Who needs hotels when you can stay with the locals - often for less? With a homestay, you pitch up with a family and get a taste of life you'd never find in a five-star resort, plus instant insider knowledge.
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- Collecting lots of momentos and keeping them in a safe place
- Creating an online photo album and sharing with friends
- Keeping my personal digital photo collection to look back to
- Not really bothered about photos or momentos, the memories are in my head