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Canadian man seeks Elizabeth Gallagher for world travel

Jordan Axani Image copyright Jordan Axani
Image caption Jordan Axani made his unusual offer after breaking up with his girlfriend

A Canadian man is offering free plane tickets to a female compatriot to fly "around the world", but on one condition - his fellow traveller must be called Elizabeth Gallagher.

Jordan Axani, 28, broke up with his girlfriend, Elizabeth Gallagher, in March and needs someone with the same name who can use the tickets.

He wants to give the tickets away rather than change the name on them.

Mr Axani said it would be "the headache or money to cancel" them.

The itinerary for the trip to Europe, the US and India includes stops in Milan, Prague, Paris, New York and Delhi between December and January.

Image caption If you are called Elizabeth Gallagher and have a Canadian passport, a trip to the Taj Mahal in India could be in the offing

Mr Axani has advertised the tickets on Reddit.

"I need your help," he wrote. "You see, in March I booked a fairly wicked trip around the world for this Christmas for my ex and I.

"While our relationship has come to a close, I am still planning on going on the trip and she is not (naturally).

"And because I hate the idea of a ticket around the world going to waste, I am looking for a Canadian named Elizabeth Gallagher who could use the ticket."

He told the BBC that since posting his advert, he has received "dozens" of emails from Canadians named Elizabeth.

But he added that "no one has been selected yet".

Mr Axani explained that he created the advert because the "archaic system that is modern air travel" meant changing the name on the ticket would be "damn near impossible".

He describes himself as "a totally normal 28-year-old guy living in Toronto". and insists that he is "not looking for anything in return".

"I am not looking for companionship, romance, drugs, a trade, or to take selfies with you in front the Christmas market in Prague," Mr Axani wrote.

Contacted by Vice, Mr Axani said his "dream outcome" would be that someone gets to travel to places they thought they would never get to see.

"My hope is that it'll be an epic life experience that they'll tell their kids about one day," he said.

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Image caption The beauties of Prague are one of the destinations on Mr Axani's itinerary

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