So many places to travel, but so little money to do it. It's a tough job maintaining a glamorous social media account when you've only got so much cash to do so. So, if you're struggling to keep up, just do what Youtuber Natalia Taylor did and fake a vacation at an IKEA store.
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Natalia Taylor has about 312,000 followers to impress and it ain't easy staying relevant in a competitive world like this. The vlogger managed to trick her fans into thinking she was on a lavish trip in Bali when in reality, she was just at everyone's favorite cheap furniture store. The first picture that she posted had the caption "The queen has arrived #bali," followed by a few other snaps of her 'vacation'.
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Every photo had the location set to the Indonesian hotspot. Her followers showed her nothing but support with comments that read 'she's really our there living her best life', 'OMG you are in Bali?!' and 'our Bali princess'. Little did they know, Natalie was simply surrounded by the Swedish retailer's flat-pack furniture.
Although it may seem like a superficial endeavor, Natalie admitted at the end of her 'trip' that she actually only did this to prove to others how easy it is to be fooled by social media. The vlogger posted a video on Youtube explaining everything to her fans saying "It's been said life on the internet isn't always what it seems, especially in today's day and age when it's so easy to pretend to be anyone you want to be. So many influencers nowadays have actually been caught in the act of pretending to be at a particular destination when they really weren't and it's either Photoshop or it's not even them."
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She continued: "The point of this video is to see if you really can fake it 'til you make it."
She organized a photographer to take snaps of her 'living it up' at IKEA before testing whether she could get away with people thinking it was Bali. Natalie then said, "Ah yes, Indonesia, a gorgeous getaway full of tropical paradise and exotic photo opportunities, the perfect place to totally fake an influencer vacation and lie to all of my followers."
"We're going to go in IKEA together and see how many pictures we can take in the little furniture displays either before we get kicked out or before things get a little too awkward for our own good."
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The photos aren't all that convincing, but she posted a video before the trip of her getting ready for the airport, as well as a picture of her looking out the plane window. "No one is questioning it at all. Everyone believes I'm in Bali right now," she said. "It seems painfully obvious that I'm not in Bali. I'm not even posting any of the iconic Bali photos of me on the beach or in exotic locations and I'm getting away with it. That's insane."
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Although it was hard to lie to her followers, she did say that she was happy she could assist in lifting the veil on social media.