A number of Elizabeth Gallaghers have come forward to travel the world this Christmas with Toronto’s Jordan Axani after his social media pleas for a travel companion went viral Monday.
He tweeted Tuesday morning that “many Elizabeth Gallaghers have come forward” after he awoke to more than 200 emails in his inbox.
Axani, a 28-year-old real estate development manager, posted late Sunday night that he was looking for a travel companion. In an interview with the Star, he said the offer resulted from a break-up with his girlfriend with whom he had been planning to take the trip since March.
The search was sparked by Axani’s inability to change the name on the five plane tickets he had booked, valued at around $6,000.
Air France, Alitalia and Jet Airways told him he could only change the name on the tickets by presenting a marriage, birth or death certificate, he said.
The airlines did not respond to the Star’s requests for comment, though they all advertise tickets as “non-transferable.”
In his Reddit post, Axani says he will not be providing anything more than the plane tickets and a bottle of wine upon their departure. He insists he is not looking for “companionship, romance, drugs, a trade, or to take selfies with you in front the Christmas Market in Prague,” but would like the trip to go to someone who would enjoy it.
Prior to the notice going up, he said he had found one Elizabeth Gallagher, but she’s married and won’t join him on the trip because she would like to spend the holidays with her husband and family.
Now, his Reddit post has been filled with people joking they are willing to change their names to take him up on the offer. Others with the same name residing in different countries and some with Elizabeth as a middle name have been asking if they can stand in for his ex.
“Although my name is not Liz Gallagher . . . perhaps a name change could solve the problem! :),” wrote one 29-year-old business student from Toronto under the username rachellemybelle. “Does it count that my dad works for Air Canada?? Maybe we can get some wiggle room there!”
Axani replied, “Haha I love it. If he has pull within Air France and Jet Airways we’re set.”
Plenty of the online chatter included users sharing their own travel stories and musing about how Axani’s search would make a perfect movie plot.
Among the Reddit posts was a promising response from one Elizabeth Gallagher.
“I’m Canadian . . . But I’m old enough to be his Mom. If there’s no younger person to step up I’d have to say it would be interesting,” she wrote. “My girls (25 and 23) tell me DO IT MOM! they wish now that they had my name.”
A search of property records revealed only two people with the name in Toronto. However, six other Gallaghers in the city have Elizabeth as a middle name, while there’s a plethora of “E Gallagher” in online phone listings.
In order for an Elizabeth Gallagher to be deemed eligible to take the trip, Axani said she must have a Canadian passport, a willingness to see the world and the courage to “pay it forward.”
One Toronto woman named Elizabeth Gallagher told the Star she thought the idea was “strange.”
“I just don’t feel like going on a trip around the world,” she said.
A trip to remember for Elizabeth Gallagher
But Axani said his goal was to “throw some good karma into the world.”
“I am hoping someone will come forward and that they will take the ticket and have a great time,” he said Monday.
Since that interview, Axani has made headlines around the world with the Telegraph in England, American news shows and a South African radio station covering his search.
He tweeted Tuesday that he would be declining media interviews that morning, but has since set up a media email address and enlisted his brother’s help to help him comb through requests.