I know what you're thinking- talking about taxes, BORING! But this is very important to know.
In Australia, our GST (Goods and Services Tax) is automatically added to items, and the price advised is the final price we pay. In the USA and Canada, taxes are often added at the end, so the pricing you see on menus or clothes tags, for example, will likely be a partial price. It is important to remember this and that taxes will change from state to state.
Resort fees are another cost that can surprise Aussies when they pay for their stay in some hotels across America and Canada. Essentially the resort fee covers whatever the hotel wants it to – things like using the gym, pool and sometimes parking. Sometimes hotels are transparent about how much the fee will be beforehand – sometimes not – so keep this in mind.
Tipping is not common in Australia, but definitely is in both America and Canada. The general consensus is that fifteen to twenty per cent is standard, but that twenty is preferred. Sadly, many people make most of their wages through tips, so ensure you show gratitude.