Could you be on my passenger Liz?


Published: Sunday 9th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Jordan Axani is looking for the right woman to take on a round-the-world air trip. But there’s a catch – she must be named Elizabeth Gallagher and have a Canadian passport.

Mr Axani, 28, from Toronto, Canada, and his then girlfriend, Elizabeth Gallagher, booked the heavily-discounted tickets in May, but they have now split up.

Nevertheless, Mr Axani doesn’t want her ticket to go to waste. It has a strict no-transfer policy, but since passport information was not required when booking, it can be used by any Canadian woman named Elizabeth Gallagher.

“I just want to see the ticket go to good use and for someone to experience a lot of joy,” said Mr Axani.

He posted the ticket offer on the popular Reddit social media website on Monday and has since received thousands of emails, including about 15 to 30 from actual Elizabeth Gallaghers with Canadian passports.

“More interesting, there are hundreds of Canadians who are interested in changing their name to Elizabeth Gallagher,” Mr Axani said. “It was absolutely out of control, thousands of emails, people around the world sharing their incredible stories of travel.”

He wrote in his Reddit post that he was “not looking for anything in return” and that the woman who uses the extra ticket can choose to either travel with him or take the ticket and head out on her own.

“Having said that, I will buy the first round of vino at JFK upon departure,” he added.

In his online posting, Mr Axani said his other requirements for his prospective travel partner are that she be “sane, smart and (hopefully) interesting”, have a desire to travel and be ready for “a rather spontaneous life experience” and be willing to pay the good deed forward to someone else.

He said that after the break-up he deferred all other planning for the trip, such as making hotel reservations.

Axani, who works for an international property development and advisory firm, said the tickets were purchased for a couple of thousand dollars, but their cash value today is around 5,000-7,000 Canadian dollars (£2,800-£3,900 ).

The trip is due to start on December 21 in New York City and continue on to Milan, Prague, Paris, Bangkok and New Delhi before ending in Toronto on January 8.

Mr Axani said he has even received a few date requests, but “can’t imagine who would want to solicit romance from someone who dated someone with the same name”.

The lucky recipient of the free ticket will be announced on social media and the trip will be documented and shared online.

Mr Axani said that he was so moved by some of the emails – including one from an eight-year-old boy who said he was going blind and wanted to see the world before that happened – that he and his brother want to create an organisation called A Ticket Home to help people who desire to see the world but lack the finances to do so.

Published: Sunday 9th November 2014 by The News Editor

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