40+ Leaving Card Messages for Friends for Every Occasion

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A journey into the sunset

Saying farewell to a good friend can be difficult. Especially when you know you’re not going with them on their journey. They might be travelling the globe, moving to another school, or they could just be changing jobs. Nonetheless, it’s an exciting transition for a friend, so it’s important to show your support!

We know there are a lot of emotions running around when you have to say goodbye to a friend. That’s why at Thankbox, we take the stress of organising a group card and gift off your hands.

Let’s take a look at the different types of goodbye cards out there and what you should include, so you’re confident when handing yours to your friend.

What are Goodbye Cards for Friends?

Goodbye cards are a simple way of saying farewell and should include words of encouragement and support. If you’re stuck for ideas on what to include, our article on what to write in a leaving card should give you some inspiration! Alternatively, we have some suggestions for you further down in this article!

Why Are Goodbye Messages for a Friend Important? 

It Shows You Support Their Decisions

We always want the best for our friends and support them as much as possible. Although you’ll probably miss them and might not agree with their decision to leave, a goodbye card proves that their happiness is in your best interest. If you’re wondering how to get started on sending a goodbye card to your friend, check out our farewell cards

It Confirms Your Relationship

A small act of kindness, like giving your friend a goodbye card, shows how much they really mean to you. They’ll be going through a lot of change right now, so by giving them a goodbye card, they’ll be reassured they have such a great friend to support them.

It’s A Way for You to Share Memories and Good Times

Sometimes it’s hard to naturally discuss the funny, happy, and exciting times you both once shared. Putting them in a goodbye card gives your friend the memories to look back on after they leave you.

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Leaving Card Message Ideas for Friends

Short and Sweet Leaving Card Messages for Friends

  • So long! We’ll miss you

  • Good luck on your next adventure!

  • See ya later alligator

  • It’s about time!

  • Bon voyage!

  • You’re leaving! Can I come to?

  • All the best!

  • Keep in touch.

  • Wishing you luck in your next endeavours.

  • Life just won’t be the same without you!

  • Don’t forget to stay in touch. We wish you all the best!

  • Farewell to my partner in crime

  • Although you’re starting a new chapter, promise not to forget us?

  • May success follow wherever you go

  • Wishing you joy & happiness as your new chapter begins

  • I’m happy for you but sad you’re leaving!

Leaving Card Messages for a Friend Off Travelling

  • Money spent on travel is never wasted!

  • See the world and take me in spirit.

  • Have fun annoying all the locals!

  • I can’t wait to hear about all your stories when you return.

  • Please come back with plenty of memories to share.

  • Leave behind your stress and worries and enjoy your trip.

  • I’m thrilled that you’re going travelling! Be safe and have fun.

  • Do they let hooligans into their country?

  • Make the most out of your trip, good luck!

  • I wish you a very safe and fulfilling journey abroad!

  • You’re going to have the trip of a lifetime so enjoy every second of it!

  • Wishing you an amazing adventure and all the very best on your travels.

  • Have an amazing year abroad!

Goodbye Messages for A Friend Moving Away

  • You’re off to great places

  • Cheers to the next chapter in your life

  • The world is your oyster

  • Your adventure starts here

  • Good luck on your new adventure

  • Don’t forget your passport!

  • Safe travels

  • I wish I could fly to see you

  • Distance doesn’t mean a thing when a bond is this strong.

  • You're about to show everyone in the new city what a strong and loving person is.

Funny Leaving Messages for Friends

  • I never liked you anyway!

  • Please don’t go until we hold a celebratory party.

  • Heard you’re leaving. Even the little birdie is a gossiping witch.

  • Since we found out you were leaving, we’ve been deciding on who to give your room to.

  • It’s ridiculous that you’re leaving because our incompetence is going to really show now.

  • When you’re missing us, remember how you would roll your eyes at us most days.

  • We all came together to get you this card because, well, it’s all we could afford.

  • When you leave, people are going to wonder where the troublemaker went.

  • Please don’t move away, I need you to blame my antics on.

  • Stars always move on…so why are you going anywhere?

  • I would miss you but we have Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok and FaceTime. Will we ever really be free of each other?

Famous Quotes to Include in Your Goodbye Message

  • “Love the life you live. Live the life you love” - Bob Marley

  • “Kid, you’ll move mountains! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!” - Dr. Seuss

  • “Live for each second without hesitation” - Elton John

  • “Life is a ticket to the greatest show on earth” - Martin H. Fischer

  • “Farewell! God knows when we shall meet again” - William Shakespeare

  • “If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello” - Paul Coelho

  • “Goodbye always makes my throat hurt” - Charlie Brown

  • “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go” - Oscar Wilde

Get it Right with Thankbox

We know saying goodbye is hard and when it’s your friend, they only deserve the best. So, to make sure your friend has a great send-off and receives everyone’s well wishes, why not create a group Thankbox for everyone to leave a heartfelt message?

You can include your own personal words of luck and choice of photo, GIF or video so they can re-read your messages and relive your memories wherever they are in the world.

Anyone can contribute to the goodbye Thankbox and add their own personal message for your friend. Get started on your farewell message, by creating a Thankbox today! 

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