You Can Pay People To Create Fake Holiday Pictures For Your Instagram

Holidays are great and all, but they can end up getting pretty damn expensive - all those meals out, all the tourist attractions, the extortionate airport taxi you inevitably fork out for when you realise you can't be arsed to work out the local public transport system...

But it's okay, because it turns out you can still have all the perks of a good ol' vacation without all the cost, thanks to one very simple hack.

Okay, you might not get the tan... Or the memories... Or the souvenirs... But you DO get the Instagram likes, which for some people is what really matters, it seems.

A photo-editing service in Nebraska called Fake A Vacation has been set up to let people send in their photos and have exotic locations Photoshopped into the background, so it looks just like you've been sunning yourself somewhere delightful, even though you're just sat at home in your pants.

It may sound like a spoof, but it is in fact legit.

A photo before the treatment... Credit: Fake A Vacation
A photo before the treatment... Credit: Fake A Vacation

...And after. Credit: Fake A Vacation
...And after. Credit: Fake A Vacation

"Now you can fake a vacation and don't have to be an expert," the website says.

"No messing around with pictures, photo-editing, learning or worrying about perfection, leave that on us. The professionals in the industry for it.

"Get your vacation pictures delivered in your inbox and get ready to brag to your friends on where you went. We take care of everything from providing pictures to educating you about the destination."

There are several destination packages to choose from (a sandy beach in Hawaii, the Grand Canyon, the famous 'Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada' sign, the iconic Disneyland castle, that sort of thing) or you can even opt for a custom fake vacation picture package that's 'built exclusively for you'.

How about a Disney background? Credit: Fake A Vacation
How about a Disney background? Credit: Fake A Vacation

Looks like there's a bit of a sale going on at the moment, so prices start at $19.99 (£15.38), while a custom service will set you back $79.99 (£61.55).

It may sound like something none of you would ever dream of doing, but according to a recent study by flight comparison company Jetcost, 14 percent of the 4,000 American adults surveyed said they had fibbed to others about their fancy holidays.

Instagrammer Johanna Olsson was recently mocked online for Photoshopping her backgrounds. Credit: Instagram
Instagrammer Johanna Olsson was recently mocked online for Photoshopping her backgrounds. Credit: Instagram

Two-thirds also admitted to lying about the experiences - with the weather, quality of accommodations and amount of sightseeing the most common fibs - while 10 percent also went the extra mile by posting a fake image on social media.

"Even though it is probably more common than not in the US to have not holidayed abroad, Americans are clearly still feeling the need to appear as if they have travelled," a Jet Cost spokesperson said.

"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."

Shameless, the lot of you.

Featured Image Credit: Fake A Vacation

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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