Traveling for the purpose of spiritual enlightenment is a long-established rite of passage for many young people. During the height of the hippie movement in the 1960s and 1970s, young American travelers often voyaged East through Europe to India and other countries, seeking spiritual enlightenment and answers to their questions. Often their search included using illicit drugs and experimenting in unique ways, but all had one attribute in common – they were seeking their "truth." They wanted to, as Henry David Thoreau once said (and the Dead Poets Society repeated), “suck the marrow out of life.”
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