Amazing Places Cost Nothing
The New Golden Age of Authentic Travel
- ISBN 9780500516744
- 23.00 x 23.00 cm
- PLC (with jacket)
- 247 Illustrations, 247 in colour
- First published 2013
‘Examined through illuminating photographs and candid prose, it’s a celebration of the gems to be found away from the big-name brands that dominate the market’ – Traveller Magazine
‘Herbert Ypma’s exploration of undiscovered hotels across the world boasts dizzying landscapes that will make you yell “I want to go there!” with barely concealed lust. With detailed descriptions of the 30 boutique resorts and guesthouses and their surrounds,this isn’t just a volume of pretty pictures’ – Food & Travel
Authentic travel is deeply emotive, enduringly memorable and has nothing to do with money
From the originator of the bestselling HIP Hotels® series comes a book that will once again revolutionize our approach to travel. Amazing Places Cost Nothing is a call for a return to the old-fashioned adventure of authentic travel.
In an age in which monolithic global brands dominate, and the world’s leading destinations are all beginning to look very much alike, Herbert Ypma offers an inspiring alternative, insisting that the most amazing places in the world intrinsically cost nothing – and the most exciting and authentic places to stay while you see them don’t cost much more.
Drawing on more than twenty years of experience travelling the globe, Ypma presents a handpicked selection of thirty of the most interesting undiscovered hotels, guesthouses and resorts in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. These are places with real personality, free of branding, signposts and tourist hordes – places whose magic has nothing to do with money and everything to do with natural beauty, adventure and romance.
Some offer surprisingly inexpensive and characterful lodging in famous destinations such as Bali, Palm Springs and the south of France, while others provide bases for exploring off-the-beaten-track locations such as Laos, Uruguay and the Australian Outback. En route, Ypma regales the reader with the true stories of how he stumbled upon each of his astonishing hidden gems. Those of a nervous disposition be warned: these include a harrowing ride through a crocodile-infested mangrove swamp and a run-in with the US Border Patrol on a notorious drug-runners’ route from Mexico.
Let this book inspire you to forge your own unforgettable memories in a fascinating collection of hidden paradises around the world.
Herbert Ypma is a bestselling author and photographer whose groundbreaking HIP Hotels® series inspired an entirely new genre of travel publishing. His many other books include Maison: Christian Liaigre and RSVP: Simple Sophistication, Effortless Entertaining.