I must admit I would be a bit wary taking a camera that I was not that familiar with away on holidays leaving behind my normal camera. I have an XPan and I love it, but it did take me a while to change my sense of composition in order to take good shots with it. Vertical shots are quite difficult and not every landscape lends itself to that format. But once you get use to it you will find that your whole approach to composition will change in order to accomodate the XPan. I would advise checking out Flickr to see examples of XPan work. Good luck with your camera and enjoy your holidays.