We may receive a commission on purchases made from links.

The Best Cameras For Solo Travelers

Heading out there alone? You’re going to need a great, convenient way to record all the memories.

When you go on a trip, part of the fun is keeping a memory of it and having the right camera can make a big difference. Here's what to consider as you look for the right camera.

GoPro HERO9 Black
If you travel alone but still want to share every moment, choose the device that was built to stream. | GoPro

Start with format. Action cams are best for video, burst snapshots, and rugged terrain, while fixed-lens cameras, also called "point-and-shoots," offer more control without requiring a lot of infrastructure.

Dragon Touch 4K Action Camera
If you're new to capturing images and video below the surface, this will do wonders for showing you the ropes. | Dragon Touch

Check to see what the camera is built for. Action cams will generally be able to handle getting wet, dusty, or dropped better, but if you'll mostly be hitting the tourist spots, a point-and-shoot will be easier to manage.

Canon PowerShot SX420 Digital Camera
It's not always as simple as snapping pics with your phone. Sometimes you want the memories to be extra special. | Canon

Connectivity features are useful as well. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC functionality will make it easier to sort, upload, and delete photos from an app, and access features like timers and preview modes through your phone.

Lecran 4K Video Camera Camcorder
Your following will appreciate the extra steps taken in providing the best quality streaming. | Lecran

If you'll be out in the wild, or just curious what visits your hotel in paradise, look for a camera with infrared (IR) capability. It's especially fun to use when you pair it with time lapse, so you can see who visits the cabin or balcony.

Nikon COOLPIX B600 16MP 60x Opt. Zoom Wi-Fi Digital Camera Black
Photography is an artform, first and foremost, so you should really try to get the most of your devices. | Nikon

If you'll be at a distance from what you want to shoot, look for a point-and-shoot with a strong zoom lens. Get one with an optical zoom, where you get up close by adjusting the lens, instead of a digital, as the optical zoom offers a cleaner image.