What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when I say the word ‘Hippies’… I know the image that would come to your mind would be long braided haired men with tangled beards and garlands around the neck and wearing just a pair of bottoms or a t-shirt, with a guitar in one hand and cigar in the other.
The Hippie culture dates back to the 60’s which also gave rise to the word ‘the flower movement’ where some free soul people and wanderers moved around the world without any worldly attachments started a new Revolutionary Era called the Hippie Revolution and how it still exists in this fast world of social media. So, what does one do if you want to experience this kind of life, well, it’s very simple travel the world and see the ‘Hippie destinations’
EL BOLSON, ARGENTINA
El Bolson is the place where the Hippies started their movement in the 1970’s and till today is their most favourite place. Nestled between mountain ranges, El Bolson is a tiny village with lush greenery and farms and which attracts hippies all round the world. This sleepy place has an abundance of hikes with comfortable hostels to live in and laze around in the farms gulping down great beers. A backpacker’s delight, one should not miss out the ‘bosque tallado’, an uphill forest wood art when on a visit here.
Painted all over in blue colour, Chefchaouen in Morocco is the perfect place to enjoy the hippie atmosphere. The town is for all those people who are hippie at heart but are in hiding, so all they need is to take a walk around this town and just be yourself, doing nothing! A destination where people come in to take a break from their monotonous life, Chefchaouen has magic in air with its local music and essence of marijuana. It’s a cheap colourful city, a hub for hippies which is like a heaven for these free souls. So, next time unravel this funky town too when you visit Morocco.
Tagged as the best hippie destination in USA, the city really shows the hippie culture and the bohemian lifestyle at the best. As soon as you enter the town, one can see the funkiest people roaming around in the city and the air is filled with marijuana smell. You can also enjoy a little bit of this lifestyle by living in the hippie style huts and enjoy the amalgamation of the global cultures and the wilderness in the air. At Eugene, one can just be as wild as one wants to be without being questioned or looked down upon.
Think Australia and think seas and clear skies, but Nimbin, a tiny village of this island continent is one place which is a heaven for hippies and where the culture is still striving. Hippies all over the world come to Nimbin in search of free love, free soul, peace, positivity and fun. It has the perfect blend of freshness and fun and where one can let yourself loose and just soak in all the wilderness.
The hippie culture in Spain dates back to the 60’s when it was surrounded by creative thinkers, free wanderers, all enjoying the culture of the soulful atmosphere. Ibiza is not only about blaring music in nightclubs but it’s of late become a major hippie destination of the world with a bohemian atmosphere which can only be enjoyed when you visit that place. Everything is hippie like the food, the clothes, the lifestyle and thus making you a hippie at heart. If you want to live and feel hippie, Ibiza is the place to be.
Situated among the Himalayas, the small Hindu country of Nepal is the hotspot for all hippies round the globe. People having a love for mountaineering throng this beautiful country and immerse themselves in the hippie culture. With peace and spiritualism being the basis, Kathmandu offers positive vibes along with nice Nepali music and flowing unlimited marijuana. Come visit this hilly snow land of free life and get rejuvenated.
The smallest state of India is also the most colourful state with regard to its lifestyle. Goa is a heaven for youngsters who love to indulge and live a hippie lifestyle. The beautiful beaches and the colourful carnivals all having a little Portuguese influence along with a bohemian culture charms everyone who visit this place. With its street markets selling everything and anything along with live hippie music and dance, make Goa the ultimate place to just lay down near the sea and enjoy a nice sun tan with beer in one hand and a platter of seafood and smoking marijuana.
Nelson the bohemian town of Canada is also known as the Pot capital with its carefree lifestyle. It’s also a paradise for hippies who enjoy spending their time singing, dancing and being merry in the beautiful and colourful streets of Nelson. Nelson has many heritage structures and quaint coffee shops which shows the blend between a bohemian lifestyle and a modern living. This small town has such a natural charisma that one falls in love in this magical environment.
Amsterdam in Netherlands is the hippest city in the whole of Europe thanks to its liberal drug policies and freedom of expression. This place with its flowing hash and marijuana cakes, green open spaces, quirky pubs and free lifestyle embrace all the hippies and make them a part of their life with open hearts and arms. So, Amsterdam should be the place for your hippie lifestyle.
Remember the 60’s and apart from the civil war, the other thing that comes to one’s mind is the Hippie movement which started in Guatemala among the peace and spiritualism of the country which most people came to seek. Panajachel in Guatemala has many hippie travellers thronging this town which has big marketplaces that loudly and clearly shout the Boho culture and makes the city exquisite and unique.
Although the hippie culture has somewhat declined ever since the 60’s, some places on Planet Earth still want to preserve it and show the world what living freely, without inhibitions means. So, make your bucket list, pack your bags and just visit them before it’s too late… Happy ‘Hippie’ Journey!