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The Hippie Trail: A History

Sharif Gemie and Brian Ireland


This is the first history of the hippy trail. Based on interviews and self-published works, it records the joys and pains of budget travel out to Kathmandu, India, Afghanistan and other ‘points east’ during the 1960s and 1970s. It’s written in a clear, simple style, and it provides a detailed analysis of the motivations and the experiences of the hundreds of thousands of young people who travelled eastwards. The happiness and calm that many found is noted, but the work also has a critical edge: it notes the limitations of the travellers’ journeys and the mistakes they made. We discuss the rapi ... More

Keywords: Hippy, Travel-writing, New Age, India, Afghanistan, Counter-culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781526114624
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526114624.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sharif Gemie, author

Brian Ireland, author
University of South Wales