Are you tired of seeing what's going around you? Are you anti-establishment? Do you believe in going against the tide? Do you feel suffocated with the weird rules and regulations imposed by the world? Do you want to show the middle finger to the world?
Then, you are a hippie at heart.
The hippie culture, which began in 1960s in San Francisco, USA, is a counter culture, which refuses to accept norms of the establishment, whether it is government, society, lifestyle, culture and even, thinking.
Being hippies means you have absolute freedom to do anything you want on earth - like get high on drugs (LSDs, Marijuana etc.), experiment with sex, put on quirky, colourful clothes, dance like crazy, and be on travel all the time.
Being a hippie also means being in love with yourself.
And it boils down to freedom and reaching a state, where you can just be yourself. It is a rebellious state where you reject everything that's keeping a grip on you.
Being a hippie is a revolution unto yourself. Finally, you realise the futility of the worldly matters and decide to sing and dance and just be happy, without having any material possession.
This is what, my one of the favourite writers, Albert Camus said -
"The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion."
It boils down to finding your own way, being on your own. These 15 destinations will let you break free from the world, and let you celebrate your hippiness.
In 1960s, artists and designers flocked Ibiza, Spain, to celebrate the idea of 'being hippie'. The place had a whimsical atmosphere and hippy vibes, which attracted tourists from across the world.
The place is still the most sought after hippie destination for its surreal markets, people and ambiance. Everything here reflects what a hippie stands for. This makes it the No.1 hippie destination.
Goa is the smallest state of India, yet the most happening and vibrant one. The state is a lively mix of Bohemian culture with a Portuguese legacy. Even after 69 years of independence, the state maintains its Portuguese touch, with beautiful churches and exotic sea beaches filling the landscape. Add to that, it has exotic markets and delectable seafood, and people who come from across the world.
This fabulous city is the only place for hippies in Denmark. With amazing, quirky graffiti and markets which give it a colourful, exotic feel, this place is high on scenic beauty as well. The city was not liked by hippies in the beginning (1980s). With the passage of time, it became the most loved hippie destination in the country.
Hippies and Australia, sound weird? Because for most of us, Australia boils down to surfing, beaches and natural beauty. But back in 1960s, hippies found a place in Australia where they travelled in search of free love, free soul, tranquillity, positive energy, peace and cannabis.
They found their paradise in Nimbin. The Australian culture in Nimbin is now totally immersed in the hippy culture.
Arembepe is popular for its white beaches and clean sand dunes, it is a place where most crazy hippies travel. The place is popular for its food and local music, coupled with the most amazing sights. The local culture is more bohemian.
Kasol in Himachal Pradesh is a place which comes with a beautiful blend of mountains, scenic beauty and tranquillity. Kasol is a paradise for mountaineers and trackers, but when it comes to the hippy culture, Kasol is one hell of a destination.
African and American hippies can be spotted in Kasol throughout the year though weather often remains chilly.
Kathmandu, known as the gateway to the majestic Himalayas, is a city immersed in religion, spirituality and music. It is a place where people from throughout the world come in search of peace, music and positive vibes.The hilly, snow clad way from the Kathmandu to the Great Himalayas has become the house of mountain loving hippie travellers.
When the hippie movement started, hippies started travelling places in search of their exclusive destinations. In the early 70s, they came across El Bolson, which is full of natural beauty and farms. It was a mere village, but when hippies started thronging the place in huge numbers, it turned into a vibrant, exotic and bohemian place!
With beaches, peace and a little touch of spiritualism, most people from the US, wandering during the Hippie movement, visited Panajechal for inner peace. The city is full of big market places, mostly local markets, which sell items that hippies buy.
Hippies are known for their carefree minds and free souls. And Nelson gives them an ambiance where they can just be themselves! With the unbiased blend of bohemian culture and the magical environment in Canada, the hippies do enjoy a quality time in Nelson.
Mexico is famous for its cuisine and beaches. And Tulum is no exception. It is a place blended with clean beaches, lush greenery, coastline, white sand beaches that welcome hippie with open arms.
Boulder has shown the world a different kind of hippie culture. Starting from eco-friendly hippies to the ones who love adventures, Boulder is the home for all.
During 1970's, the hippies landed in Boulder to create a culture of free mindedness. And since then, Boulder is a paradise for hippies for the marijuana, cannabis loving empty-pocket hippies.
Vancouver, Canada, is often known as the land of love and revolution. The place turned into a hippie hub during 1960s when travellers from a distant land wandered into Canada to find peace. The place has an old world charm, mostly loved by traditional hippies.
Eugene, Oregon, is always waiting to welcome the hippie in you. Step a foot in the land of hippy customs at Eugene and let your soul set free from the materialistic bullshit.
Chefchaouen is the ultimate place to enjoy a hippie lifestyle. With all those subtle colours and magic in the air, this city offers a peace. The city is inexpensive, colourful and has more to offer once you visit here.
They painted their buses in a unique, colourful way that made other hippies recognise them easily. Hippies differentiated themselves with others from the colours they used everywhere. This reflected in their transport, clothes and hair.
And because hippies are kind of renunciants, they are constantly in the happiness-zone. Drugs keep them high, music keeps them grooving, detachment keeps them absolutely free and a total I-don't-give-a-fuck attitude makes them the real kings on the planet.
When you dance, your eyes should not be open. You must feel the dance of your soul, and not of your body. When you dance, feel the rhythm and forget yourself, while at the same time, find yourself. Confusing? No. Only the ones who dance like crazy can understand this.
And see the way they dance. Damn expressive! They dance like no one's watching them, like absolute jerks, they believe in trance, rather than dance. They dance like real children of God, who are sent to earth to be just ecstatic and euphoric, throughout their life.
Being hippie is an open challenge to the world - that whatever you throw at me, I just don't care. I have found myself, I am complete in myself.
Are you already feeling a hippie at heart? If yes, you may head to any one of the places right away. What are you thinking? Just do it.
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