Jordan Axani has finally found the woman he’s been searching for.
The 28-year-old real estate development manager had embarked on a cross-country search to find a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend to take on a free trip around the world. His unique offer came after Axani and his former girlfriend split following their booking of a heavily discounted trip in May. Since the tickets had a strict no-transfer policy and Axani didn’t want them to go to waste, he took to Reddit offering to give them away for free to any Canadian named Elizabeth Gallagher.
Thousands of emails poured in, but only 18 came from people who actually had the required name.
So, who’s the lucky lady? Elizabeth Quinn Gallagher of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. She’s a 23-year-old student and part-time office administrator. While Axani never revealed how he would make his selection, it’s pretty easy to see why in this case: Gallagher volunteers at a local homeless shelter and is a seasonal Canadian Coast Guard rescuer – it’s like Baywatch meets The Pursuit of Happiness.
But before you get any ideas, Gallagher has a boyfriend and the two will be sleeping in separate rooms for the duration of the trip. Or that’s the plan, anyway.
“It’s strictly a platonic trip. It’s going to be great,” Axani told Global News.
But Gallagher admits her significant other isn’t thrilled.
“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,” she said. “We’ve been together for a while. We’re planning on buying a house and we have a puppy, so yeah I’m not really looking for anything at all.”
She said the idea of going on a trip around the world with a stranger was “crazy” at first, but the two hit it off during a Skype interview about the idea and spoke “for hours.”
Axani says the trip will be documented and shared online. And in the process of reviewing the many letters he received (including one from an 8-year-old boy who said he was going blind and wanted to see the world before that happened), he decided to start an organization called A Ticket Forward, to help people who want to see the world but don’t have the money to do so.
But as nice as this story is, deep down we can’t help but be curious to know if this “platonic” relationship turns into something more.