They needed a replacement after their buddy dropped out.

Joe Mcgrath poses with his new friends after a spontaneous holiday
Credit: Courtesy of Joe Mcgrath

What do you do if a group of strangers approaches you via Facebook and asks you to join their pre-planned holiday with flights and hotel included? If your name is Joe McGrath, you pack your bags and join them.

After meticulously planning a Spanish vacation for 10 people to celebrate their buddy Nathan’s 30th birthday, a group of travelers had one friend, named Joe McGrath, suddenly drop out at the last minute. Thinking it would be a shame for someone to lose out on the opportunity, the nine remaining friends banded together to find another Joe to take his place. Luckily for them, they found a ready and willing Joe McGrath living in Manchester.

"Although I had my doubt if the offer was legit, I decided to take the plunge," the second Joe McGrath wrote on his Facebook page after receiving the vacation offer of a lifetime. "I drove down to Bristol on Saturday night and had a mad three days with complete strangers that I think I can all my good friends."

The replacement Joe happily shared photos of the group’s adventures throughout their journey in Mallorca, adding on Facebook: "What a mega group of people! I loved every minute of it. I want to apologise to my mum who thought I knew these people all along."