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Safe travels: Inspiring messages for a Bon Voyage card

It’s almost spring – a time when you start dreaming about summer vacations, and distant and exotic destinations. For some of us, it’s also the time that we begin to crave change.

If you have a friend or family member who has decided to take the plunge and head off on a big adventure, you’ll want to give them a leaving card that wishes them a fantastic time. Plus, you’ll want to get across how much you’ll miss them and look forward to seeing them again.

Keep reading for all the ideas and inspiration you need for writing a bon voyage card. From besties and family members to colleagues, we can help you to write the perfect message for this new chapter of their lives. 

Why send a safe travel card?

As much as you will miss them while they are gone, the travelers themselves will naturally get waves of homesickness. At times like this, opening up your card and reading your message will give them a boost of positive energy. Your card will become a little piece of home to look back on whenever they feel low. 

Whether your friend is going on a sabbatical, a gap year, a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, or even moving abroad, a TouchNote card is perfect for wishing them safe travels and encouraging them to make the most of their experiences while they’re away. 

Boost their spirits with humour

Although it’s exciting, starting out on a new adventure can also be a scary prospect and a time of anxiety for the uncertainty ahead. There may be tears when it comes to saying goodbye to loved ones and friends, especially if the trip is an extended one. A leaving card that injects a dose of humor will lighten the hearts of your traveling friends by breaking the tension, as well as lifting their mood by giving them some chuckles as they go on their way.

“Have a great trip! We’ll miss you! However, all the lovely gifts you’ll bring back will soften the blow – a lot!”

“My face is saying “good for you”, but I’m really saying “I’m green with envy – wish I was going too!” Enjoy, my friend.”

“I’m looking forward to having the house to myself! And don’t worry – I haven’t planned a single party while you’re gone (honest) 🤣.” 

“Let’s hope that you’re better at map reading in the Far East than you are at home! Still, getting lost is all part of the fun, right?”

Messages to tug their heartstrings

Traveling somewhere new and different means big changes for the person who is leaving. And, it goes without saying that you’re going to be without your family, bestie, or partner too. So, a travel card with a touching message lets them know how much you’ll miss them, and how excited you’ll be to see them and hear all their stories when they come back home.

“Very best wishes to you in this next chapter of your life – I’m going to miss you lots but am so excited for you. I hope it’s everything that you wish for.”

“Have a great sabbatical and make memories that will last a lifetime – I’ll be waiting for you to share them with me when you’re home.”

“Bon voyage, my darling – they say absence makes the heart grow fonder so my heart will be bursting by the time you get back!”

“I’ll be missing you every day that you’re away and following all your adventures on Instagram and Facebook, so post lots of pictures. Love you!”

Empower them with supportive messages

With nerves running high as the travel date approaches, a little reassurance and support can go a long way. Let your backpacking buddy know how proud you are of their bravery and sense of adventure. Make sure your bon voyage card mentions all the new experiences they will have to look forward to and how awesome it’s going to be.

“I’m so proud of you for taking the plunge and embarking on this new adventure – have a fabulous time and I’ll be counting the days until I see you again.”

“You’re the most confident person I know and have always dreamed big, so I have no doubt that you’ve got this in the bag. Have an awesome time.”

“No one deserves this trip more than you and I know that you will make the most of every single minute. Have a fantastic time and enjoy the ride.” 

A little quote can sometimes say it best…

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” Helen Keller

“In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.” Lewis Carroll

Keep it plain and simple

The person you’re sending a card to may not be a close friend or family member. Maybe it’s your co-worker, neighbor, or new acquaintance. In this case, you won’t want your message to be too emotional or gushy. Don’t worry, a plain and generic message will still let them know you wish them safe travels and a happy trip.

“All the best for a safe and happy voyage. I look forward to seeing you when you get back.”

“Best wishes to you – I hope you and your family have a great and relaxing vacation.”

“Wishing you both a safe, stress-free, and relaxing journey.”

“Best of luck on your travels and I hope you have a brilliant time.”

Choose the perfect bon voyage design for you

Now you have a good idea of the type of bon voyage message you want to include in your card, you need a design that matches perfectly. You could personalize it by using a picture of the person leaving, or including a selfie of the two of you together – this is always a winner. However, if you’d rather have something more graphically striking, check out TouchNote’s fabulous ready-to-send artwork and choose a congratulations, good luck, or miss you design.

Whether your friend is moving country, taking a gap year, off on an exotic extended vacation, or taking a sabbatical, it’s a life-changing experience. Sending a personalized bon voyage or sabbatical card that expresses your heartfelt wishes for their happiness and reminds them how much you will miss them will give them the support and love they need before beginning this exciting life chapter. Add a small handpicked gift to take with them in their suitcase, like a scented candle or box of truffles, and they’ll leave with a smile on their lips and some pep in their step. 

TouchNote / March 2023
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