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May 14, 2009

Photo of the Day: Boy in Bali

Bali Boy

Dream Trip 2009 is well under way! For inspiration, here's a new entry that caught our eye:

Travel pictures of local children can be tricky. Snaps can be so sentimental that they become sappy. Or, if the photos capture poor living conditions, the images can seem exploitative.

Bboykin's Dream Trip entry, Laughing Balinese Boy, keeps away from both danger zones. In this frame, Bboykin shows us a youth whose happiness is infectious.

"Visiting Bali, my husband and I stopped at a temple where people were preparing offerings for a festival," reads the Dream Trip entry. "In addition to preparing food, flowers, and fruits, the women were socializing, the men playing cards, and the children running around playing games. Everyone was friendly and smiling as they invited us to enter and take pictures of the happy occasion. The children vied for our attention, the boys trying out their few words of English and giggling with delight when we answered. This little boy was especially animated, and he expressed for us the openness and warmth we encountered everywhere among the Balinese people."

Share your travel photos and memories in our 2009 Dream Trip Contest. You could be just a few clicks away from a $25,000 trip to anywhere you choose.

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