Just a quick question to anyone who has gone to Australia on the 'farewell UK flight', or anyone elses thoughts on this. We have been thinking how emotional the departure from UK will be for us and our children who will be leaving their home, family, friends and everything they know behind. Our thoughts have been to ask family not to come to the airport to say goodbye as this can be done before we leave. We are planning a get together so everyone we know can come round say goodbye, good luck etc. We are thinking that we would like to leave without our children going through the painful airport hysteria as we walk through the departure gate seeing our families upset. Does this make me sound as though I am depriving our families of their 'last goodbye' or should I consider our feelings? I know this will be an emotive topic but just wanted to know what others have done, what they felt at the time and how they have reflected on the goodbye and if they wished they had the big airport goodbye or glad they did/didn't or wished that they hadn't bothered.
Interested to know others experiences and feelings.