1. It marks & celebrates the end of a long separation
With activities and holidays on hold, it often felt like time was standing still during the pandemic. Facing major life events—birthdays, weddings, additions to the family, funerals, graduations—without loved ones made it even worse. And while things are beginning to return to normal thanks to vaccines, for many families, the "time warp" won't truly end until they meet up again.
A reunion trip can be an emphatic milestone for the whole family that the long separation is finally over and we can see and celebrate one another in person once more. As with the rest of the pandemic recovery, the emotional recovery is likely to proceed slowly and gradually, so having a tangible end to isolation can help make it more real.
It's also a great opportunity to catch up on family news. That could mean throwing a belated party for newlyweds and graduates, meeting new members of the family, or remembering those who have passed.