Whether By Land or Air
If you’re flying, find out about your airline’s luggage restrictions in advance. Carryons are usually limited to one 22-by-14-by-9-inch bag and one other personal item, like a small knapsack or computer case. I used to sidestep these rules all the time, but those days are long gone. If your bag is too large, assume that you’ll have to check it and you’ll want to think twice about checking any easy-to-damage item like a telescope. If you would feel uncomfortable throwing the package around, it doesn't belong in airline luggage.
And be aware of the weight limits. I was once charged a fee because one of my equipment cases was over the 50-pound-per-item maximum. Had I split the gear between two smaller cases, I would have escaped the fee! The moral? Call the airline beforehand to find what policies apply.
Finally, if you're taking a scope out of the country, make sure you either register it with Customs before leaving, or bring along receipts to prove that you bought the gear locally. You don't want to have to pay an import duty on something you didn't buy on the trip!
Small Scopes Deliver Big Views
Some telescopes will yield sharper images than others, usually at higher cost. But all will do the job. And, when you’re at home, issues like portability become less important, so consider getting a larger, sturdier mount for use in the backyard. Refractors and compound telescopes can also provide excellent daytime views of terrestrial objects with the addition of an inexpensive erecting prism. Birders, take note!
Remember: there is no one "perfect" telescope, so stop looking for it. Rather, evaluate your needs and budget, act accordingly, and then start packing.