Before someone you know goes on a trip, such as a flight, it is polite to wish them a safe journey. In English, one might use some variation of "safe travels" or "have a safe trip". In Judaism, a person recites Tefilat HaDerech for his or herself, a prayer for a safe journey.

Is there a formal or traditional farewell (perhaps a bracha) that one can give to someone before they leave on a trip?

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    צאתכם לשלום Go towards peace note that the usage of the lamed rather than the bais. Whan someone uses the bais, it implies wishing the person a peaceful death as in the English Rest in peace Commented Nov 23, 2021 at 0:53
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    @sabbahillel sefaria.org/… Commented Nov 23, 2021 at 1:04
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    לחיים ולשלום (15 char)
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    I've heard "Derech Tzleicha", may you have a successful route, don't know if it's only Hebrew or Jewish too
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  • @sabbahillel Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/20560
    – Fred
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There is a minhag to give someone 'shlichus mitzva gelt' to give to tzedakka when they arrive in their destination. This comes from the chazal 'Shluchay mitzvah eino nezakin', someone who is a messenger to do a mitzvah will not come to harm.


Since it says הנפרד מחברו יפרד ממנו מתוך דבר הלכה, the Ben Ish Chai - Parshas Eikev 18 says that one who is going to travel you should say י'חיד ו'רבים ה'לכה כ'רבים

ויכוין ראשי תיבות שם יוה"כ המסוגל לשמירת הדרך שרמוז זה בסופי תיבות כ'י מלאכי'ו יצו'ה ל'ך

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