Chris want to bust the zoom myth when your traveling. The more you zoom the less light you get, so the camera deals with an image that is both darker and slower. And often you will end up shooting wide open, which doesn't always perform best. Most pros use smaller zooms and primes that don't zoom at all. A smaller, more compact zoom will do best when traveling.
There's also the "no zoom holds" myth. You don't have to overlap your zooms because 80% of you shots are done at the extreme range. You can always walk forward or backward to compensate. Interchangeable lenses don't guarantee the best quality, either. A good zoom point and shoot does a great job too. Leo agreed saying that point and shoots have really improved. And camera phones have as well.
Don't forget our current assignment …. FLAT! Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "flat" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "flat" as well! If Chris likes it, it could end up on our next photo segment!