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Saying goodbye is something that expatriates have to get used to as visits from friends and family are all too short and trips home infrequent.
While those who live abroad get used to it, the ordeal does not become any easier, writes Victoria Scott as a guest columnist for the Telegraph.
As an expat of four years' experience she has done it many times, saying: "Expat life guarantees an assault course of farewells, demanding a strong constitution, nerves of steel and significant emotional muscle."
She said that her first expat goodbye was actually with her husband, who was moving to Qatar ahead of her and it was not certain when she would join him.
After the emotional strain of this experience and the tears, she decided that in future she would avoid saying goodbye at the airport.
This is useful advice to follow as there is something about the finality of departure gates and the airport atmosphere which makes such farewells more stressful.
It is better to leave on a high note, in a comfortable setting which is more everyday than the airport scenario.
Kelly Johnstone, a long-term expat, told the news provider: "Sometimes I envy people who have remained in the same town their whole lives with family and friends on their doorstep, for whom an airport is about the excitement, the adventure and the holiday.
"The thing is, as an expat it’s not just the end of a holiday that gets you down, it’s having to say goodbye to the people you love most in the world."
It is important to find ways of coping with the situation otherwise it will become a huge emotional strain not just for the expat, but also their nearest and dearest.
If the last thing they saw of their loved one who has moved abroad was them sobbing uncontrollably at the airport they are bound to think that they are unhappy in their new life, which is not good for anyone.
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