The hippy culture is a liberal counterculture that primarily invaded the lives of the citizens in the USA and then reached to the rest of the world in the 1960s. At the start, the hippy goal was to lead a relaxed and friendly existence that is open to new spiritualities and thoughts for a perpetual state of peace. While hippies were also shown as promoting the use of psychedelic drugs, free love, and sexual liberation, the modern hippy is after a new peace of mind and a conscience that connects him or her to the rest of the world. There is a lot to be said about a hippy approach to the planet and its wonders nowadays! But, first of all, what are the five best places for you to reconnect with your inner hippy?
Goa, in India, has always been off the beaten track and continues to attract a laid back culture despite its busy nightlife and its beach paradise. The local culture is very peaceful and relaxed, and it is easy to embrace the quiet pace of life in Goa. The local cuisine is delicious, as you will come across some amazing homemade curries and traditional bread recipes. If you can convince the locals to share their secret recipes with you, you know that this is something that you could try at home in one of those non-stick pebble frying pans to impress your friends with a slow cooked, tasty dinner. You will find that the place is perfect for spiritual exploration, especially in the old and laid back Goa.
Glastonbury is famous for its music festival where world-famous artists attend to every year. For many, the green fields of Glastonbury are close to the hippy culture that has given Woodstock to the world in the late 1960s. The place in itself has a mystical feeling - it is said to be the heart of the Isle of Avalon, where the legendary myth of King Arthur and Merlin took once placed.
Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark
Denmark is famous for its cycling spaces, which immediately brings a sense of peaceful pace. Copenhagen adds to it a very vivid green space and the ideal scene for a good musical scene. But what surprises in Copenhagen, it’s Christiania, the city within the city. Christiania has been an independent commune since 1971 and has since promoted the spirit of a hippy lifestyle. It is autonomous, self-governing and completely peaceful.
The low-key city of Dali, by the Erhai Lake in China, has been a stop for backpackers and hippies for a very long time. Its traditional architecture with beautiful temples meets stunning surroundings that create the perfect spot to discover your inner peace.
When you go to Morocco, you should get off the beaten track and avoid Marrakesh and Fez which are too obvious. Chefchaouen is a hippy favorite for its inexpensive and cheerful atmosphere. All you need to do is to wander through the open-air markets and among the pale blue buildings to feel a sense of peace and love overwhelm you.