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Everybody get naked!

Thursday, June 12, 2008
Joshua Crouthamel
Naturist holidays are not a new phenomenon, but they are taking the travel world by storm as more and more nudists take their clothes-free lifestyle to the road, leaving luggage behind to catch rays on their ... behinds.

Though 'naturism' (the preferred term for the clothing-optional philosophy and way of life), has been documented since the time of Alexander the Great, it didn't take hold in the modern world outside saunas and bathhouses until the early 20th century. At that time what started as a health and fitness lifestyle in Germany spread to the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States, where naturism clubs and nudist beaches and resorts began to take hold.

Beyond the baths
'Social nakedness' has long been prevalent in the saunas and bathhouses of Europe and Asia, but it took German doctors and philosophers who began to openly advocate out-and-about nudism to promote the activity.

Though the Nazis weren't too keen on a society gone starkers, they were not able to keep the phenomenon under wraps, and the idea of nudist beaches and naked retreats spread throughout Europe. While the Germans are still the world's best birthday-suit advocates, the notion of social nakedness has an extremely high following throughout the Western world, and the market for clothing-free tourism is attracting millions of travellers annually.

Naked town
Europe has had clothing-optional beaches for years, but it is only in the past two decades that specialised resorts have accommodated nude travellers. The Caribbean, Mexico, North America and even Australia are now home to thousands of properties that cater solely to those in the buff.

Take, for example, the town of Cap d'Agde in France — known as Naked Town, Cap d'Agde is the world's capital of naturism. Whether you care to lie on the beach, stroll the town's high street or even nip into the shops for some meat and potatoes, in Cap d'Agde you will do it starkers. The town's summer population of 40,000 pride themselves on how little luggage they need, and how they are dressed for any occasion — without a thread.

No hanky panky
Nudists are not to be confused with sex tourists — they are staunchly different. Though clubs such as the popular Hedonism III in Jamaica are well-known for attracting swingers, your typical naturist hot-spot is more likely to be a family-owned caravan park where nana and grandad air ... theirs.

This type of family-friendly holiday naturalist retreat can be found across Australia, and it is reported that more than 40 million people worldwide take nude holidays each year.

Less cheek
A simple Internet search can put you in touch with hundreds of specialised travel agents that exclusively book naturist holidays for punters without pants, and thousands of accommodation and resort options have their own sites listed.

Be warned that these portals of information often include image galleries — don't be surprised if nana and grandad appear on the screen in front of you, happily enjoying a cuppa outside their campervan in all their pleated and wrinkled glory. And for the serious, ahem, enthusiast, there are dozens of accredited clubs and organisations across the country.

So if you never know what to pack when heading off on holiday, feel free to let it all hang out. Just ensure you've arrived at the correct location before donning the birthday suit and strutting your stuff.

Have you or would you ever take a nudist holiday?

User comments
I have been a nudist for many years, and I am a regular at one of the many nudist beaches here in Auckland. My only problem is those that wander along the beach perving and making lewd comments about those enjoying the sun in the nude. Surely it is those lookers who are the perverts, and not those who are enjoying a day in the sun. We nudists tend to find discrete beaches to enjoy our day out, but it always seems to be the pervs who spoil it. If you dont like looking at nude people, then stay away ! I promise not to visit your beach and take my clothes off.
Those that claim Nudity leads to sickness are wrong. Sex with multiple partners can and there are many more prudes who get them. Urinary tract infections can be harboured by tight clammy clothing where as skin free to the air gets & stays dry quicker. Nudity can actually be healthier, as long as you're not stupid.
I think it would be great to walk around without clothes, why not if it where not for nudity we would not be here. How do they say you can look at the menu, but you eat at home I walk around nude in my house and enjoy it.
To all who say aye to nudity, can u imagine the amount of sicknesses which can spread by free nudity in public places? Do these people go to work in the nude as well?Genito-urinary diseases, salmonella, e-coli, herpes, H.I.V, SYPHILIS, GONORHOEA??? I wouldn't want to sit on a nudist bench or seat fully clothed even!!!!! Then we wonder why we get new bugs and viruses every season?
They should be hosed down with a water cannon, get these creeps off our beaches!
lets face it there are two types of people in this world. the ones that are happy and well ballanced and not hung up everything happy to be free. then there are the ooh no dont let me see that i might be embarrased and dont you dare bare anything people. our family have been to katikati and loved it and will be back
i have wanted to try nudist beach for a long time. just recently *** to chch and would love to no where to go
Don't confuse nudity with porn.....I don't do it myself, but don't care if others want to do it. I do think there should be areas for them though. If you are offended, dont look.
Kapiti was to declare 48kms of "nudity allowed" beach from Paekakariki to Otaki (or therebaouts) and guess what? The purists and others who seldom used 48mm of beach were up in arms! No surprises here. Those offended are only those that look. Do they not shower or bath, how did they arrive here..in a suit and tie? Live and let live. The exhibitionists will be 7 day wonders so the purists can relax for a week in front of Coronation and Shortland Street until the fuss dies down and only those respectful and respectable nudists get to relax as they choose. Build a bridge...but only for one-way temporary use of the excitable minority who's only "action" in life is to protest (during the ad breaks) about those with a life to enjoy as nature intended. Once across said bridge, pull it down..one-way traffic only. Oh to have the "PC Brigade" silenced so the majority can breath.
keep it in the bedroom,...you perverts

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