As a photographer, I prefer to use a tripod for travel shots – particularly landscapes. For shots taken early in the morning, or late at night, having a solid platform to keep the camera steady for long exposures is a must.
Choosing a tripod can be a quite a personal thing for photographers. Everyone has their favourite style or brand.
I have a number of great tripods of different styles which are solid but mostly are pretty heavy as well as cumbersome.