A Canadian man will travel to Thailand and the rest of the world with Elizabeth Gallagher. Just not the same Elizabeth Gallagher he used to date.
Jordan Axani, 28, and his former girlfriend booked the three-week trip in May, including stops in Thailand, Italy, France, and India. But the pair broke up, leaving Mr Axani with plane tickets booked in her name. Wary of the hassle of changing names on tickets booked with several airlines, Mr Axani put out a call on social media website Reddit in November for someone with the same name as his ex-girlfriend and a valid Canadian passport.
After worldwide media attention, Axani received thousands of responses, including from Nova Scotia student Elizabeth “Quinn” Gallagher, 23. Mr Axani picked Ms Gallagher, a homeless-shelter volunteer, after talking with her on the phone and becoming impressed with her social conscience.
Other responses were more odd. Mr Axani said he heard from hundreds of people, male and female, who offered to legally change their names. Mr Axani has turned the attention into a charity called A Ticket Forward that aims to fund trips for underprivileged people. What does the original Elizabeth Gallagher think of all this? Mr Axani said she has been in touch but he declined further comment.
“It’s totally platonic,” Mr Axani said from New York where the trip starts on Sunday. “Do I think we’ll become friends? Sure.” As for Gallagher, she already has a boyfriend, who is less than happy his girlfriend will hop on a plane with another man this Sunday.
“He understands that I’ve always wanted to travel, so while he’s not happy I’m taking off for nearly a month at Christmas with a random guy, he’s smiling through it,” Gallagher said. Their journey starts Sunday from New York and will bring them to Bangkok and also Milan, Prague, Paris and New Delhi.
Marriott International has stepped in to sponsor the two with separate rooms at each stop, as Axani said he didn’t book any rooms because he’d stopped planning the trip after the break-up, Daily Mail reported.
The video below is an introduction his A Ticket Forward charity initiative, which launched Wednesday.
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