As most of us know from experience, traveling en-famille involves a considerably diverse skill set in order to accomplish travel goals, attempt to have a good time all-around and successfully return home together without having lost ones hair (significant other, offspring etc) or marbles entirely.
Writer Andrew O'Hagan hits the nail on the head in his article Party of One, in The New York Times Magazine's May Travel Issue.
"Every vacation is an ego trip for somebody," he writes. "It's just that in families the person actually commanding the ego trip has to pretend he or she is running a functioning democracy. (And vacations, like failed states, are always run by one person.) People argue so much on vacation because the occasion so often falls short of the desire: the desire is for rest, peace, no pressure and a sense of being away from one's usual self, and your average family holiday sets fire in a comic sequence to each of these high hopes."
O'Hagan presents a passionate case for traveling alone: "You lift pictures of loved ones from your suitcase and place them gingerly on the bedside cabinet and blow them a kiss. Then you take off your shoes and die of bliss," he writes.
If the closest you're likely to get to solo adventuring this summer is a camp-out in the backyard, do take a few minutes to indulge in some vicarious solo missions in O'Hagan's excellent article before you get back to the drawing board, hours on expedia, negotiating itineraries with various family members, checking everyone's passports haven't expired, finding a cat sitter....
Aahh, summer travels. Where are you headed?