I'm taking my first real international trip from the US to Spain for 9 days with just my girlfriend (late 20's). We are staying in a hostel, an AirBnb, and a small family owned hotel all with private rooms. Each of us is taking a 'carry on' sized suitcase and a backpack. I'm taking the dedicated photography photography backpack: a recently acquired Clik Elite Probody Sport. I upgraded from the Clik Elite Compact Sport so that I could fit my camera gear in the bottom section and reserve the top section for other items (guide books, maps, etc.). We will be spending 3 days in Barcelona, 3 days in Granada, and 3 days in Madrid. We have absolutely nothing planned besides a tour of the Alhambra and a tour of the Sagrada Familia. I hear the museums in Madrid are great so we will probably check some of those out. We like to eat and drink and I'm sure will mostly be walking as our hotels are all in downtown type areas. Barcelona is near Las Ramblas, Granada is in El Albacin, Madrid is in the inner city. Any other tips besides getting lost in the cities will be welcomed. Since we only have two full days in each city (and a half day w/ travel) I don't know if we will do any day trips out of the city unless one of you convinces me
This is what camera gear I own:
Canon 17-55 f2.8
Sigma 30 f1.4
Canon 430EX II flash
Canon 18-55 (kit)
Canon 55-250 (kit)
I also rented a Canon 10-22 for indoor wide angles.
We are only taking one camera - if my girlfriend wants to take pictures we will just share (unlikely given past traveling experience). I find the quality and features of the 70D to outweigh the weight savings of the Rebel T3i so that will be my main body. My 17-55 is a no-brainer walk around lens. I rented the 10-22 specifically for indoor shots of some of the beautiful buildings we are going to so that is going as well. Do you think the 30 f1.4 is worth it as I've got the space and it is pretty light? I probably won't take the flash because I suck with flashes. I don't see any reason to lug along the 70-300L although I love that lens and I bet I miss the reach at some point in time.
The Clik Elite has a waist strap and chest strap, and I've got a Black Rapid camera sling so I should be able to comfortably carry my stuff around all day. The most common thing I hear is that people need to watch out for thieves. I live in Washington DC and I'm not too worried about it here, even with all my camera gear.
I guess I'm really just looking for some confirmation on my thinking here... and any other Spain tips anyone has