05-29-2014 07:30 AM
Best is a matter of opinion.
However, you probaby cannot go wrong with any Canon, Nikon or Sony. I or a family member has owned all three brands and we have all been very happy.
I gave my father a Sony for Christmas and he loves it. I would look for one with a good optical zoom.
For travel you may also want to look at one that uses AA batteries. I don' t use one but they are nice so you can get batteries almost anywhere. I normally carry a second fully charged battery when I leave in the morning.
Other features I like in a travel camera are ones that will boot up fast.