Hippie trail

Routes of the Hippie Trail
A 1967 VW Kombi bus decorated with hand-painting of the hippie style
Visiting hippies in Kabul, 1976
Musician Goa Gil in the 2001 film Last Hippie Standing

Hippie trail (also the overland[1]) is the name given to the overland journey taken by members of the hippie subculture and others from the mid-1950s to the late 1970s[2] between Europe and South Asia, mainly from Turkey through Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan,[3] India, to Nepal; an alternative route ran from Turkey to the Levant. The hippie trail was a form of alternative tourism, and one of the key elements was travelling as cheaply as possible, mainly to extend the length of time away from home. The term "hippie" became current in the mid-to-late 1960s; "beatnik" was the previous term from the later 1950s.

In every major stop of the hippie trail, there were hotels, restaurants and cafés for Westerners, who networked with each other as they travelled east and west. The hippies tended to interact more with the local population than traditional sightseers did.[1]

The hippie trail largely ended in the late 1970s primarily due to both the Iranian Revolution resulting in an anti-Western government, and the Soviet–Afghan War, closing the route to Western travelers.[4][5][1][6]

  1. ^ a b c "A Brief History of the Hippie Trail". Archived from the original on 28 July 2020. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  2. ^ Ireland, Brian. "Touch the Sky: the Hippie Trail and other forms of alternative tourism". Archived from the original on 7 June 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  3. ^ "The Lonely Planet Journey: The Hippie Trail". Independent. 5 November 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
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  5. ^ "The Hippie Trail: See how Lonely Planet was born". www.cnn.com. Retrieved 14 May 2022.
  6. ^ Maclean, Rory (13 August 2007). "Legacy of the hippie trail". the Guardian. Retrieved 14 May 2022.

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