Toronto man is offering a free round-the-world air ticket to the
right woman. But restrictions apply. You must be named Elizabeth
Gallagher and have a Canadian passport.
Axani, 28, said he and his then girlfriend, named Elizabeth
Gallagher, booked heavily discounted round-the-world air tickets in
May, but their relationship has ended and he doesnt want her
ticket to go to waste. He told The Associated Press today that the
ticket has a strict no-transfer policy, but since passport
information was not required when booking, it can be used by any
Canadian woman named Elizabeth Gallagher.
just want to see the ticket go to good use and for someone to
experience a lot of joy, said Axani, speaking by telephone from
his Toronto home.
posted the ticket offer Monday on the popular Reddit social media
website, and has since received thousands of emails, including about
15 to 30 from actual Elizabeth Gallaghers with Canadian passports.
interesting, there are hundreds of Canadians who are interested in
changing their name to Elizabeth Gallagher, Axani said with a
chuckle. It was absolutely out of control, thousands of emails,
people around the world sharing their incredible stories of travel.
wrote in his Reddit post that he is not looking for anything
in return and that the woman who uses the extra ticket can
choose to either travel with him or take the ticket and head out on
said that, I will buy the first round of vino at JFK upon
departure, added Axani. In his online posting, Axani said his
other requirements for his prospective travel partner are that she be
sane, smart and (hopefully) interesting, have a desire to
travel and be ready for a rather spontaneous life
experience, and be willing to pay the good deed forward to
said that after the breakup he deferred all other planning for the
trip, such as making hotel reservations.
who works for an international real estate development and advisory
firm, said the tickets were purchased for a couple of thousand
dollars, but their cash value today is around Canadian $5,000-$7,000 (US$4,400-$6,200).
trip is scheduled to start Dec. 21 in New York City and continue on
to Milan, Prague, Paris, Bangkok and New Delhi before ending in
Toronto on Jan. 8.
said hes even received a few date requests, but
cant imagine who would want to solicit romance from
someone who dated someone with the same name.
said the lucky recipient of the free ticket will be announced on
social media and the trip will be documented and shared online.
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 want to
create an organization called A Ticket Home to help people who desire
to see the world but lack the finances to do so.