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Mapped: How Much Should You Tip In Each Country?

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How Much Should You Tip In Each Country?

How much should you tip when traveling abroad? The answer can vary wildly depending on the country and what type of service you are using.

In some countries like the U.S., tipping has become an integral part of work and service culture. Whether you are grabbing a coffee, ordering food delivery, or visiting a hotel on vacation, tipping becomes a part of your expenses.

But in others, tipping is not encouraged and can even be frowned upon. So how do you know which tipping culture you’re interacting with?

These maps from Hawaiian Islands studied the tipping trends across 162 countries, looking first at TripAdvisor’s tipping etiquette guides for each country then cross-referencing with other articles on tipping in those locales.

How Much Should You Tip at Restaurants?

Exploring local cuisine and trying out different restaurants can be an important part of an international holiday, but so is understanding each nation’s tipping etiquette.

For example, while servers and bartenders in the United States—the only country with a 20% recommended tip—often depend on tips to supplement wages, tipping at a restaurant could be considered an insult in Japan, China, or South Korea, where employers include higher service standards as part of wages.

Also consider that the maximum expected tip can vary. If you are at a restaurant in Canada, Serbia, or the Dominican Republic, tips of around 20% would be at the top of the typical expected range. Meanwhile, 66 countries welcome a 10% tip.

Some countries also have “mandatory tips” in the form of service charges or gratuity for larger parties. Others like India have banned restaurants from mandatory tipping.

Tipping For Lodging

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Whether you’re staying abroad, tipping may be expected for you to get the best service from the concierge desk, bellhop, or cleaning staff .

If you are in the U.S. or Canada, lodging staff tips range from $2‒$5 USD. On the other extreme, in countries like Argentina, Thailand, and Sri Lanka, you can get away with a tip of 50 cents.

For many other countries in the world, including Brazil, Mexico, and India, tipping etiquette and expectations usually amount to $1 to $2 in hotel staff tips.

Tipping For Transport

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When you’re not traveling with your own rented car or public infrastructure, travelers look to local taxis and ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft for convenient ways to explore new places.

Interestingly, these drivers do not expect any tips in 88 countries around the world. Many countries including India, Sweden, and Morocco simply round up the cab fare as a small tip.

In 21 other countries including Canada, cabbies are usually tipped 10% over the price of the ride. But the U.S. tops the list with a tipping etiquette of 15% for taxi rides.

How Much Should You Tip For Different Services?

How does each country’s tipping culture vary by service, and how do they compare? And which countries don’t have tipping data available?

This interactive table helps you explore the map data directly by searching for your country of choice:
 

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Ranked: America’s Most Popular Beers, by Generation

We visualize the results of a YouGov survey that determined the most popular beers among each U.S. generation.

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America’s Most Popular Beers, by Generation

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In this graphic we’ve visualized the most popular beers for each U.S. generation as of Q4 2023, according to a consumer survey conducted by YouGov.

The “popularity” metric represents the % of people who had a positive opinion of that beer. Note that YouGov surveys are conducted with a representative sample of 1,500 respondents.

Overview: Millennials

U.S. millennials appear to favor foreign beers, with the top five spots taken by Dutch (Heineken) or Mexican beers (Modelo, Corona).

BeerPopularity (%)
🇳🇱 Heineken60
🇲🇽 Modelo59
🇲🇽 Corona59
🇲🇽 Corona Extra58
🇲🇽 Corona Light58
🇺🇸 White Claw56
🇮🇪 Guinness55
🇧🇪 Stella Artois55
🇺🇸 Budweiser54
🇺🇸 Miller54

While not exactly a beer, White Claws (which have a similar alcohol content) claimed sixth place. Hard seltzers have become very popular in recent years due to their variety of flavors, attractive packaging, and relatively low amount of carbs and calories.

Overview: Gen X

Gen X also has a strong preference for foreign beers, particularly Guinness (fun fact: Over 31 million Americans claim to be of Irish descent).

BeerPopularity (%)
🇮🇪 Guinness57
🇳🇱 Heineken49
🇲🇽 Corona49
🇲🇽 Modelo47
🇺🇸 Samuel Adams47
🇧🇪 Stella Artois46
🇲🇽 Corona Extra45
🇲🇽 Corona Light44
🇺🇸 Blue Moon43
🇺🇸 Miller41

Two American beers that weren’t on Millennials’ top 10 list are Samuel Adams and Blue Moon.

Samuel Adams is the flagship brand of the Boston Beer Company, named after U.S. Founding Father Samuel Adams. On the other hand, Blue Moon is a Belgian-style witbier brewed by Molson Coors.

Overview: Baby Boomers

Boomers’ top 10 favorite beers are similar to Gen X, with a few key differences. One is the absence of Modelo, which ranked second and fourth for Millennials and Gen X, respectively.

Modelo (which became America’s best-selling beer in 2023) has focused its advertising efforts on sports, which may not reach Boomers as effectively as younger generations.

BeerPopularity (%)
🇮🇪 Guinness49
🇳🇱 Heineken48
🇲🇽 Corona48
🇺🇸 Samuel Adams46
🇺🇸 Coors43
🇺🇸 Miller38
🇺🇸 Michelob Light38
🇺🇸 Miller Lite37
🇲🇽 Dos Equis37
🇧🇪 Stella Artois37

An interesting pick for Boomers is Dos Equis, which is produced by Heineken-owned Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Brewery. The brand gained popularity for its “most interesting man in the world” commercials, which ran from 2006 to 2018.

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Be sure to check out this graphic which breaks down global beer consumption by country.

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