Depends on your budget, the two you mentioned will be rather large to take on your travels if you go for, what many consider the minimum useful aperture of 6”.
Do you want to feel your way around the sky ( if so, there are good books available to help you) or do you want a computerised or “GoTo” telescope? Is your interest the moon, planets, deep space ( galaxies, star clusters etc)
Once you have worked out these, start looking.
A dobsonian will give you the biggest aperture for your money and you can get collapsible ones to help with transport.
Colin’s recommendation of the Meade ETX 80 is an excellent choice. I started serious stargazing with a Meade ETX 125 and have had a few changes till I ended up with the two telescopes I have now, a Meade LX90 ACF 8” and a Celestron NexStar Evolution 6”
Have a look at some retailers to see what’s on offer. Many are only too happy to give advice and I can recommend Telescope House and First Light Optics as I have used them both many times.
I was thinking around £300 -£350 max for my first telescope
I wasn’t sure about the GoTo telescopes,although they sound wonderful I did wonder if for a beginner it might be better to ‘feel my way around’ first ...any thoughts?
Will look at those recommended and the sites mentioned.
I would get a go-to first, there is so much to look at and if you are travelling with it, you will see a lot more in a shorter space of time. You will also learn quite a bit about the night sky.
When you get more proficient, buy a 10” dobsonian and a copy of “ Turn left at Orion”