Hippie Road Trip
Have you ever wanted to travel? Not just that but have you ever thought about ultimate hippie road trip? Pack up at a moment’s notice and feel the freedom that only comes with travel. Wheels beneath you, wind in your hair, your best friends by your side and the volume on LOUD?
Beautiful company, great weather and a destination in mind, or for some no destination just an experience of a lifetime.
Whether it’s venturing thousands of miles across America’s East Coast or just a few hundred miles along Britain’s South Coast, there’s magic in a hippie road trip not to be found on any other journey.
Here is your guide to creating your own ultimate hippie highway adventure.
The Hippie Wagon
When you were a kid, a road trip may have meant helping Dad to strap a roof rack on top of the Datsun Cherry and heading off to Butlin’s. But now, you are older and are a free spirited hippy. This means that you can travel in so much more style – and individuality. From an unrestored (AKA knackered) VW Bug hand-painted with flowers, to the ultimate in full-blown mobile homes. Both the outer shell and the inner sanctum of your road trip ride can let everyone know who’s in town.
If you don’t have the ultimate hippie vehicle then did you know that you can hire them…. Yup, you can hire VW camper vans!!! How fooking amazing is that?!!!! Just have a search on the web and you will find loads of places. Camperbug looks like a good one. Also search for ‘Hippie Bus’ or ‘Hippie Bus House’ on Pinterest for some great ideas inside and out.
VW campers, old restored air steam trailers, you can pretty much pick whatever you want.. The world is your oyster so they say.
Here are some top tips for you:
– Choose beautiful throws, tapestries and cushions to liven up the inside of your hippy wagon. The landscape may not always be hip, but your surroundings always will be. Having your living space kitted out in your personality is a real plus. If you are travelling for a while, the bus will become your sacred space and so make it comfortable.
– Take a Polaroid camera and keep a record of your favourite moments. Tack them to the dashboard and building a moment map to go along with your A-Z
– Let’s face it, you probably won’t be getting the bus valeted along the way. Take some essential oils with you to keep things fragrant. Plus they double up as a calming or refreshing rub for your dreads! You could even rub the oils on your pulse points for freshness.
True road trip freedom is all about travelling light and shedding the things that tie you to down to every day life. Its about making a spur-of-the-moment leap into the horizon, totally unfettered by dress codes and sensible shoes. Plus, travelling light is actually beneficial for the environment – the lighter you travel, the less your hippy carbon footprint will be.
So, focus on taking items with you that can serve a dual purpose. For example, the throws that you’re using as a mood boost inside your car can be your blanket for an impromptu picnic or a makeshift wind shelter on the beach. If you decide to sleep under the stars at any point, you can also use them as a ground sheet.
When it comes to your hippie clothing, ponchos are a great example of dual purpose as they have lots of uses in all kinds of weather.
Acrylic clothing (aka cashmilon) is warm but airy. This means that you don’t necessarily have to pack for different climes, reducing your portable wardrobe by half.
Here at Mystical Mayhem Hippy Clothing, we would also recommend taking some quick drying clothes with you. There will no doubt be times that you get caught in a rain shower or just need to do some washing. Anything rayon is quick dry, lightweight too!
With so many gorgeous hippy pants, skirts, shirts and dresses made in lightweight materials you can absolutely take more than just the shirt on your back and still travel light.
If you don’t have your own hippy holiday home on wheels, there are plenty of other places to visit and spend some quality time outdoors. Reconnecting with the real you, mother nature and the cosmos at large all without having to stay in a Travelodge.
Obviously, being at Stone Henge during the summer solstice is going to be up there. But, a quick Google search will throw up lots of venues that offer yurts, glamping, and even woodland carving courses under the stars throughout the UK. Try Crafty Camping for ‘a luxury and peaceful experience with a difference’. Or check out Canopy & Stars who want you to have a great holiday, as well as encouraging you to hug a tree.
There are so many options out there for you. It all depends on what you like. You can spend a night in a tree house followed by a night in an old castle if that’s what you like.
If you plan it out properly then you can do everything you want on a decent budget. You don’t have to spend thousands to have an amazing trip. Just remember, life is good!
With the trivialities sorted, it’s finally time to turn attention to the singularly most important part of your hippie road trip – the tunage! Where to start? And who gets to call shotgun on what is played? Do you take it in turns or establish some form of hierarchy based on who’s driving? It’s a tough call. In our car when we travel, the driver gets to choose but, to be fair you will have to work that out between you guys.
Here we have compiled a wee list of classics here for you that no self respecting hippie would dare omit.
– White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane
– Eight Miles High – The Byrds
– Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix
– The End – The Doors
– Almost Cut My Hair – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
– Freedom – Richie Havens
– Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin
– The Four Horsemen – Aphrodite’s Child
– Three Little Birds – Bob Marley and the Wailers
– What a Beautiful Day – The Levellers
Think we’ve missed an obvious one? Let us know and we might post a longer playlist based on your suggestions. Until then, peace out and happy, hippie travels!