What we learned from working in a clothing optional campground

What we learned from working in a clothing optional campground

Those of you who have read our previous Naked Travels review or who follow our Newsletter already know that we’ve spent about 2 weeks helping out in clothing optional eco campground Full Monte in Montenegro. Since it was the first time that we actually worked on a campground, we did learn a lot of course. A lot about the whole eco thing, but that’s not what we’re going to talk about here. If you’d like to know more about that, feel free to send us a message.

 

What we will talk about is the clothing optional environment. Some of you might remember our blog post Is clothing optional the new nudism? of a couple of months ago, in which we wondered if we shouldn’t move forward to clothing optional in order to secure a future for nudism. We received a wide range of reactions on this post, some found it an excellent idea, some were sure that it would be the end of nudism. And of course there were many in between. We love it when we receive different opinions, because that proves that there are different types of nudists who all have different needs, wishes and requirements. But if you ask us, we’re actually quite fans of clothing optional, even more since we dived straight into it.

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There are so many different kinds of nudists
The owner of the campground where we helped out was what people call a 24/7 nudist. He is literally naked all day and all night. Only when he had to leave the property, which didn’t happen very often, he put on some pants but the first thing he did when returning to the gate was to take them off again. It was almost as he had an allergy to textile. We don’t really consider ourselves the same. Back in Belgium we’re only naked when it’s more or less convenient, when we know we won’t have to leave the house and nobody will visit us, because we find it a bit too much of a hassle to put our clothes on and off ten times a day. But over here, as we were always inside the camp, we suddenly noticed that we hadn’t been wearing clothes for days. Without knowing we had become 24/7 nudists as well. But that’s because we had nowhere to go of course.

 

The visitors of the campground did of course spend a lot of time at the other side of the fence, exploring the nearby sights or spending their afternoons on the beach. That’s when you see the different kinds of nudists. Some remained undressed until right before they left and got they clothes off the first minute of their return, others were naked in the morning but didn’t bother to undress again when they returned and others did it exactly the other way around. Some enjoyed being naked among others while some preferred being dressed or topless. Some were only naked around their tent, some only when they walked to and from the shower, some ate naked and others liked to wear some clothes at the table. Some spent one whole day nude and the next day clothed. And all of this was possible, and completely normal, because they had the option.

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Improve your body confidence by going clothing optional
One of the biggest concerns about clothing optional is of course the fear that textiles will take over the place. That suddenly you will be the only nudie. Actually it did happen a couple of times to us that after breakfast everyone got clothed to go out and that at a certain point we were the only ones in our birthday suit. And we have to admit, in the beginning it did feel a bit uncomfortable. Even though we knew that many of the others were also nudists and we had seen them naked before, suddenly we felt more vulnerable. Funny enough, that feeling passed quite quickly and in the end we did feel more confident about ourselves. Right now we don’t have the slightest problem anymore with being naked among the clothed, even not when everyone else is clothed, even not when everyone else isn’t even a nudist.

 

It does happen of course on a clothing optional place that other visitors aren’t nudists. Especially in this place, which was also visited for its eco friendliness and because it’s completely self sustainable. One of the most important lessons we’ve learned here is that most of the textiles who visit a clothing optional place are not perverts wanting to spot some naked bodies. Of course we believe that such things do happen from time to time, but we can’t say that we’ve seen a single person with the wrong intentions. In fact, all textiles we met were open minded people with whom we’ve had great discussions about all kinds of topics. And that’s another thing which we appreciate a lot about clothing optional environments, you talk about other stuff than the common nudie chit chat. We’ve all been there, when you meet another nudist the first questions are often “How long have you been a nudist?”, “What are your favorite nudist spots?” and “How much time do you spend naked?”. In the end, the conversations are 95% of the time about being a nudist. Which is normal of course, because you know that it’s the one thing you have in common. But it gets a bit boring after a while and we noticed that in a clothing optional place we often talked about other topics, completely ignoring that one is naked and the other one clothed and thus, in a way, considering the fact of being nude as the most normal thing in the world.

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And then they take the plunge
We can certainly say that every textile we’ve met at “our” campground was totally fine with our nudity, acted completely normal about it, but just didn’t feel the need to go naked as well. At least not in the beginning.
Some nudists have struggled a long time before they dared to take the step into social nudity and for others it just went automatically. Because we’ve spent quite some time at the campground, we got the chance to see people evolve. It’s a beautiful thing to see how someone, who had no intentions at all to go nude, suddenly does take the step. We have to say that the familiar and secure environment probably did the trick, but we saw it happening a couple of times during the time that we were there. There was the young couple who was attracted to the eco system and decided to stay two days in the camp. During the first day they hung around in their swimsuits but in the afternoon of their second day the girl had taken off her top. Then there was the family with two kids who stayed four days, the first two days they were completely dressed, the third day we spotted them being naked around their tent and the fourth day they all hung around the common areas in the bare. And there were several others. We even (and we know it’s not very nice of us) started to play a game called “will they go nude or not”.

 

Of course we didn’t always know from before if people had the intention to become nudists or not. It’s not really polite to say “hey, we didn’t think you’d have the guts to drop your pants” and neither is it something you actually talk about. You just let it happen. Needless to say that a clothing optional spot is the ideal start for beginning nudists, but it’s also the perfect (and probably only) place for mixed textile-nudist couples. And also if you want to introduce your friends or partner to nudism. We’ve had two girls for example, one got naked the minute she arrived and the other one needed two days until she felt comfortable enough. But in the end there was one new nudist in the world. Now try to convince us again that clothing optional is bad for the future of nudism.

 

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8 thoughts on “What we learned from working in a clothing optional campground

  1. I do think that clothing optional is the only way to move the nudist movement forward. Most clubs are struggling to attract new members .especially younger ones.so making clubs clothing optional is a viable option. The big nudist resorts will always cater for those who can afford them but ordinary people who want to try nudism could be drawn to clothing optional clubs and beaches. The problem with the beaches is that too many clothed people could drive out the nudist people. Nudist beaches should be just for nudists.make it a rule that to be there you must be nude.

    1. Indeed, the danger is that textiles will overtake the clothing optional places (something we actually saw happened in Plat, Croatia). We think that the key here would be some sort of “management”, which could just be a group of nudists who visit the place regularly and make sure the other nudists feel comfortable and intervene where necessary.

  2. When nudies first experience social nudity with others, we call it ‘the ten seconds of terror’ or something similar. Those ten seconds where your heart’s beating fast and you’re suddenly past the edge of your comfort zone with a toe dipped into a new social order….but then it’s over and you’re suddenly fine again. Then the personal jubilation kicks in, and ‘Why didn’t I do this earlier?’ springs from your lips. But reading your blog has made me realise that actually, there are two separate instances of the ten seconds of terror. The ten seconds nude in front of nudies, and then *another* ten seconds in front of *clothed* people. It sounds like you experienced this in your blog! I’ve highlighted before in response to your previous excellent blog on this topic that one of the most helpful divisions to make in terms of different types of ‘naturist’ is not liberal/conservative, lifestyle/bucket-lister, club/non-club, but is in fact the distinction between nudies that have become comfortable around clothed people and those that haven’t. A poll I ran on Twitter suggested that only 50% of a group of ~250 largely committed largely male nudies were comfortable being the only one nude in a room of clothed people. Given the bias in the responder demographic I think therefore that’s an upper bound on the true proportion of all nudies. Not all nudies are equal once the first ten seconds are over. How does this impact the clothes-optional debate? Well environments can be created for both types of nudie, and we’ve already looked at how this impacts things like club environments and beach segregations, but maybe encouragement should be aimed at committed nudies to take the next step and build confidence further around clothed people, for once that happens, truely clothes-optional environments become happy places for everyone, clothed or not.

  3. Had to smile at the “will they go nude or not” game. I admit it’s a game I play in my head as I give people our welcome tour. You should have told me, we could have kept a score. Also loved your comment “”It’s a beautiful thing to see how someone, who had no intentions at all to go nude, suddenly does take the step.” As you know, we do our best not to preach to “textile” visitors about the advantages of shedding clothes at Camp Full Monte but I always shout a silent “Yes!!!” in my head when I see a guest realise that it’s no big deal, the world will not end, and that it just makes sense. Already had a few “Yes” moments today and they won’t be the last. Thanks again for a great post guys.

  4. I couldn’t agree more with your sentiments. As someone who has posed nude for artists on several occassions, I can certainly vouch for the joy I felt interacting with clothed individuals while I was nude.

  5. I don’t recognize ‘the common nudie chit chat’. To my experience it is easier to socialize on naturist sites than on textile ones, but the conversation is never limited to naturist items only. On naturist sites we got more interesting information about places to visit and things to do than in many tourist offices. And yes, we got advice about other naturist places as well. Some of which brouuught us to some now favorite sites where we made new friendships.

  6. My wife and I play the “will they or won’t they” game at the beach. we spend a lot of time at gunnison beach in new Jersey in the US. It’s popular and easy to get to and attracts a lot of nude people and many who are curious. I love seeing newbies arrive, get comfortable at their own pace and end up nude.

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