Camcorder Wooter Wisdom

Searching for buy recommendations on 1080p HDD camcorder for a 2 week trip outside U.S. Need good battery life, no worry about HDD crash of once-in-lifetime trip vids and pix. Will be first non-tape camcorder but want to save some $$ since Flash mem will be next buy but they’re too expensive right now. Thanks!

I don’t have any specific recommendations as I haven’t bought one myself in years but I do find the reviews at NewEgg very helpful.