If you're on assignment it's a no-brainer, but when you're on holiday do you take your tripod? I can't count the number of times I've taken mine and not ended up using it. Or had my wife look at me angrily as I try to squeeze it into the suitcase between the kids' socks and toothbrushes!
But I invariably take it. This time I made things a little easier for myself in the getting yelled at department by taking said tripod in a padded bag all of its own which I could check in. I have a very old Manfrotto tripod that has seen more countries than most people I know! And it has the scratches and dings to show for it but I love it and would never think of replacing it.
Anyway, this trip I managed to put my tripod to good use. This is the view from the top of our hotel - the Legacy Suites - in downtown Sukhumvit, looking along Soi 29. As you look out over the city you can see the BTS skytrain in the middle foreground. Often the train would speed past so all I got is blurred lights, but every so often it would stop just there for a couple of minutes so I could take its photo. How considerate of it! And a car going down the alley to boot.
So yes, I always take my tripod. I don't always use it, and I often get dirty looks but it's my constant travel companion.