When you are already living in a hybrid reality, where every second meeting is held virtually over Zoom, then physical travel takes on a different aspect. You are no longer separated by physical distance in the same way that you used to be.
You can start a face to face conversation from a thousand miles away, continue that face to face conversation later in the evening from two hundred miles away, and conclude the very next day in the same room as each other — literally face to face.
It is not that we couldn’t do these things before, it is that we didn’t do it so often that it felt like a single continuous conversation. And now it does.