Do You Ever Exaggerate Cultural Experiences-
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Do You Ever Exaggerate Cultural Experiences?

Have you ever told a tall tale or two to try and fit in with the company around you? Well, you might be surprised to learn you are in very good company. In fact, a survey taken by MSC Cruises has shown that over 1 in 10 people has lied about reading a book, watching a film or having eaten a food they really can't stand in an effort to try and seem more cultured when abroad.

In fact, to show you just the sorts of porky pies exaggerations people have admitted to MSC Cruises, they have put together this infographic, sharing some of the findings from their research.


It is good to see within the research, though;Β that we don't really need to be hiding exaggerations as after all we really are on the whole quite cultured anyway. The list sees us being quite the nation of book readers, documentary watchers and people who like to dine out.

So next time your thinking should I play up my experiences, or just the tell the truth, perhaps all you need to do is be yourself. After all, you're pretty darn amazing just how you are and the real stories you have to tell are bound to interest those around you.

However, if you did fancy trying something new then a cruise does sound like a pretty good option to me. I definitely wouldn't mind checking out all those cities, while enjoying the food and entertainment on board. Now I bet that would bring you many hours of things to talk about, once your feet are back on dry land.

Have you ever twisted the truth a little in the hopes of appearing more cultured?

*This is a collaborative post.

This article has 59 comments

  1. Margaret gallagher

    I listen to what people say – in the end it’s my decision
    You never know unless you’ve tried it

  2. Hayley Warren

    I don’t think I’ve ever lied about places I’ve been. I’m not very well travelled but I’m not ashamed of that!

  3. Stephanie Merry

    I think we’ve all twisted the truth a little haven’t we to impress someone? I know I certainly have! x

  4. robin Rue

    LOL, I can’t think of a particular instance where I did, but I am sure I have. I think everyone pads the truth sometimes.

  5. Josh Gough

    I think people tend to instead just over blow the stuff they exactly did on social media instead of outright lying: like making a 1 day trip to Paris look like you stayed for a week

  6. Tara Pittman

    Well we have to look good, dont we. The things we do to get attention.

  7. Andrea

    The infographic made me laugh a little! I am sure I have been guilty of one of these things. And I definitely want to go on a cruise!

  8. Nellwyn

    This is really interesting, I had no idea so many people exaggerate like this… I would never even have thought about doing it!

  9. Azlin Bloor

    Lol, I just love this post! Something no one admits to but obviously happens more than we think! Hand on heart, I would never eat anything I didn’t like!! The rest? Mmmm …

  10. Jen

    I do find it amusing that you’d need to “lie” to that extent. Crazy people. Could pick a less conspicuous country. I haven’t travelled in years, so that is probably my culture loss.

  11. Amber Myers

    This is interesting. I don’t get people who would constantly lie.

    I fully admit I have never seen The Godfather. It’s boring.

  12. Rhian Westbury

    I find it strange that people are so willing to tell little lies about what they’ve done and seen. I’m not afraid to admit that I’ve never seen any of the plays, and I’ve only seen two of those movies x

  13. Elizabeth O.

    I think it’s really just to have people to relate with. But it’s so much better to be true to yourself. I don’t like the idea of having to pretend, it’s tough to keep up with lies, lol.

  14. Shoshana Sue

    Haha, people want to feel accepted and have to lie sometimes just to fit into that crowd or class. I usually find social interactions quite draining so my chances of telling fis are naturally reduced lol.
    This post is quite amusing.

  15. Alison G Ellis

    No but my husband does tall tales and I think he believes himself eventually like when we met Pele the footballer in Antigua and my husband swore that he paid for the honeymoon suite for us x

  16. Jemma

    This is quite funny to learn how many people exaggerate here and there! I’m sure we’ve all done it at some point, especially growing up.

  17. Joanna

    I don’t think I have ever lied about something I did, but then again I do travel quite a lot and it’s possible that I have been to the country my group is talking about or I have eaten the food they mention. πŸ™‚ However, it’s an interesting study. I don’t really understand why someone would exaggerate a cultural experience, especially when they know they might get asked related questions. πŸ™‚

  18. Donna Ward

    I did enjoy your infographic! The problem for me if I stretch the truth, I won’t remember what I said and will have to backtrack – lol So I don’t fib or stretch the truth on purpose because of that – I do make mistakes tho πŸ™‚

  19. melissa major

    I don’t think I have to be honest in a long time at least. I have never been on a cruise before but my sister has a few times and she loved it

  20. Fatima Torres of MTME

    These are interesting points. Honestly, I can’t eat something I know I won’t enjoy. Good timing on this. We’re looking into a family cruise for the following year.

  21. Richard Bivins

    Can’t believe Brits have Harry Potter on that list of books they’ve claimed to have read. But it sounds about normal for even us Americans to lie or exaggerate similar things.

  22. Anosa

    I don’t see the point faking things just to claim they have read something. I agree with you, indeed we need to be just ourselves. Don’t pretend you did something which is not. You are just fooling yourself and not the others.

  23. Anna nuttall

    My parents came back from a cruise last year – they did pretty much a world tour. And trust me they did not exaggerate. My parents came back and slagged everything off. The food, the countries, the people. So what I’m getting at, there no BS when it comes to my parents. They are not the kind of people to exaggerate. xx

  24. Fashion and Style Police

    What an informative infographic. I have never been to a theatre.

  25. Wendy polisi

    What a great post! This is totally interesting. Why many people get exaggerate to some places? A good point tho.

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      It is interesting isn’t it – I would love to ask someone why, and get there side. I think in this situation it must be a need to fit in perhaps?


    That’s interesting although I for one couldn’t see why people would lie as they can be caught out easily. How can you tell someone your favourite part of a film you haven’t seen for example. I eat sushi and many of my friends do too.

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      Do you know I have never tried sushi! I just can’t bring myself to haha! See I couldn’t do that, mind you I’ve seen some Shakespeare on stage and I couldn’t tell you much about that either :/

  27. Claire santiago

    It’s not good to lie, for whatever purpose. I hate to lie because I might lose people’s trust.

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      I agree on the whole I hate liars, perhaps as I have been lied to a lot before, however I do understand the want / need to fit in and perhaps twisting the truth a little. I think as we grow up we don’t care so much, but definitely in younger years I think it is quite common between peers.

  28. Jay Simms

    I have once before and I immediately regretted it. It was my husbands best friends girlfriend and they wanted us to fit in, and it just didn’t work out.

  29. Rosey

    Best to be yourself or whatever it is won’t work out anyway. Good to point it out.

  30. Clark Albert

    Not at all. If you lie to others, the only person you lied to is yourself. You lied to the whole world.

  31. lorena

    I think you should be your yelf, and if you are interested in something do not pretend try to learn more on that not lie to others, because who cares, it is only your matter.

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      I think sometimes we just don’t realise how interesting we really are and worry that people will find us boring which is a shame as everyone has a story to tell. x

  32. Becca

    I’ve definitely never lied about the places I’ve travelled to – I don’t need to haha. Great to hear that Brits are on the whole quite cultured though! x

  33. Laura H

    This is so interesting! Thankfully I have actually seen and read most of these things xD Can’t believe people don’t actually eat sushi though – it’s amazing!

  34. CourtneyLynne

    Oooooooo interesting!!! I don’t think I have ever lied about Going someplace I haven’t. I have been fortunate to have traveled to many places so knowing my luck if I were to lie, someone would ask me travel advice and I would be caught lol

  35. Kusum

    This is interesting to know! I am such a critique that it is hard to play up a place when it does live upto the expectations.

    xx, Kusum

  36. Lexie Lane

    I can’t think of a time I have because I always get uncomfortable when I know I’ve told a fib, especially something like cultural experiences. I don’t want to get caught in a situation when someone’s asking something I can’t answer and it looks like I’ve lied or something. That’s embarrassing. So I don’t know if I honestly have.

  37. Lisa Rios

    That’s incredible! Personally, I stick to the truth, but is crucial for people to know these facts, and that they don’t have to lie to fit in.

  38. Tena Thixton

    Very interesting! Thanks for sharing!

  39. Kleyrr Fieonah

    I go for the truth, always go on positive vibes and avoid negative auras. Just be yourself.

  40. ellen beck

    Actually no, I dont think I have ever lied about any of this stuff. If I havent seen something, or done something they have I enjoy hearing about it. I think I actually have eaten all the stuff up there, saw the movies but I havent traveled and couldnt even fake it.

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