The best lens is the one that gets the job done. The Phoblographer recently compiled a list of their 5 favorite Sony lenses for travel photographers under $1,000.
"Are you looking for extreme versatility and convenience with a single larger, slower lens? or do you want a better image quality and versatility in lighting conditions, at the expense of having to change out lenses to change up your field of view? Regardless of what you decide, we have shared some great options..."
To see why each of thee lenses made the cut, see the full article at thephoblographer.com