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What to write in a leaving card

Life is full of major milestones, and when a friend or loved one decides that they need a big change, either by moving miles away, changing jobs or traveling for an extended period, you’ll want to wish them all the luck in the world, even though you’ll really miss them. 

A leaving card with a personal message lets them know you wish them every success in their new adventure and that you’re going to miss them when they’re gone.
Commemorating the end of an era and celebrating a new chapter calls for an encouraging and appreciative message in your leaving card, which can be a daunting task. If that’s the case, take the pressure off right now by checking out our essential guide, which gives you handy tips on striking just the right tone for you.

Why should you send a leaving card?

In our lives, we’re constantly saying hello and goodbye to family members, friends, loved ones, and colleagues, as they embark on new adventures and opportunities in their lives. 

Whether it’s close friends, family, colleagues, or your favorite neighbor who is making the move, let them know how much the relationship has meant to you with a leaving card that wishes them every success in the next, exciting chapter of their lives. No matter if the move is career-driven, inspired by wanderlust, or another step toward their home-sweet-home, we have the words to help your message hit the right note.

For colleagues moving on

When colleagues at work decide to move on, the type of leaving card message you write will depend on the relationship you have with them. Did you chat over coffee, meet for lunch, socialize after work, or just exchange a friendly ‘hello’ in the elevator? 

If you are work besties, you’ll want something intimate and perhaps even funny. Try reminiscing over your shared antics from the past years. However, when the relationship is more formal or you don’t know them well, you can keep the message short but sincere, wishing them all the best.

“It’s been a real pleasure working with you. I wish you the very best of luck in your new position.”

“I can’t believe you’re leaving me here in this madhouse – you better have bought cakes or I want my money back.” 

“It’s been great working with you – well, it would have been great if you’d actually done some work!”

“You have been a brilliant and important member of the team – you’re going to be missed.”

For friends going travelling

If your friends or family have decided to travel, you can tell them how excited you are for them with a leaving card that wishes them a fabulous trip. Tell them how much you’ll miss them while they’re away and remind them that keeping in touch is easy. They can even send you custom-made TouchNote postcards from all the incredible, exotic places they visit. 

“Wishing you all the fun and enjoyment possible on this fabulous adventure – don’t forget to send lots of postcards!”

“Missing you already and you haven’t even left yet! Seriously, have a fantastic time and we look forward to hearing all about it when you get back.”

“What an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience – make the most of this wonderful opportunity. I hope it’s everything you’ve dreamed of. Insta everything and come back safe.”

“So happy for you and so jealous! Have a wonderful time and stay in touch.”

For loved ones moving away

From neighbors and housemates to sisters, friends, and loved ones, a cross-country move is a big change that affects everyone around them. By sending a leaving card with a message straight from the heart, you can wish them luck and success. Tell them that no matter the distance, you’re always there for them. And, most important of all, remind them to visit often and soon!

“My favorite sister is moving away – what am I going to do without you? Enjoy this new chapter in your life but come back and visit soon.”

“You have been incredible neighbors. I hope you find lots of success, happiness, and love in your new home – good luck with everything.”

“No matter how far you go, you will be in our hearts and minds. Don’t forget us and you are welcome to come back and see us any time you like.”

Don’t forget the photo

Whatever leaving card you are planning to send, don’t forget to add a photo of the two of you as a souvenir. In that way, they have a piece of you to take with them on their next adventure. 

Pick a photo that shows a happy memory for you both, or one that expresses love and warmth. It’ll remind them that they are never far from your thoughts and give them comfort if homesickness strikes.   

When friends, family, loved ones, or colleagues decide to make a major move to take on new challenges and opportunities, don’t forget to send a leaving card wishing them every success. 

Encourage them not to forget you, reassure them that they’ve got this, and tell them to keep in touch wherever they are in the world. You can also add a small heartfelt gift to take in their suitcase as a thoughtful final touch. 

TouchNote / December 2022
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