Hi, my name is Julie, and here by my side is my faithful companion Frieda, my therapy dog. I love to travel and have spent a lot of time travelling, but unfortunately, a few years ago, my anxiety increased in a way that made it hard to travel. As a result, I got a therapy dog. Frieda has been a literal lifesaver for me, but I have had to learn how to travel with her. In particular, I have had to learn how to help her have a safe experience on different modes of transportation. This blog is devoted to that concept. Whether you are travelling with a working companion or a pet in a pet carrier, this blog has tips on making that experience safe.
If you self-identify as a hippy – someone who embraces countercultural ideologies and the notions of freedom, peace and love – you may want to indulge that side of yourself on your next holiday. There are a number of destinations in Australia and around the world that are perfect for long-haired beatniks, hippies or anybody who wants to observe that lifestyle.
Grab your closest friends, hire a charter plane with a company like Broome Air Services and journey to one of these five fun spots:
A tiny village near Byron Bay, Nimbin has long been known for its ties to hippie culture. As a result, the town feels free and open to all kinds of lifestyles.
To reach this hippie haven, take a charter flight to Byron Bay. If you like, you can stay in Byron surfing, hiking or sightseeing for a few days. From there, a bus runs to Nimbin.
Once you disembark from the bus, you will immediately see a range of free and fun things to do. From little old ladies who are true relics of the 1960s greeting you as you arrive to Janis Joplin impersonators in the park's bandshell, this town offers a range of quirky activities that you don't often find in other places.
2. Cato Island
Cato Island sits near the Great Barrier Reef about 200 nautical miles from the coast of Australia. Rather than being rooted in decades past like Nimbin, this island was established in 2004 by modern day hippies who wanted to infuse more love and freedom into Australian culture.
If you like peace, quiet and tranquil island views, this destination is for you. There are only two ways to reach this island. You can take a boat to the Great Barrier Reef and then wait until the right wave pushes you toward Cato, or you can take a charter flight right to this pseudo micro nation's beach.
3. Salamanca Market in Tasmania
If you prefer shopping to bands in the park or pristine beaches, take a charter flight to Tasmania and check out the Salamanca Market. For over forty years, vendors and artists have been selling their wares at this now iconic market.
It is the perfect places to find books of beat poetry, vintage clothing, funky sunglasses, reggae CDs and Buddha statues. The market also has a range of stalls serving up ethnic food as well as high quality buskers and art being produced on site.
4. Goa, India
If you would rather go to the source of great curry than buy it from a stall in a Tasmanian market, consider chartering a flight to Goa, India. This destination has been attracting people of the hippie mindset since the 1960s, and it currently attracts people of all ages.
Whether you miss the 1960s and want to take a trip to a place that seems routed there or if you are a youngster who wants to dance all night, Goa needs to be on your destination list. If you have a group of friends, you can charter a private plane to take you there, or in many cases, you can buy seats on charter planes full of holidaymakers that are headed that direction.
5. Pai, Thailand
If you love Asia but want to get a bit more off the beaten path than relatively popular Goa, consider checking out Pai, Thailand. This tiny town recently revamped its airport, making it easy to take a charter flight directly into town.
Once there, rent a scooter and explore the area. During the day, find your inner peace riding through the countryside and doing yoga next to waterfalls. In the evening, tap into your wild side at the clubs.