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The Hippie TrailA History$
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Sharif Gemie and Brian Ireland

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781526114624

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526114624.001.0001

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The hippie as tourist

The hippie as tourist

(p.99) Chapter 3 The hippie as tourist
The Hippie Trail

Sharif Gemie

Brian Ireland

Manchester University Press

The chapter starts by considering some travel films produced by travellers: it notes how similar these travellers look to ordinary tourists. Differences between tourists and travellers are then considered: autonomy and authenticity seem to be the vital distinctions. By the 1970s, the majority of hippy trail travellers went to the East by coach: were they just tourists? Were the independent travellers, who went by car, train and by hitch-hiking so different? Certainly, the independent travellers frequently scorned the coach-passengers as tourists. We argue that the differences between independent travellers and coach-passengers was not as great as many assumed, and that—while there were some important similarities between travellers and tourists—the hippy trail travellers did create a distinctive form of travel of their own.

Keywords:   Tourism, Travel, Coach travel, Cultural exchange, Taj Mahal

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