"Did you guys hear the one about the Dutch girl who faked a trip to Southeast Asia? Nope, that isn't a joke, so the upside is there's no terrible punch-line either.
In truth, 25 year-old Zilla van den Born literally deceived her friends and family into thinking she'd peaced out to Southeast Asia for five weeks; happily this wasn't a foray into vacational sociopathy, but something different entirely together.
Van den Born's deception was so clever and decidedly complete, she included Facebook pics of her being waved off at the airport by her family to kick off her fake-journey. Only, in reality, she promptly returned to Amsterdam via train--to flood her social media with 42 days of Photoshop-tastic pictures of her seeming to snorkel, travel in traditional Thai tuk-tuks, visit Buddhist temples, and sample "authentic" cuisine. Except all of the shots were taken in her own swimming pool or at venues around Amsterdam--and then, of course, altered with magical computer skills.
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This story by Kelley Calkins first appeared on Ravishly.com, an alternative news+culture website for women.
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