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Subject: Travel Advice
From: "Admin Australian Nature Sounds" eric=
Date: Sat Dec 7, 2013 9:57 pm ((PST))

Hi all,

I am going on a field recording trip to Bali and Borneo in January/February=
. In preparation for this I wanted to ask for some of your collective advic=
e on a number of things.

I am getting my second shot of vaccinations this week and have organised tr=
avel insurance so these bases are covered. I've got a solid backup strategy=
 in place and plenty of batteries in the hand luggage. My gear is insured a=
gainst accidents and theft/mugging and all important documents are scanned =
and stored in my Dropbox account.
I know it is probably not the best time of year with it being the wet seaso=
n, however, this is the only time that I can go, so I have to make the best=
 of it. Some roads, especially in the remote areas, are possibly going to b=
e hard going and I just wanted to check from your experience whether hiring=
 a 4WD and going into those areas is in fact worth the effort and cost invo=
lved or whether I am just as well off staying on accessible roads.

What are your experiences with recording during the wet/rainy season? What =
kind of animals can I expect? Are there more or less sounds to be captured =
or just different ones?

Any recommendations on getting around? Do you hire a guide with a car or do=
 you just hire a car yourselves?

How much do you plan ahead and how much do you do spontaneous?
Do you prefer to book ahead or see where the journey takes you?
While I like the latter way to travel and discover areas that are not in th=
e Lonely Planet or any other travel book, I sometimes feel that I might be =
losing valuable time. Am I?

What are your primary sources for identifying good recording spots (good me=
aning little to no anthrophony, lots of bird and animal sounds)?

Have you got any friendly contacts in the above locations that you would be=
 willing to share?

I look forward to hearing your thoughts :)


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