Countries with the biggest travel budgets and stingiest tippers

A wide-sweeping survey suggests that New Zealanders are the most miserly tippers, while Mexicans...

A wide-sweeping survey suggests that New Zealanders are the most miserly tippers, while Mexicans are the most conscientious. (Monkey Business Images/shutterstock.com)

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New Zealand globetrotters have emerged as the most miserly tippers while Japanese holidaymakers are the world's biggest spenders, according to a wide-sweeping report that polled travellers around the world.

In its annual 2014 Vacation Spending Index, Expedia polled 11,165 travellers across 24 countries to gauge how people spend their hard-earned money over the holidays.

When it comes to gratuities, hotel maids, bellhops and servers can rest assured they'll be tipped by Mexican vacationers, as 96% of travellers from that country said they make sure to tip while on holiday.

Other reliable tippers hail from Austria, with 92% of Austrians saying they always tip, followed by Germans (91%), and Canadians, Thai and Indians (90%).

That percentage drops to 86% for American holidaymakers, and then plummets to 50% for Australians and 42% for New Zealanders.

The service people who are most likely to be tipped? That would be food servers, followed by hotel maids, bellhops, room service delivery, concierge and airline porters.

At the other end of the spectrum, when it comes to traveling abroad, the Japanese reported the highest travel budgets at $2,777 USD per person, followed by Mexicans at $2,544, New Zealanders $2,219 and Brazilians $2,212.

According to the survey, the French are the most economical, spending about $1,361 when visiting a foreign country.

Globally, the majority of vacationers -- 71% -- said they begin saving for their holiday the year prior to their vacation, a habit that's particularly important for Mexican and Indian travellers.

The most common pre-holiday expenditure? New clothes, a new hairstyle, phone package, and waxing or hair removal.

And when it comes to the most aggravating travel-related fees, taxes took the top spot, followed by baggage and booking fees.


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