Once you start to think of forever, it becomes heartache to say goodbye. Don’t forget that no matter where you are moving there should be access to the Internet and apps like Skype and social media platforms. However, there are a few nice touches or traditions you could adopt so no one forgets you easily.
La Despedida (Goodbye Party)
The Spanish know how to say goodbye in style. They hold a fiesta-like party called a “despedida” where everyone you know is invited to come, bring a dish or bottle of wine and say goodbye to you with smiles and cheers. One neat trick with this tradition is to hold it right before the day of the departure so you won’t have time to feel depressed. The party can even continue on the road in bringing you to the airport or convoy up to the outskirts of town. Of course, there has to be at least one sober person who can drive the car.
Send A Card
In the 1960s and 1970s it was a tradition and proper etiquette to print out cards about your move. The details would include your forwarding address and sometimes a short, personal note to the recipient. We don’t see this tradition done as often because of the convenience of the Internet but it would still be a nice gesture to send out printed cards with your new contact details.
Giving Goodbye Tokens
Buying small tokens of your appreciation and giving them to special friends and neighbors will be meaningful and unexpected. The token can be a keychain, picture frame with your photo, something religious or spiritual like a book, or a something as inexpensive as a bookmark. There are no limits to what this token can be and it can be something you made or an item that will remind them of happy times together.