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Holidaymakers lie about exotic destinations

26 January 2009 08:03

Holidaymakers lie about exotic destinations

British holidaymakers frequently lie about the countries they have visited to appear more knowledgeable, according to a recently published survey.

One of the most common untruths the survey recorded is that people have spent time travelling in a particular country, when in truth they have actually only changed flights at the airport.

The survey of more than 2,000 British adults by the car hire group also discovered that men are almost twice as likely to make up travel experiences as women.

Bill Jones, chief executive of, said: "As it becomes simple to visit far-flung destinations, peoples' perceptions of a 'well-travelled' individual change and some holidaymakers feel the need to bend the truth."

The Guild of Travel Management Companies (GTMC) revealed this week that Britons made more than 14 million holiday bookings - including a 27 per cent increase in travel insurance transactions - throughout 2007.ADNFCR-1320-ID-18793524-ADNFCR