During the 60´s and 70´s, the hippie movement expanded all around the world. Young hippies from all the panet started traveling to India for “spiritual” reasons, which included meditation, yoga, partying and all kinds of drug tasting. Many of these hippie crowds couldn’t (or didn´t want to) afford airplane tickets to do the travel from Europe to the subcontinent. They chose to do the trip overland, either on public transport or in old 4x4´s they bought back in their home countries.
India became to the hippies what the Mecca is to the Muslims. Every self-appointed hippie had to go to India at least once in their lives. The overland route chosen was almost always the same: Europe – Turkey – Iran – Pakistan, and finally, India. This journey became known as the Hippie Route, or the Hippie Trail, and it came to be a popular journey for travelers of all around the world.
The Hippie Route came to an end in 1979 when the Islamic Revolution in Iran closed the country for foreign travelers. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the political instability in Pakistan made the situation even harder. Since then, the route became a legend and few travelers dared to accomplish it in decades.
Today, the situation in some of these countries has improved; globalization has made the world a smaller place and technology helps travelers to share information in a more efficient way. It seems like the Hippie Route could be undertaken once again.
Accomplishing the Hippie Trail would be an enormous achievement for me, as a traveler and as a person. It will take me to some of the most challenging, and yet, most interesting countries in the world. I will travel from Spain to Greece; then through Turkey to Iran, Pakistan and then finally India (if I ever get the visa!).
As in most of my trips, I have no idea about the itinerary, the places I´ll visit, the people I´ll meet or the challenges I´ll encounter. The only thing I know for sure is that I´ll have the time of my life, I´ll enjoy myself as if it was my last trip ever and I´ll feel as the happiest man in the world.