If you use Laravel you should be using Model Factories. If you’re then check out this introduction to Model Factories on Laravel News.

The problem I’ve struggled with for a while is by default the instance of Faker is set to use en_US. This is’t often a problem, until you start generating phone numbers and postal addresses.

Luckily there is an easy way to fix this—thanks to dependency injection. Open up app/Providers/AppServiceProvider.php and within the register method add this:

$this->app->singleton(FakerGenerator::class, function () {
  return FakerFactory::create('en_GB');
});

Now the Faker instance injected into the Model Factories will be localised—you can obviously change the locale to whatever you need. You can see the available Faker locales here.