Research carried out by JetCost, a flight comparison site, revealed that 11 per cent of US residents have confessed to lying about being well travelled in a bid to impress their friends and social media followers.
Two thirds of the 4000 surveyed says they have lied about specific parts of their holiday too including the weather (34 per cent), their accommodation and its facilities (29 per cent) as well as the sightseeing they undertook (27 per cent).
A Jet Cost spokesperson told Travel Pulse: "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 travelled. 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."
And over half (52 per cent) of respondents said they would lie about their holiday if it was a disaster whilst 68 per cent said they would gladly tell a friend or a relative that their holiday was better than it actually was.