyright 2015 Travelers Today All Rights Reserved.

Subscribe to our newsletter