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Seeking and finding Elizabeth Gallagher

Quite an unusual offer had been posted to Reddit and Imgur last month, and it was very quickly picking up speed on Twitter, Facebook, and just about everywhere Elizabeth Gallaghers could be found. Jordan Axani, a 28-year-old real estate development manager from Toronto with some spare plane tickets, was willing to fund her airfare for an 18-day trip around the world.

The offer resulted from a break-up with his girlfriend with whom he had been planning to take the trip since March. His search for another woman who has the same name as his ex began when he discovered what a hassle it can be to make changes to plane tickets. The flights had been purchased during a massive blow-up on Priceline and had been so cheap and on so many different airlines that they were not worth the headache or money to cancel, Jordan wrote on Reddit.

The trip consists of flights from New York to Milan on Dec. 21, Prague to Paris on Dec. 28, Paris to Bangkok on Dec. 29, Bangkok to New Delhi on Jan. 7 and New Delhi to Toronto on Jan. 8. Axani says the value of the flights package is around $6,000, though he bought them during a sale and paid a few thousand less. He suggests that the Elizabeth Gallagher should “pay it forward.” “I’ve been lucky in life and this is me giving back to the universe,” he writes. “Do something similar someday.”

He received thousands of emails, including 18 from actual Elizabeth Gallaghers with Canadian passports. He's now chosen his travel mate, Elizabeth Quinn Gallagher, a 23-year-old student and part-time office administrator from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. "It's strictly a platonic trip. It's going to be great," Axani said.

She already has a boyfriend anyway, with whom she's been together for a while and are planning on buying a house. She acknowledged her boyfriend isn't thrilled about her taking off for nearly a month at Christmas with a random guy.

Since the story became public, Marriott International offered to put him and the new Elizabeth Gallagher up, in separate rooms, during their trip.

Axani said the trip will be documented and shared online. He said that he was so moved by some of the emails — including one from an 8-year-old boy who said he was going blind and wanted to see the world before that happens — that he and his brother created an organization called A Ticket Forward to help people who desire to see the world but lack the finances to do so.