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Airport Hellos and Goodbyes

Airport Hellos and Goodbyes

If you think about it, airports really are a microcosm of life itself.  People from all walks of life and culture can be found everywhere from those that are doing the actual travelling to the ones that are sending people off or waiting to pick up a friend or loved one.  You wouldn’t know it at first glance but each person you pass has some story of love, sorrow, and friendship.


Time almost moves at its own pace here.  It’s when you have to say goodbye and hello where things crawl to a standstill.  In some ways the moment drags on forever, not knowing what to say or not wanting to let go from that embrace to cling to the moment.

The most vivid memory of saying goodbye was when I was 10 years old.  My aunt from Hong Kong was in Toronto for a month and we spent the time showing her the city and spending time with my grandparents.  It was her first time here.  After several weeks here, it was finally time for her to leave.  She checked in her bags and that moment finally came – the dreadful goodbye.  I remember choking up when tried to say something meaningful but in the end, all I could get out was a simple “goodbye”.  I cried and cried but didn’t know why.  The thought of someone leaving and never seeing them for a long time was painful and overwhelmingly sad.


On the other side, I have to say that all of my arrival stories are much more uplifting.  I can remember countless times where those double doors slide open into the arrivals hall and like a game of Where’s Waldo, scanning the crowd to find my Mom.  We make eye contact and all of a sudden that travel fatigue wears off, you catch that smile, and there’s that sigh of relief in your head where you go “I’m finally home”.  It’s one of the best feelings in the world.

This winter, Hello Goodbye captures similar stories  for their 30 minute TV show.  If stories like mine strike a tone with you and can relate, I highly recommend you to check it out!  The trailer can be found below and from the looks of it, it’s going to be an intense and emotional rollercoaster.  Warning:  keep a box of tissues close by.

CBC’s Hello Goodbye


Why you need to watch Hello Goodbye

“Bustling airport arrival and departure terminals see thousands of people every day, and each and every traveller has a unique story to tell. Host Dale Curd meets people from all walks of life who are in the midst of welcoming home or saying goodbye to their loved ones. He witnesses heartwarming, emotional moments that demonstrate the universal themes of love, loss, family, friendship, grief, and joy through each intimate story of arrival and departure.”

How to tune in

  • Channel:  CBC
  • January 8 – March 11, 2016
  • Fridays at 8:30PM with an encore presentation on Tuesdays at 7PM
  • 10 episodes
  • 30 minutes long

Go deeper

Head over to the Hello Goodbye page and for each episode, you’ll be able to go behind the scenes and get deeper insight into the stores that are showcased.

Sneak peek

Join the Conversation

Have a touching airport story you want to share?  Join the conversation by following @cbchellogoodbye and use hashtag #HelloGoodbye.  I challenge you to think of your airport story.

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Airport Hellos and Goodbyes

Photos: Hello Goodbye

About Will Tang

Will is a travel blogger writing for Going Awesome Places. Since quitting his consulting job in 2012 he's been travelling the world and along the way writing about his epic adventures and taking amazing photos. His true passion lies in telling stories, inspiring others to travel, writing detailed trip itineraries for others to follow and providing helpful tips and tricks to travel better. Also the founder behind Travel Blog Breakthrough and freelance writer for Hipmunk and currently working on the #‎HipmunkCityLove Project.

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