Most people understand that what you see online isn’t always an accurate depiction of reality. In the age of digital vanity, aspiring Instagram influencers will often go to great lengths to attract a following, and one company aims to make it easier than ever to get enviable vacation photos, all without having to leave the comfort of your house.
FakeAVacation.com is capitalizing on the boom of lavish travel photos by helping anyone look like they spent a bundle on a trip.
The photo editing service isn’t necessarily cheap, but one could argue that it is substantially more affordable than a jet-setter lifestyle. Cash-strapped social media users who want to become influencers – or simply show off to distant friends or family – are flocking to the site to fake their vacations.
“They fake it,” said Tom Eda, a marketing and support leader at Fake A Vacation, according to a report by the Daily Mail, “sometimes because the actual vacation is too expensive, so they plan this way or sometimes they do it to get others envious.”
“The need was there,” Eda stated while discussing the service, which launched in 2017, “and it got incremented by the upsurge of social media platforms.”
The company is even adding a separate service for influencers and celebrities, which is slated to be available by the end of the year.
“We could create a fake vacation custom package exclusively for you,” the site says. “A custom package with your choice of destination, attractions and requirements. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.”
Customers can choose from a range of destinations, including Disney Land, Hawaii, and the Grand Canyon. The person’s likeness is then inserted into the image, with the lowest cost option coming in at $19.99.
The “custom package” gives customers even more flexibility, including sending over their own panoramic background that the team will use for the final images.
A recent Jet Cost survey of 4,000 people found that 14 percent of Americans have lied about a vacation, and 10 percent admitted to faking social media photos to make their lies more believable.
“Even though it is probably more common than not in the U.S. to have not holidayed abroad, Americans are clearly still feeling the need to appear as if they have traveled,” said a Jet Cost spokesperson.
“With the modern pressures of social media, people feel as if they have to prove themselves to others, which is a shame – but life isn’t a competition and just because someone says they’ve done something, doesn’t mean you’re less of a person for not having done it.”