In the latest example of digital age vanity, cash-strapped, wannabe social media influencers are reportedly flocking to a new site that helps people who want to impress their peers with lavish travel pictures, without ever having to pack a suitcase.
FakeAVacation.com is a photo editing service that offers a ‘cheap option’ for people looking to show off on social media who might not be able to afford to pay to fly and stay in foreign lands.
‘They fake it … sometimes because the actual vacation is too expensive, so they plan this way or sometimes they do it to get others envious,’ Tom Eda, who leads marketing and support for Fake A Vacation, told Fox News.
‘The need was there, and it got incremented by the upsurge of social media platforms,’ says Eda.
The company, which launched in 2017, is adding FakeATrip.com for celebrities and influencers at the end of the year.
Daily Mail spoke to the site’s tech support team and confirmed the service is not satirical. FakeAVacation.com’s marketing team members did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the site.
‘We could create a fake vacation custom package exclusively for you. A custom package with your choice of destination, attractions and requirements. You satisfaction is guaranteed,’ the site boasts.
FakeAVacation lets customers choose scenic views from Hawaii, Disney Land, Orlando, Florida and the Grand Canyon, to have their likeness spliced into the frame for as low as $19.99.
The ‘custom package’ allows customers to provide their own panoramic background from exclusive locales for the site’s editors to work their Photoshop magic on.
Reddit user jgrover01 started shopping the idea for FakeAVacation.com about a year ago, soliciting feedback from other Reddit users on the viability of such a service.
The concept is far from unique.
Instagram user Jessy Van Ginderen, who’s IG handle is @dropdeadbeauty__, recently admitted to having her vacay photos altered to make them look more appealing.
‘The only ‘vacation’ pic I have this year,’ Gindereen wrote in the August 16, 2018 photo’s caption. ‘Big thanks to the talented @jonasopdebeeck for taking this pic I edited it a bit more into the feed.’
A recent Jet Cost survey found 14 percent of Americans have lied about their vacations and 10 percent of the researchers’ 4,000 respondent sample admitted to posting a fake picture on social media to reinforce their lies.
‘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,’ a Jet Cost spokesperson told Travel Pulse on Wednesday.
‘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.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Chauncey Alcorn