Germans are World’s Top Tippers

Tipping etiquette by country varies as much as the cultural cuisine itself. A new study by Trip Advisor revealed that despite the gratuity customs, Germans are the most likely to tip while vacationing, edging out America by 12%. Rounding out the top five are Russians, Brazilians and French.

The study surveyed more than 9,000 local respondents from eight countries across the globe. Americans responded nearly unanimously that they tip while traveling, though only 16% of U.S. respondents said they always feel they are informed on how much to leave.

Travel guides are a top source for travelers looking for gratuity guidance at 73%, followed by online review and then online forums.

“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.

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