The best and worst countries for tipping while on vacation

A new survey shows the most generous and stingiest holiday tippers. (argonaut/

A new survey shows the most generous and stingiest holiday tippers. (argonaut/


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A new, international travel survey of tipping trends reveals that Americans are the best tippers and Italians the worst.

According to a TripAdvisor survey that polled 25,000 travellers in eight markets around the world, Americans emerged the most consistent tippers, with 60% of respondents saying they "always" leave a gratuity for service when on vacay.

Landing at the bottom of the pile, meanwhile, are Italian globetrotters, with only 11% of travellers saying they tip regularly for hotel staff, servers and drivers.

The results aren't all that surprising, given the fact that the American service industry is based on a tipping culture.

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The survey also revealed that servers and restaurant staff are most likely to receive a gratuity (97%), followed by taxi drivers (81%) and hotel porters (79%).

Another recently survey also broke down tipping trends within the US and found that diners in the Northeast are the most generous tippers, leaving an average gratuity of 195. The stingiest tippers came from the US Midwest.

Here's a look at respondents who said they "always" tip for service while on vacation:

Americans - 60%
Germans - 49%
Brazilians - 33%
Spanish - 30%
Russians - 28%
British - 26%
French - 15%
Italians - 11%

Here are the services that are most likely to be tipped by US travellers:

Restaurant staff - 97%
Taxi driver - 81%
Bellman - 79%
Tour operator - 73%
Room service - 73%
Bartender - 71%
Housekeeping - 69%
Spa staff - 54%
Valet - 48%
Cafe barista - 22%