World Traveler Finds His 'Elizabeth Gallagher'

Pair will travel the world together for 3 weeks
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2014 7:04 AM CST
World Traveler Finds His 'Elizabeth Gallagher'
This undated photo provided by A Ticket Forward shows Elizabeth Quinn Gallagher.   (AP Photo/Courtesy A Ticket Forward)

If these two end up falling in love, you just know a rom-com is coming: Jordan Axani, 28, has successfully located a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend to take a trip around the world. Axani began his quest last month on Reddit, explaining that he needed to find a Canadian passport-holder named Elizabeth Gallagher to use (for free) the airline tickets he had purchased for his now-ex-girlfriend, also named Elizabeth Gallagher. He found 18 such women, and 23-year-old Elizabeth Quinn Gallagher will be the one to actually accompany him. But don't get too excited for the aforementioned movie yet: "It's strictly a platonic trip," Axani tells the AP, and anyway, Gallagher already has a boyfriend. In fact, Gallagher, a student and former member of the Canadian Coast Guard, originally thought the idea was "a little bit creepy," she says.

But after talking with Axani for hours on the phone, "it's less creepy and more awesome," she says. Her boyfriend, she admits, is "not happy I'm taking off for nearly a month at Christmas with a random guy," but "he understands that I've always wanted to travel so ... he's smiling through it." The trip will be documented online, and maybe Hollywood can still get a feel-good movie out of it: Axani received so many emails from people who wanted to see the world (like one 8-year-old who is going blind) that he and his brother created A Ticket Forward, an organization that aims to crowdfund trips for those who can't afford them. As for their own trip, Axani and Gallagher are meeting up in New York City today, then set out Sunday for Milan, Vienna, Prague, Paris, southern Thailand, Bangkok, and Delhi; they return Jan. 12, ABC News reports. Gallagher will pay for her own food and souvenirs, but Marriott is putting the pair up—in separate rooms. (Click for another story of an unusual airline passenger.)

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