Byron Bay – it’s one of the happiest places on earth! From the moment I arrived I realised that were three main types of people in Byron Bay. I bet there are more than that but the three I’m going to tell you about right now are the main ‘inhabitants’ of Byron Bay.
Of course the biggest group are our awesome backpackers! Everywhere you look, you’ll see backpackers in Byron Bay! Backpackers are pretty easy to spot in Byron Bay. More often than not they’re either headed towards the beach during the day or checking out the pubs and clubs at night!
Thought backpackers were easy to spot? Surfers are even easier. You can recognise the surf dudes and dudettes by long sun bleached hair, board shorts, caps, tanned lower legs, tanned forearms and of course the most telling thing of all… They generally carry a surfboard and are headed towards Byron’s best surf beaches! You might also have a bit of difficulty understanding them, don’t worry though just learn how to speak like a surfer.
The type of people we will focus on most are the hippies, as they really do represent everything that Byron Bay is all about. For some reason, hippies, along with backpackers, are absolutely drawn to the Arts Factory Lodge.
How to become a hippy
You can recognise hippies by the long hair (often dreadlocks) laid-back look, tie-dye shirts and always walking around barefoot. How to become one of them? Of course you will need the dreads, make your own tie dye shirt and lose your shoes!
But this is not all you need to become a hippy, being a hippy is all about living the hippy (or Byron Bay) lifestyle. Which means…
- Don’t let your life be controlled by work, there are plenty of other things you can spend time on!
- Material things are not important.
- All you need is a roof over your head, usually made of canvas or just a painted camper. (With space to make food and wash, which can be the sea or a river as well!)
- What is also important is that you accept everyone for who he / she is and never judge!
- Learn how to play guitar!
- Learn how to relax…
So come to Byron Bay and visit us at the Arts Factory Lodge – be ready for your inner hippy to come out and play!