Tipping comes with the territory in the US: If you eat in restaurant, drink in a bar, or stay in a hotel, you need to leave a little something for the effort. And when foreigners don't participate, Americans make a big stink. But according to a recent survey, Americans adhere to the "do as I say, not as I do" doctrine when on vacation, by simply not tipping enough.
In its Vacation Spending Index 2014, booking giant Expedia questioned 11,165 travelers from 24 countries about their money habits on vacation and found that while 86% of Americans tip while on vacation, a meager 50% actually leave a tip for hotel service staff. It's a quick way to piss off everyone from the bellhop to housekeeping.
As Conde Nast Traveler points out, Germany, Mexico, and India all show up America when it comes to dipping into their wallets for hotel staff. In fact, Mexicans came up top as the most generous vacationers, with 96 percent of tourists reporting that they tip service staff on vacation. Australian vacationers were the second most grateful, with 92 percent happily leaving gratuity, while Germans, Canadians (yes, even those friendly Canucks), Thai, and Indians all tip above average.