Amazing Places Cost Nothing The New Golden Age of Authentic Travel

Herbert Ypma

Rediscovering the joys of authentic travel through thirty little-known travel destinations free of branding, signposts, and tourists

In a world where package tours and international brands make the leading destinations begin to look alike, the thrill of discovery is in danger of disappearing from travel. Written by travel expert Herbert Ypma, who has traveled the globe, this book will change the way we envision the perfect vacation.

Some 300 photographs capture thirty hidden gems from around the world. Ranging from a dusty working cattle ranch in Arizona to Brazil’s best deserted beach to a secluded island paradise off the coast of the French Riviera, these locations offer priceless adventure and beauty—especially because they are relatively inexpensive to visit. Often the best part of the trip is getting there, and Ypma tells engaging stories about how he stumbled upon each place.


Ypma excels at culling, curating and cropping his photographs to convey the essence of each hotel and its surroundings.

— Passport Magazine

Designed to appeal to international tourists who want a less mass-produced vacation.

— Protoview


Herbert Ypma


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 RSVP: Simple Sophistication, Effortless Entertaining and Amazing Places Cost Nothing.