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8 Epic Nude European Road Trips

By: Nick&Lins

Previously on this website, we’ve given you an abundance of tips for planning a nude European road trip. In that blog post we briefly talked about the different European countries and their naturist options. If all of that wasn’t enough inspiration yet, today we’ll present to you some epic nude European road trips. Covering some of the most beautiful places in Europe and of course some of the best places to get naked.

 

Previously published Naturist road trip examples

In the past, we’ve already published reports of some of the nude road trips we’ve taken through parts of Europe. It would be a bit crazy (or lazy) to just repeat those once again. Just follow the links to get to the original posts:

Nude Through Italy: This road trip takes you from the north of Italy, past the Mediterranean nude beaches and Rome, all the way to the very south of Puglia.

Nude Through the south-west of France: Starting from the wonderful Dordogne region, we travel south towards the foot of the Pyrenees mountains and follow the Mediterranean coast towards the famous nude village Cap d’Agde.

Nude Through the south-east of France: We leave from the French Riviera, going into the mountains of the Gorges du Verdon towards the Mont Ventoux peak. From there we discover the naturist resorts in the Gard region, ending up in the most exclusive naturist resort of Europe.

Nude Through Portugal: Leaving from the hilly north of Portugal we travel through the desolated Alentejo region, visiting the nude beaches of Lisbon along the way and ending up at the amazing Algarve in the very south of the country.

Important to mention here is that the above examples focus for 100% on naturism, skipping many of the tourist spots. The next examples will rather be a mix of exploring European naturism and the many other highlights of the continent as well.

 

My Big Fat Nude Greek Peloponnese Tour

 

Take at least a couple of days to explore beautiful but frenetic Athens and its nearby nude beaches and move on to Greece’s former capital Nafplio.

 

Get off the beaten track at the small village of Levidi, before getting to the rocky Mystras, a former Byzantine capital that was once mistaken for ancient Sparta.

 

In the very south-east of Messinia, you get the chance to stay at the wonderful naturist resort Fig Leaf Villas, from where you can visit the excellent nude beaches in the region and skinny dip in the Polylimnio waterfalls.

 

End your trip with a couple of relaxing days next to the swimming pool of Vassaliki Naturist Resort on Kefalonia island or on one of the nearby nude beaches.

 

Clothed Highlights
Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Athens, Mycenae, and Mystras
Walk through the olive groves in Laconia
Have a delicious Greek salad (or two)
Hike to the castle in Nafplio for excellent views

 

Naked Highlights
Relax on the nude beaches of Athens, Nafplio, Messinia, and Kefalonia
Skinnydip in the Polylimnio waterfalls
Discover the wonderful Vassaliki Naturist Resort

 

Italy Coast to Coast

 

Start off at Venice, the queen of the Adriatic and explore its wonderful architecture and many canals. Head south from Venice towards Bologna before moving deep into rural Romagna for a relaxing stay at naturist B&B Borgo Corniola.

 

After some days of sauna and refreshing river skinny-dips, move on to Florence. Home of some of the world’s most renowned artists.

 

Enjoy the wonderful Tuscan landscape on your way to Sienna and then further south towards naturist camping Sasso Corbo. Of this camping it’s said that it has some of the best views of all of Europe.

 

Visit the lovely Suncave naturist resort and the nearby nude beaches before ending your trip in ancient Rome.

 

Clothed Highlights
Take a typical gondola on the canals of Venice.
Check out the art of the ancient Italian masters in Florence and Rome.
Eat the world-famous Bolognaise sauce in its hometown Bolognia.
Visit the Vatican City and think about how cool it would be if you were naked.

 

Naked Highlights
Enjoy an augfuss in the sauna at Borgo Corniola
Awe at the amazing views of Sasso Corbo.
Get naked with the Romans on the nude beaches near Rome

 

The Highlights of Andalucia

 

This road trip starts in Granada, home of the thousands of years old palace Alhambra. But also one of the last places in Spain where you get free tapas when you order a drink.

 

From Granada, you drive south towards the Mediterranean coast, make a stop at Nerja for some excellent seafood before continuing towards Naturist Camping Almanat. One of the most popular naturist centers in southern Spain.

 

More nude time can be found around Malaga, where the naturist options are plenty. Have a look on NUDE for the possible accommodation options.

 

Heading back inland you can make your way to Alora, where you can relax at Finca Natura, a wonderful all-inclusive naturist resort, from where you can explore Ronda with its famous 100-meter high bridge.

 

Travel slowly towards Seville and make sure to stop at the typical white villages like Grazalema and Zahara de la Sierra. In Seville, there will be more architectural beauty waiting for you. The Real Alcázar, Plaza de España and the Seville Cathedral definitely need a place on your to-see-list.

 

The trip ends like it starts, with an ancient building of amazing beauty. In Cordoba, you will find La Mezquita, a cathedral built inside a mosque. Or was it the other way around?

 

Clothed Highlights
Explore the amazing Alhambra and La Mezquita
Watch a flamenco show in Seville
Eat crunchy churros with hot chocolate

 

Naked Highlights
Explore the nude beaches of southern Andalucia
Spend your days in the nude at Alamat
Enjoy full luxury without clothes at Finca Natura

 

Discovering the Ligurian Sea

 

The what sea? The Ligurian Sea is basically the bay of Genua, right at the border between France and Italy. Although this sea isn’t particularly famous, the surroundings definitely are.

 

Start your road trip in Marseille, a melting pot of cultures and home of the famous bouillabaisse dish. From Marseille, travel up to the Gorges Du Verdon. An often neglected but wonderful natural area in southern France. You can set up camp or rent a bungalow at naturist camping Verdon Provence from where you have excellent views of the canyon.

 

Heading back south will bring you to the rosé wine country. The best place to stay is in naturist B&B La Fenoullière, from where you can visit more than 400 different wineries.

 

Back at the coast you can enjoy the wonderful nude beaches in the French Rivièra, or take the ferry to Ile du Levant. It’s said that naturism in France was born on this island and also today the whole island is considered clothing optional. If you like to stay overnight, there are several naturist accommodation options.

 

Further into the French Rivièra it’s well recommended to explore the region of Nice, as well as the nearby Cannes and Monaco.

 

Follow the coast into Italy and make sure to have some rest at Naturist camping Costalunga. Only a short drive from the coast but hidden in a beautiful hilly landscape.

 

Keep following the Italian coast towards Cinque Terre with its colourfull cliffside villages. Although this region gets completely overrun by tourists in high season, it’s still one of Italy’s most spectacular places.

 

This road trip ends in Livorno, where you can spend the last nights of your holiday in naturist B&B Locanda di Terramare and visit the surrounding nude beaches as well as downtown Livorno and Pisa.

 

Clothed Highlights
Eat bouillabaisse and drink pastis in Marseille
Act like a movie star in Cannes
Explore the wonderful villages of Cinque Terre
Take a picture in which you try to push up the tower of Pisa

 

Naked Highlights
Skinnydip in the Gorges du Verdon from camping Verdon Provence
Enjoy a delicious nude dinner at La Fenoullière
Explore the nude island Ile du Levant

 

Nude in Scandinavia

 

The European Nordic countries might not be the first that come to mind when you’re thinking about a naturist road trip. Or a naturist vacation in general. Yet, if you like amazing nature and a general nude friendly atmosphere, this road trip is definitely worth your consideration.

 

Start off in Malmö, in the very south of Sweden, and explore its cobblestone square with half-timbered houses and its incredible fortress. Just south of the city you’ll find a great place to stay at Solhejdan’s Naturist Camping.

 

Head east towards the baroque city Karlskrona where another naturist camping with an unpronounceable name awaits you: Aplanabben.

 

Back to the east you’ll drive through the wonderful wilderness until you reach Gothenburg, Sweden’s most vibrant city and your last stop in Sweden before heading into Norway.

 

While driving towards Oslo, make sure to have a stop at the medieval town of Fredrikstad along the way and set up camp just south of the city in Sjøhaug Naturistsenter, right at the sea.

 

If you thought that you had seen some impressive scenery by now, the best has yet to come. The Flam region is famous for its fjords and dramatic landscapes and on the way to Bergen you’ll find more waterfalls than you could ever visit.

 

From Bergen, drive back south to Stavanger before heading towards Sørlandets naturistsenter, another wonderful Norwegian naturist camping.

 

Hop on the ferry and make your way towards Copenhagen, depending on the time you have left, there are several naturist campings in Denmark which you could add to your itinerary.

 

Clothed Highlights
Visit the many waterfalls in Norway
Take the ferry from Norway to Denmark
Check out the Stone Ship in Oslo

 

Naked Highlights
Explore the naturist campings of the Nordic countries
Visit a public sauna
Get naked in some of Europe’s most amazing nature.

 

Cruising the Croatian Coast

 

Start your trip in Rovinj, the center of the Istrian peninsula. But more importantly, also the center of Croatian naturism. The naturist options in Istria are plenty and we highly recommend to check out some of the large naturist campings and the nearby nude beaches before continuing your trip south.

 

What follows is quite a long ride but definitely worth it as the lovely squares and waterfront vistas of Zadar will certainly charm you.

 

Continue south to the Murter peninsula where you can skinny-dip at one of the several nude beaches. Further south you will pass by the old Venetian island city Trogir where you can visit the promenades, squares and splendid seafood restaurants before arriving in historic Split.

 

From Split, you can do some island hopping towards Hvar and stay a couple of nights at Camping Nudist before continuing your road trip towards Dubrovnik.

 

Dubrovnik is said to be one of Europe’s most magnificent historical cities and is also the place where several scenes of Game of Thrones were filmed. You can spend the last days of your Croatian road trip skinny dipping at one (or several) of the nude beaches in the Dubrovnik Rivièra.

 

Clothed Highlights
Roam through historical Dubrovnik
Visit the wonderful Plitvice lakes
Go hiking in Krka National Park

 

Naked Highlights
Spend some days 24/7 naked in Istria
Find some secluded coves to go skinny dipping at the Dalmatian coast.
Visit the nude beaches on the islands Lukrum and Lopud near Dubrovnik

 

From the Eiffel tower to the Brandenburg Gate

 

This road trip starts in the city of love: Paris. We can impossibly tell you about all the things you should definitely do while in the city, but make sure to just roam around aimlessly and enjoy the views, the food, and the wines and to visit the naturist section of the Bois de Vincennes parc.

 

We do recommend you to stay at least a couple of days in downtown Paris, but if you prefer to start your road trip in the nude, naturist camping Heliomonde is definitely a good option.

 

From Paris, head towards Belgium. That tiny country in the center of Europe that is often forgotten by tourists but definitely worth some days of your holidays. Top destinations in Belgium are Bruges, Brussels, Ghent, and Antwerp, which are all not much more than an hour drive from each other. A great base for your day trips is naturist camping Athena Ossendrecht.

 

Head into the Netherlands and visit famous Amsterdam. Roam around the historic town and check out the many museums. The largest naturist camping in the Netherlands, Flevo-Natuur is located just outside of Amsterdam and there are several nice nude beaches nearby the city as well.

 

Going east towards Germany you can make a last stop in the Netherlands, staying at the Aamsveen naturist camping before continuing your trip towards Hannover. One of the hardest-hit cities during the second world war and famous for its timbered houses.

 

From Hannover, you continue your road trip towards its endpoint, Berlin, where you can have a last skinny dip at the Wannsee, one of Germany’s most popular nude beaches.

 

Clothed Highlights
View over the city of Paris from the Eiffel tower
Drink Belgian beers
Ride a bicycle through central Amsterdam
Dive into the nightlife of Berlin

 

Naked Highlights
Get naked in Bois de Vincennes in downtown Paris
Walk nude across the border between Belgium and the Netherlands at Athena
Visit some of Germany’s popular nude spas

 

Basque country and Atlantic France

 

Begin your road trip in the capital of the Basque Country, Bilbao. A city known for its great contemporary art, mainly thanks to the Guggenheim museum, and for its amazing surf beaches. Because public nudity is not against the law in Spain, it’s definitely possible to find yourself a nice place for a first skinny dip as well.

 

Head east towards San Sebastian, at the foot of the Pyrennees mountains and real foodie heaven before crossing the border into Spain and wander around with the jet set in Biarritz.

 

From here is where the best of your naturist holiday will start. Drive through the woods towards Arnaoutchot, a relaxed naturist camping with an excellent spa.

 

Continue your trip up north towards Montalivet, home of the popular naturist camping CHM Monta. This place has been significant in the history of naturism as it’s where both the French as the International naturist federation were founded. You could as well spend some time at the neighbors, naturist camping Euronat. Another one of France’s naturist villages.

 

Make sure to visit the amazing nude beaches of CHM and Euronat as well. Even further down the official nude beaches, nudity is rarely an issue.

 

Finish your trip in Bordeaux, the pearl of the Aquitaine region, to walk the café-strewn boulevards and to have world-class wines at a terrace.

 

Clothed Highlights
Visit the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao
Walk with the jet-set and pretend you own one of the large yachts in Biarritz
Hike in the woods of western Aquitaine
Visit a chateaux near Bordeaux and drink world-class wine

 

Naked Highlights
Skinnydip at the Basque coast
Visit the naturist villages CHM Monta and Euronat
Relax in the outdoor spa of Arnaoutchot

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How to Plan a Naturist Road Trip through Europe

By: Nick&Lins

Europe is a paradise for naturist vacations. When we look at NUDE, for example, we notice that the large majority of nude vacation destinations can be found in Europe. In fact, even in just the south-western part of Europe. The continent has much more to offer to its visitors than just an abundance of naturist resorts and nude beaches. Within relatively short distances you can find yourself indulged by amazing art and culture, standing in awe in front of magnificent architecture and exploring splendid nature. In short, Europe is an excellent destination for a naturist road trip.

 

Determining your nude road trip itinerary

We’ll start straight away with the most difficult part of planning your naturist road trip: Which places would you like to visit? You will need to make a selection. Back in 2019, we did an epic nude European road trip for more than 3.5 months and probably visited less than 5% of all naturist places, so covering them all is just not an option.

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One question you want to ask yourself before you start planning is where you want to put the focus of this trip.
Do you want to explore Europe and occasionally stay at a naturist place?
Or do you want a naturist vacation and occasionally visit some of the country’s highlights?

 

For finding the naturist options in a certain country or region, we recommend to have a look at our Destination page or to get one of our Ultimate Naturist Destination guides. If you would be looking at a region that we haven’t visited yet, you can always rely on NUDE as well to explore the options.

 

For all the other highlights, a guidebook might come in handy. Personally, we are big fans of the Lonely Planet guidebooks.

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When to go?

The naturist season (meaning: at least some agreeable weather during the day to spend some time outside in the nude) in Europe starts around early April and runs to the end of October. Of course, this is different from destination to destination, so we’ll give you an indication of when is the best time to travel to which part of Europe.

 

Netherlands: June to September
Belgium: June to September
Germany: June to September
Northern Italy: June to September
Southern Italy: May to October
Northern France: June to September
France Atlantic Coast: June to September
France Mediterranean Coast: May to October
Northern Atlantic Spain: June to September
Northern Mediterranean Spain: May to September
Southern Mediterranean Spain: April to October
Spain Canary islands: Year-round
Northern Portugal: June to September
Central Portugal: May to October
Southern Portugal: April to October
Greece: May to October
Croatia: May to October
Montenegro: May to October
Nordic countries: June to September
Eastern Europe: May to September

 

This is of course just an indication. Even in the middle of winter, there will be days when you can comfortably spend a couple of hours naked outside in southern Spain or southern Portugal, for example. But if you pick our proposed periods, your chances for decent naturist weather will be the highest.

 

Also important to keep in mind is that July and August are high season in pretty much all of Europe. This means more people and higher prices.

Where to stay?

For a very long time, naturist resorts in Europe were exclusively campings. Those days are in the past and the variety of European naturist options keeps growing year after year. Also, the campings have noticed this growing request for more comfort and luxury and tackle this with an offer of rental accommodations like safari tents, bungalows and mobile homes. Today, there are few naturist campings left where you can only stay when you bring your own accommodation.

 

The accommodation offer tends to differ from country to country. If the type of accommodation is important to you, here’s a short overview of what the different countries have to offer:

 

Netherlands: Campings and B&B
Belgium: Campings and 1 B&B at the coast
Germany: Campings
Italy: Campings and B&B
France: Mostly campings, a growing number of B&B and self-service apartments/villas.
Spain: Campings, hotels, B&B and self-service apartments/villas.
Portugal: Campings, B&B and self-service apartments/villas.
Greece: Hotels and self-service apartments/villas.
Croatia: Campings
Montenegro: Campings
Nordic countries: Campings
Eastern Europe: Campings.

 

NUDE is an excellent place to find naturist accommodations all over Europe (and the rest of the world).

Accommodations along the way

An advantage of naturist traveling in Europe is that naturist resorts are never far away from each other. Especially in western Europe, it’ll rarely take you more than a couple of hours to drive from one naturist place to the next. But there will always be reasons to choose for textile accommodation instead when you’re road tripping. After a romantic dinner in Paris, a day of exploring Rome, a night out in Berlin or an exhausting afternoon at a Spanish nude beach, you really don’t want to get back into the car anymore. Or wait for the next train.

 

To find textile accommodations, Booking.com is by far and large our preferred website. They often have amazing deals and after your second stay with them, you start receiving “genius” discounts.

 

Other websites which you definitely want to look into as well are Airbnb and HomeAway.

How to get around in Europe

The decision about how to move from one place to another in Europe will be a constant fight between your wallet and your ecological conscience. Strangely enough, the most polluting ways of travel, flying and driving, are also the cheapest. When we did our European road trip, we compared the prices for our long-distance journeys. Train travel appeared to be 5 times as expensive than flying. Go figure…

 

Flying

Sad but true, flying is in many cases the cheapest option to cross a distance of more than a couple of hundreds of kilometers in Europe. Ryanair is by far the most famous low-cost airline in the continent, but also with Wizzair, Vueling and Volotea it might happen that your coffee and sandwich in the airport turn out to be more expensive than your flight.

 

When booking with low-cost airlines, it’s important to keep in mind that the comfort of your flight will be little to none and that the company will pursue you to pay for every little extra.

 

An example:
We found a Ryanair flight from Brussels to Berlin for 13€
✔ Extra leg space: 9€
✔ Fast track: 9€
✔ 1 Hand luggage: 10€
✔ 1 check-in bag: 20€
✔ A soft drink and a snack on board: 5€
As you can see, a little bit of comfort easily makes our flight 5 times more expensive. You can definitely find great deals when flying low-cost airlines, but then you’ll need to leave all comfort behind.

 

To find the best flights, we recommend following websites:
Google Flights
Airfare Watchdog
Skyscanner
Jetradar

Train and bus

Although train travel can be quite expensive in Europe, it’s still by far our favorite way of traveling. There are several highspeed train networks which get you from one place to another in no time and the train is so much more comfortable than a plane. And then we’re not even mentioning the difference in ecological footprint.

 

If you’re planning to travel a lot by train and cover different countries, it can be interesting (and save you a couple of Euros) to buy a rail pass. The most popular providers of rail passes are:
Rail Europe
Eurail

 

Cheaper than the train, but less idyllic and much slower are the long haul bus companies. These connect the majority of European cities with each other for prices that are very competitive with flights and they tend to be more comfortable. The most popular European long haul bus companies are:
Flixbus (1 700 destinations in 28 countries)
Blablabus (300 destinations in 10 countries)
Eurolines (700 destinations in 32 countries)

 

Great websites to find the perfect bus schedule for your road trip are Busbud and Comparabus. Our previous example of the Brussels – Berlin lap would cost 23€ with Blablabus.

Car rental in Europe

If you’re hoping to add a lot of nude beaches and naturist resorts to your itinerary, you’ll find out that there will be no other choice than renting a car at one point or another. Public transport is great to get from one major highlight to another, naturist places have the tendency to be away from the major highlights.

 

Car rental offices can be found in all major airports and train stations and renting a car in Europe can be very cheap. As with low-cost airlines, also low-cost car rentals come with a side mark. Only when you know very well what you’re doing, you’ll be able to get ridiculously cheap deals. Lots of tips about how to pick the right car rental can be found in our blog post about how to travel without a travel agency.

 

There is, for example, often a very huge price difference between returning your car to the same place or to another city. And when renting a car, also the many tollways in Europe need to be taken into account. We found that car rentals are amazing (and a necessity) to get to naturist resorts, nude beaches and local highlights, but that it’s much more affordable to use public transport for the long distances.

 

Our favorite car rental websites are:
Auto Europe
Rentalcars.com

 

RV and camper rental in Europe

Since the majority of naturist resorts in Europe are campings and since the prices of rental accommodation tend to go up in the high season, you might want to look into renting a camper or RV instead. That’s transport and accommodation in one (well, of course you’ll still have to pay for your pitch, but that’s a fraction of the rental accommodation price).

 

A great website to find rental RVs and campers is Outdoorsy. It has the same principle as Airbnb, meaning that you rent from individuals and not from big companies, but Outdoorsy takes care of all the insurances so you can be certain of a safe and worriless journey.

 

When renting an RV or camper, keep in mind that in several European countries the road toll depends on the size of your vehicle. You might find a great deal on a 10-meter camper, but the tolls could turn out to be a disaster for your budget.

Tourist highlights and tours

We’ve already mentioned this in the introduction, it doesn’t matter whether you’re a food enthusiast, a wine connoisseur, an art lover, a culture fan or an architecture admirer, you’ll find all that in Europe.

 

Discovering a place on our own is always a lot of fun, but if we really want to dive into the local culture or learn about a place’s history, guided tours are quite a must. And a lot of fun as well.

 

Free walking tours are popular all over the world and also in Europe you’ll find one of those tours at lots of tourist highlights. The principle is easy. The tour itself is completely free and the guide will always be a local person talking about his or her city. In the end, you are expected to give the guide a voluntary tip. Although you’re technically not obliged to tip, it’s the only way how this cool system can keep existing. Different places often have their own free walking tour company, Sandemans is the most popular around Europe.

 

Another great website to find (paid) tours is Get Your Guide. This one doesn’t only provide tours but often also skip the line tickets for popular shows and tourist highlights.

 

The only thing left for us is to wish you an amazing naturist road trip through Europe. We hope that you’ll have a great time. When you take these planning tips into account, very little can go wrong.

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The Naturist Talks: Gaz from the UK and Japan

By: Nick&Lins

Naturism is a wonderful lifestyle that we try to enjoy as much as possible. In as many places as possible. Most of the time we share our own views on the different aspects of nudism but once in a while, we like to pass the mic to hear about how someone else’s experiences. Via this Naturist Talks interview series, we listen to naturists from all over the world. They share their experiences, tips and stories about naturism and thanks to them we keep learning about the different aspects of life in the nude.
Today we’re listening to Gaz, a naturist from the UK but currently living in Japan.

 

Hello Gaz, please tell us something about yourself

I’m a happily married man who teaches in Japan, though I’m originally from the UK. I suppose I’m your classic sci-fi fan, as I consider Star Wars, Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica to be the height of entertainment. Oh, and if there was one thing in the world I would want to be REALLY good at, it’s wine tasting. I love wine, and would love to be one of those people who can be blindfolded, take a sip and say “ah yes, that’s a 1934 vintage from Bordeaux.” Alas, my current skills are to take a sip and say, “uh, white?”.

 

How and at what age did you become a naturist?

As a teenager I used to be at home alone a lot. One day – I suppose I was maybe 15 – I got out of the shower one morning and walked through the house naked. When I reached my clothes I felt a feeling of disappointment, as in “oh great, have to put these on now I guess.” I was then suddenly struck by the question of, “wait, why?”.

 

Seized with a moment’s inspiration, I dropped the towel and wandered off about my day nude. It felt great! Better than that, it felt liberating and natural. Before I even knew terms like ‘nudist’ or ‘naturist’, I found myself opting to be naked any time I had the house to myself. Ever since then I have considered it a perfectly normal thing to do.

Is naturism allowed in your country and what’s the public opinion?

In the UK there are places to be naked, but where I live now, Japan, not exactly. Japan has no nude beaches or naturist clubs, and there is a (modern) resistance to the idea of being naked with people of the other gender.

 

In terms of being nude with people of the SAME gender, however, the Japanese are very liberated. At onsen (hot springs) and bath-houses, people of all ages happily get naked, totally comfortable with family, friends and strangers seeing them without any clothes. The vast majority of these places are strictly gender-segregated, but there are a few mixed-gender ones left if you look hard enough (not that I have been to any). Apparently this was much more common before Japan modernized in the late 1800s, but things have changed.

 

As for me, I have been to some onsens, but mostly I am naked at home. Given the insanely hot summers in Japan this is for the best! My wife is not as into being naked as I am, but she knows it helps me relax and encourages to me to be nude whenever I can. I would love it if Japan got just a single nude beach or naturist club, but alas, no.

The Naturist Talks: Gaz from the UK and Japan

What do you think is the best and worst thing about naturism?

The best thing is how relaxing it is. Naturism feels so natural – which of course it IS – and I find that it really helps me de-stress after a long day at work. I suppose in many places, but especially here in Japan, we are told at work to dress and look a certain way. Jobs are VERY controlling about our professional attire. Shedding my clothes when I get home really helps separate ‘work me’ from ‘relaxed me’. Naturism therefore really helps me get away from the stress of work, and that is a very valuable thing in today’s world.

 

As for the worst thing? Heating bills. Summers in Japan are hot, but the winters (especially in the mountains where I used to live) are freezing. I would much rather turn up the heat and relax naked than put on clothes, but such luxury comes with a price tag!

 

Do you find it easy to make naturist friends?

I don’t find it easy, because there are no clubs or beaches here in Japan that facilitate such friendship-building. However, I have found that some of my friends are as tolerant of my naturism as my wife, and its not uncommon for me to remain nude when we have visitors over. They may not share my naturism, but they accept it, and that is a wonderful thing.

The Naturist Talks: Gaz from the UK and Japan

What’s the best tip you have for beginning naturists?

Just start as I did, at home. Get comfortable with yourself, just doing normal daily things naked, until it becomes a totally routine, un-noteworthy thing. Then go from there!

 

Anything else you’d like to share with our audience?

No specific stories yet, but I am hoping to have a good one in a couple of months. My birthday is coming up, and I going to have a nude birthday party (inspired by the Naked Wanderings article on Nude Home Parties). Some of my friends are interested, though some have already politely declined. It won’t be a huge gathering, but it should be a fun night of games, food and wine! I hope it all works out!

 

Thank you so much for sharing your story Gaz!

 

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PICTURE CREDIT: Due to privacy reasons, Gaz prefers not to have personal photos published. We used generic photos instead.

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9 Tips to Make Your Naturist Vacations more Eco-Friendly

By: Nick & Lins

Ecological awareness, climate change and global warming have been hot topics for quite a while now. We would almost dare to call it a trend. It’s a bit sad when important things like those need to be hyped before people start thinking about them. Nevertheless, we’re happier that something like respect for the planet becomes trendy than let’s say Pokemon or Dr. Martens boots.

Naturists, in general, do take the condition of the earth and the human influence on it quite serious already. It’s in our mantra: “Respect for oneself, others and nature”. That’s why our nude beaches tend to be, especially at the end of a busy day, much cleaner than the surrounding textile beaches. Taking care of the environment is not something you do when you find the time for it. It’s not a hobby. It’s a state of mind. Something we also take along when we go on vacation.

With the following tips, you can make your naturist vacations even more eco-friendly than they already are.

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The Naturist Talks: Bob from the UK and Spain

By: Nick & Lins

Naturism is a wonderful lifestyle that we try to enjoy as much as possible. In as many places as possible. Most of the time we share our own views on the different aspects of nudism but once in a while we like to pass the mic to hear about how someone else’s experiences. Via this Naturist Talks interview series, we listen to naturists from all over the world. They share their experiences, tips and stories about naturism and thanks to them we keep learning about the different aspects of life in the nude.
Our guest for today is Bob, a naturist born in the UK but currently living in Spain.

Hello Bob, please tell us something about yourself

I am the Anglican Chaplain for the island of Fuerteventura. I’ve been a minister for 37 years in inner urban areas of the Diocese of Manchester in the UK and have been here now for 3 years. I’m married with two grownup sons. I studied Botany at university and was at staunch atheist but became a Christian whilst I was there which later led to training for ministry.

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17 Great Gift Ideas for Nudists

By: Nick & Lins

Christmas is just behind the corner and these couple of weeks before the holidays we have to start thinking about which gifts we will give our loved ones this year. Another pair of reindeer socks? Another one of those woolen Christmas sweaters? The options are plenty and beautifully decorated shop windows are screaming for our attention.
But what do we buy for our nudist friends and family members?

Actually, if you’ve been other posts on our blog you probably already figured out that nudists are just like all other people. Except that we prefer to do some things in the nude. So you can buy literally everything for your nudist friends that you would buy for your textile friends as well. Even clothes. Nevertheless, it might be fun to give your nude fellows something that could be handy or fun in their nudist life. If you lack inspiration, here are some tips.

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Everything you need to know before visiting the Zipolite Nudist Festival 2020

By: Nick & Lins

Finally. In 2020 we’re finally going to the Zipolite Nudist Festival. Ever since the first time we heard about the festival, we’ve put it high on our bucket list. When we visited Zipolite back in 2018 and fell in love with the cozy little town and its magnificent nude beach, the festival became the number one nudist event we wanted to attend. And now, within less than a month and a half, we’ll finally check it out. Can you hear how excited we are?
Because we’ve visited Zipolite before and because we’ve been doing quite a lot of research about the festival lately, we ended up with some valuable information which we want to share with you. Maybe it can be a help to plan your first visit to the festival. Or maybe it’ll trickle your imagination so much that you’ll call in sick at work and get the first flight to Mexico. That’s up to you.

What is the Zipolite Nudist Festival?

We’ve already written quite a lot about Zipolite in previous blog posts, so we’re not going to repeat all of that. Important to know is that Zipolite has been known as a nudist destination since the 1950s. That’s long before the large nudist resorts found their way to the Mexican Riviera Maya. In the early days, Zipolite was mostly popular among local nudists and hippies, but that changed in the 21st century when more and more travelers found their way to the cozy little beach town.

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The Naturist Talks: Ana from Croatia

By: Nick & Lins

Naturism is a wonderful lifestyle that we try to enjoy as much as possible. In as many places as possible. Most of the time we share our own views on the different aspects of nudism but once in a while, we like to pass the mic to hear about how someone else’s experiences. Via this Naturist Talks interview series, we listen to naturists from all over the world. They share their experiences, tips and stories about naturism and thanks to them we keep learning about the different aspects of life in the nude.
Today we’re listening to Ana, 30-something from Croatia

Hello Ana, please tell us something about yourself

I’m currently married to a Croatian man, so I live in Croatia. We met when I visited Croatia on vacation. Now we have a lovely baby girl. We have been able to visit one nudist resort near Rovinj in Croatia. There are also many small coves up and down the coast where you can have seclusion to be nude unofficially.

How and at what age did you become a naturist?

When I married my first husband in New York, I found he liked to be nude a lot. He got me to try nude hiking. I liked the feel of nothing on my skin but air. Or water, if we were swimming. Then I started being nude at home.

PICTURE CREDIT: Due to privacy reasons, Ana prefers not to have personal photos published. We used generic photos instead.

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9 Nudist Blogs You Really want to Follow in 2020

By: Nick & Lins

It’s that time of the year. Reindeers are making their nests on snow-covered roofs. Friendly bearded men in red pajamas are bringing joy to the families and Mariah Carey seems to be everywhere again. We know what that means. 2019 is about to end. Time to start making your new year’s resolutions. How many people are you going to make happy in 2020? Which foods and drinks are you going to leave behind? More exercise? Less smoking?
We can’t help you with that. But we can help you figuring out which nudist blogs will be worth a read in the new year. Below are a number of nudist blogs that we’ll definitely keep an eye on in 2020.

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Musings about the Terminology of Social Nudity

By: Nick & Lins

We got into a discussion the other day because we had decided to add The Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society to our list of promising nudists blogs for 2020. The other party was correct. This blog has very little to do with nudism or naturism. They don’t talk about nudism or the different aspects of it. They don’t talk about naturist resorts or nude beaches. There is a huge case of gender-inequality. Basically, it’s just a group of women who get nude or topless together. Although their blog is largely non-sexual, in one of their latest posts they do talk about the erotic side of nudity and even about orgies.
Everyone who has just read this first paragraph will agree with our friend that this blog has nothing to do with nudism at all and that we’ve made a mistake adding them to our list. Then the question arises: “if they’re not a nudist blog, then what are they?”.
We can’t say that it’s a sexual blog because 95% of their posts are non-sexual.
It’s has nothing to do with swinging either.
A feminist or female-liberation blog might be an option, but where do we put the social nudity in that picture?
We have a serious terminology issue here.

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