Hippie destinations are all heart and are blessed with nature’s bounty. They are full of free spirited people and welcome travelers with warmth and compassion. The hippy culture is a phenomena that cannot be restricted to any geographical boundary. But these free souls have left a mark on some places and on us. We have listed down 5 of the world’s hippiest holiday destinations.
- Ibiza , Spain – The Hippie Haven
An island in the Mediterranean Sea, Ibiza is top on our list of hippiest holiday destinations. Ibiza is the third largest of Balearic Islands, an autonomous community in Spain. Ibiza is mostly known as the party zone of Spain. However, what is not known is that, the Hippie period of Ibiza is probably one of the most revolutionary and influential in modern times.
Over the years it has become an overcrowded party place, but one cannot forget that Ibiza was the birthplace of the raves and the focal point for all European hippies in the 60’s.
Ibiza is not a cheap holiday destination, but it boasts of matchless architecture, and the wonderful walking trails towards North make this place worth the visit. For all the rave parties that happen here, it is worth the visit.
- Goa , India – The Nirvana Haven
Goa has a long staple of hippie trail. Goa is one of the top hippiest destinations in India. Goa even today is the assemble of the old hippies, soaking in the sun with a heady amalgamation of culture. Legendary raves and colorful carnivals are the order of the day at Goa. Ironically, the hippie movement has almost died everywhere, but, in Goa its presence is evident. Goa is known for its beautiful beaches and its unfading hippie culture. The hippies in Goa are mainly situated in north Goa, near the beaches of Morjim, Arambol and Ashvem. Here, they practice yoga, meditation, go for a swim and possibly run small cafes throughout the day.
- Nelson , Canada – The Pot Capital
This Bohemian town has been quoted as the “modern day hippie sanctuary” by Macleans magazine. Nelson is known as the pot capital, because marijuana there is virtually legal and has managed to keep its care free spirit intact. It is also known as the “Queen City” because of its impressive heritage from its early days.
It is unquestionably beautiful, with snow clad mountains circling it magnificently.
- Cambodia – The Hot Hippie Destination
Cambodia is bordered by Thailand, Laos and Vietnam and is one of the most underrated places in the world. An immensely free willed country, it is known as the Land of Smiles, Cambodia’s gentle culture is influenced by Theravada Buddhism practiced by the bulk of its 13 million ethnic Khmer who live alongside substantial minorities of Chinese, Vietnamese, Cham Muslims and hill tribes. With its free spirit and beautiful landscapes, it has become one of the hottest hippie destinations in the current era.
- Amsterdam , Netherlands – The weed friendly old hippie haven
Amsterdam is one of the most popular city of Netherlands, located in the west to backpack around. Amsterdam is also one of the most popular destinations for tourists. It has one of the most liberal drug policies and freedom of expression. Marijuana is sold legally in over 400 coffee shops, it easily falls into the list of places for our hippies. It has long history of tolerance, beautiful ancient city, great vibes everywhere, hip fashion, museum and art.
The feeling of being hippie is summed well by John Lennon
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger,
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world
Keeping this in mind, we would like to also mention Kathmandu, Nepal. The earthquake that devastated Nepal in 2015, also, destroyed the glory of the hippie era in Kathmandu. The hippy trail that promised its travelers cheap potent hash and was once the easy destination for the hippies, has been destroyed with just collective memories of aging beatniks.