Top 15 Hottest Hippie Destinations Across the World

  • RESHMA DEWDA
  • Apr 28, 2016
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"Is this love-is this love-is this love that I'm feeling?" Bob Marley was probably referring to a hippie when he sang this song.

The Hippie movement that began in the 1960s has become more than just that. It's a lifestyle, it's hope and it's now almost a religion. Non-conformism is their motto and peace is their means towards a better world. Hippies are arguably the happiest people in the world. And not just because of the marijuana and the music.

They are not bound by societal expectations and refuse to be a part of the rat race that the rest of the world seems to have embraced. They're not slaves of ambition, greed and materialism, and prefer to live in a simple world that is close to nature. More and more people across the world are going towards the hippie way of life, shunning the commercial, consumerist world.

Craving a taste of the hippie culture? Our list of hot hippie destinations across world will let you vacation like a bohemian and experience how it is to be a hippie for a few days. Freedom, peace and happiness are in abundance at these places. Be warned you might never want to return home! Here is the list of top 15 hottest hippie destinations around the world:

1. Ibiza

ibiza, among the most hippie cities

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Yes, you read that right. Ibiza is not just for party-crazed teenagers in blaring nightclubs. Ibiza has been a hot hippie destination since the 60s and still sees many hippie travelers throughout the year. Even though it has become an overcrowded party island, the natural walking trails and whimsical architecture makes it a much coveted hippie travel destination.

 

2. Goa, India

Hippie places Around the World - Goa

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Somebody once truly said that many lifetimes will not be enough to really absorb all the experiences that India has to offer.  Even though the country itself is not very hippie-friendly, pockets like Pushkar and Goa especially are extremely popular amongst the hippies. Legendary raves and colorful carnivals are the order of the day at Goa.

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3. Cambodia 

Where do hippies live

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Trust hippies to get underrated destinations in the limelight. When Thailand got ruined by commercialism, these carefree spirits shifted their attention to Cambodia- where the birds still sing and nature runs amok. A bit crazy in parts and immensely free-willed, this country has become a hot hippie destination in current times.

 

 

4. Himalayas, Nepal

4th Hippie Destinations around the world - Himalayas, Nepal

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The devastating earthquake notwithstanding, Nepal is a favorite with adventurous hippies. You'd find them everywhere- from the foothills of Himalayas to the magical city of Kathmandu. The crisp, fresh Himalayan air and the sweet smoke of marijuana must be a liberating combination, judging from the popularity of this destination with hippies.

 

5. Ecuador

Considered by many as the hippie capital of the South America, Ecuador is a famous hippie travel destination because of its beautiful ecosystems and the fact that it is quite budget friendly. You'd find handmade clothing and jewelry, interesting pubs and cafes and a laid back attitude that makes this place extremely gringo friendly. Quito in Ecuador is especially popular amongst the hippies.

 

6. Nelson, Canada

A small hippie town in Canada - Nelson

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Canada's pot capital Nelson is a bohemian town that has managed to keep its carefree spirit intact. A number of quaint local watering holes and coffee shops are scattered in between heritage structures. It is also unquestionably beautiful, with snow clad mountains circling it proudly.

 

7. Nimbin, Australia

Australia was once the underdog of the Hippie culture. However, places like Byron Bay, Nimbin and Lismore have emerged as havens for the alternative cultures and communities. Nimbin especially, is Australia's hippie capital. Just breathe in the air and you'd know what we are talking about. A tiny little village located in New South Wales, Nimbins counter culture wave has survived till date and is going strong.

 

8. Tulum, Mexico

8th Hippie Destinations Around the World - Tulum, Mexico

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Arguably the most placid place on earth, Tulum is a magical combination of ancient ruins, fabulous coastlines and charming restaurants. It has everything going for it as a hippie hotspot ; its undiscovered, its got relaxed bistros and bars, and cute local markets that sell everything from dreamcatchers to local organic produce.

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9. Amsterdam, Netherlands 

This ones a no-brainer. With its liberal drug policies and freedom of expression, Amsterdam is the hippest city in Europe. Hash cakes galore, Amsterdamers embrace bohemians with open arms and open hearts. Green open spaces, quirky pubs and carnivals aplenty; Amsterdam is the perfect starting spot on the hippie trail.

 

10. Eugene, Oregon

Undeniably the best hippie destination in USA, Eugene is perhaps the most bohemian city in this country. Free willies and merry gringos thrive in this city and the smell of marijuana is never far. In fact, hippies have infiltrated every aspect of the city; from the government to the chamber of commerce even. Whats more, no one will laugh at you if you ask for tie-n-dyed underwear.

11. Olympia, Washington

 

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Carefree in spirit, mastering the art of being a hippie is easier in Olympia. This capital city of Washington state is one of the best hippie havens around the world, thanks to its huge hippie population and excellent opportunities for hippies to live peacefully. Splendid organic farms, diverse vegetarian eating options and an opinionated community that raises voice for each good cause they believe in make Olympia one of the best places for hippies to live. Add to that an experimental college where students can choose diverse fields for undergrad and are not evaluated with traditional grades and we've got a winner! 

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12. Chefchaouen, Morocco

A perfect place for people who are hippy at heart and in hiding! Chefchaouen doesn’t bombard itself as a hippie town. But as you walk into its blue labyrinths exploring the rather under-rated destination in Morocco, you will realise that it is hip, copious and excellent hippie destination in its own unique way. 

Warm locals smiling to you, a care-free spirit in the air and excellent handicrafts and Boho stuff waiting at petite stores, Chefchaouen is a hippie place where you can just be, doing nothing! 

 

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13. Bisbee, Arizona

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Replete of artists that paint the town red (well, literally in multiple colours), Bisbee is one of the best hippie towns in USA. Once a mining town, Bisbee has, over the years transformed itself into a vacation spot for hippies. Lots of colourful festivals happening from time to time, close proximity to the Mexican border (which means there’s no shortage of marijuana and poets and artists joining for protests; what more would one want? 

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14. El Bolson, Argentina

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A backpacker's delight, what makes this sleepy town one of the best hippie travel destinations is hard to summarize! It’s the abundance of hikes, the fact that it is a non-nuclear area and also an ecological municipality makes it a great place to have that minimalistic, light-hearted, hippie holiday! Comfortable hostels, fresh farm produce and great beer are some of the best attributes of planning a holiday here.

Don't miss out on the 'bosque tallado', an up-hill forest with remarkable wood art on your visit! 

15. Negril, Jamaica

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Pristine beaches, blue waters and an absolutely laid-back air that will bring out your inner free-spirit, Negril is one of the most under-rated hippie destinations in the world. Fabulously Bohemian, Negril is not your conventional hippie destination but its laid-back atmosphere, sunny weather and long stretches of beaches will surely give you the much-needed hippie vibe that you are looking for!

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RESHMA DEWDA RESHMA DEWDA

A hippie hiding in civilized clothes, a borderline feminist and a dreamer stuck in a practical avatar, Reshma is an incorrigible idealist who lives in a black and white world. A robin hood in her own right, she loves to come to the rescue and most times , she ends up rescuing herself in the bargain.

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