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Reconnection Travel

Why do you travel?

I realize it’s an unfair question. I can’t really answer it myself. There are so many reasons: the joy of the new, the thrill of the unfamiliar, the fun of the challenge, the indulgence of relaxation, the beauty of nature, the even bigger beauty of people.

Since the pandemic, one reason has risen to the top: the chance to reconnect.

After a tough few years, people are going out into the world again with real excitement, and with purpose. They’re not just traveling because they can (but oh how nice that we can!); they’re also traveling because they’ve been missing something—and now they’re finding it again in what’s become known as “reconnection travel.” They may aim to bond with family, honor their heritage, or learn about their culture—what we might call “traveling your roots.” Or they might want to celebrate special occasions and create new, meaningful memories.

My own approach to trips has shifted, too: Whenever I can, I want to be with friends and family. That’s why I’ll be in northern England with college mates this spring, in the Poconos with my extended family this summer, and in New Mexico with old friends from a volunteer program this fall.

But I’m much less interesting than the 11 celebrities we interviewed in our new series of Reconnection Travel stories. In addition, contributor Sunshine Flint tells the tale of her family’s recent adventure through rural Denmark, searching for clues about her husband’s ancestry and the proper pronunciation of his last name. And Lindsey Tramuta introduces us to Sarah Ben Romdane, who returned home to her family’s fifth-generation olive farm in Tunisia to help tell the world about her country’s artisanal olive oil.

What about you? How will you use travel to reconnect—and where will it take you? —Billie Cohen, executive editor

This summer, the travel TV host is reconnecting with a dozen family members on a cruise around Norway.
In a year of reconnection travel, the loveable travel icon is all about returning the affection. Ask him about his Uncle Thor in Norway.
The Rome-based culinary writer and guide is planning her travels around good food and her family’s history in Italy.
The artist, producer, and composer has found home again but is also dreaming of distant destinations. And tacos.
The travel writer and photographer looks forward to honoring past relationships and finding new perspectives in familiar places.
The comedian and star of “American Born Chinese” loves his mom and dad.
When you lose an ø, does it make a sound? Distanced from their history in Denmark, a family road-trips through Jutland to find their home, their family, and the proper pronunciation of their name.
And she can’t help but listen. The poet who read at President Obama’s inauguration is now heading up an arts foundation, and she’s traveling to connect with the creators they support.
In her travels, the “New York Times"–bestselling novelist has found comfort for grief and inspiration for writing.
This physicist who studies the history of the universe is dreaming of ways to return to her own origins here on Earth.
The author of “Wordslut” and “Cultish” recognizes the healing power of long, slow, solo travel.