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The Naturist Talks: John from Malta

The Naturist Talks: John from Malta

As you may have read in the very first post of this blog, one of the main reasons why we started this project is to show the world that naturists are not some strange dark commune but that actually everyone could be one… Or could enjoy being one if they took the first step.

 

Our main example of “everyone” is of course ourselves, we write posts about naturism in general but also about our own experiences. But some of you might be thinking “Yes sure, those two are probably just the strange kids in the block…” (nah, we know you’re not thinking that about us, but we’re trying to write an introduction here). So we decided to let other naturists have a word as well.

 

So please sit back and get inspired!

 

Meanwhile we already published several interviews with people from all over the world. You can find them in the The Naturist Talks section.
Today we’ll be talking with John, who’s 24 and lives in Malta

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Hello John, tell us something about yourself
I’ve always been a quiet lad, sociable when I feel like but not really the one at the center of attraction. Books, animals and nature have always been my best friends. So has God. I consider myself to be a very spiritual person, and I see the divine in many things.

 

How and at what age did you become a naturist?
While initially I was a very shy boy, when I became a teenager I realized that opening up to others has its own pleasures. I found more satisfaction in discarding any shame attached to my body, and I began to feel the urge to reveal myself as I truly am, without getting too concerned with other people’s opinions. I was around 14 years old when I decided to be a nudist.

 


Is naturism allowed in your country and what’s the public opinion?
No, it’s actually illegal. It is extremely frowned upon, and associated with lunacy.

 

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Do you consider yourself a naturist, a nudist or an occasional nudist?
I would, in all honesty, describe myself as an occasional nudist.

 

Do you find it easy to make naturist friends?
Not really. Due to the situation in my country, I do not have easy excess to any nudist environments, and usually I resort to websites and online fora when I desire to chat about the subject. Video chat is a poor substitute, but useful nonetheless.

 
 
 

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

 

Anything else you’d like to share with our audience?
My dream is to visit some naturist or clothing optional establishment abroad, and experience the nudist lifestyle in the fullest.

 
Thank you so much for your participation John!

Do you also want to tell your story and experiences in naturism? Please get in touch via the CONTACT page! As long as we have people who like to contribute, we can keep The Naturist Talks running!

 

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Nakation on a budget

Nakation on a budget

One of our biggest passions is traveling. Those of you who have been following us for a while have probably heard this a thousand times, but it’s true. We love traveling!
But traveling costs money, lots of money, and is therefor often seen as a luxury product.
And it’s true, two weeks at the nude resort, a room for you, one for the kids, food, drinks, excursions… It can easily set you back a couple of thousands of dollars.
When we tell people that on average we travel about 2 months a year, they think we’re millionaires.
but we’re not.
Actually, we don’t spend more money during those 2 months than others do in 2 weeks.
If you travel for the sake of traveling, you can limit a lot of costs. On the other hand, if your perfect holiday means laying all day next to the swimming pool, drinking margaritas and being pampered, we’re afraid that this article will be totally useless for you.

 

Get a tent
The first nudist holidays were all about camping, especially in Europe. And still there are lots of nudist campgrounds all over Spain, France, Germany and Croatia. These campgrounds differ a lot from each other, some are very basic tent camps and others are almost villages with cottages and shops.
But everywhere there will be a place for your tent.
People often see the disadvantages of camping: Back pains from the hard ground, changing clothes in such a small area, having to use a public shower where changing clothes is even more difficult (and where they without doubt get soaking wet), the noises of your drunk neighbour, and so on.
Well… that’s all bullsh*t!

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At the moment there are top quality air mattresses, some will be self inflatable and otherwise there are several types of automatic pumps so without any effort you get a bed almost as good as the one at home.
Changing clothes in a tent or a shower cabin is indeed very annoying, but don’t forget: You’re on a nudist campground! You have the whole place to change clothes (if you even decide to wear them).
The same thing goes for loud neighbours. On a textile campground that’s indeed often an issue, but it never happened to us on a nudist campground. Nudists are often more relaxed and quiet people, they are less yelling and they don’t have loud televisions. And there’s often much more space. The tents are not cramped next to each other but everyone has their own area.

 

Sleeping in a tent also means being close to nature. We can assure you, there’s no better way to wake up than hearing the birds sing, opening your tent door and stepping outside, feeling the wet grass between your toes and the sun on your body. That’s waking up as it’s supposed to be.

 

Naked cooking
For many people cooking is a burden.
You have been working the whole day, you get home, you’re exhausted, you’re hungry and there are a couple of hungry mouths waiting for you to feed them. So you have to prepare something. Quick!
You don’t want that when you’re on a holiday.

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However, cooking can be very relaxing and social, if you take the time for it. Get some fresh vegetables and spend the morning with the family preparing them. Have a drink, have some chats and enjoy the moment.
Many B&B’s and campgrounds give you the opportunity to cook for yourself, take advantage of that. Open a bottle of wine and start cooking. Even if you’re not a great cook, there are lots of easy recipes for salads or basic meals available on the internet. Give them a try. But most important, do it together! Cooking is great family time. If you’re not traveling with a family, invite a stranger. Whether you’re on a campground, a resort or a B&B, you will always find someone who wants to have dinner with you.

 

You will end up with great food and great conversations, at a minimum cost.

 

Surf a couch
Couchsurfing is often seen as something that enables the broke student to travel a bit. But it’s much more than that. For those not familiar with the concept: Couchsurfing is a community based on free accommodation. If you have a spare room or bed and you like meeting new people, Couchsurfing is a way to get guests from all over the world. And if you like to travel but you don’t want to spend much money on accommodation, you can stay at someone’s house. For free.

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Saying that Couchsurfing is something for the broke teenage traveler is a misconception. We would rather describe it as a way of traveling for those who want to get local insight in a place. You are staying with someone who doesn’t want your money, only your company. You get a glimpse of how people live and your host is the best person to show you the spots the other tourists don’t get to see.

 

We have Couchsurfed all over the world and never had a single bad experience.
Many tourists in Brazil skip the city of Sao Paulo because it’s too big and too dangerous. We had a blast in Sao Paulo, but only because of our Couchsurfing hosts. They took us to meet their friends, to see how people live and work in the city, to hidden bars and restaurants and importantly, they told us exactly which places we should stay away from.
When traveling, the local’s advice is gold. When Couchsurfing, it’s free gold.

 

Weekend not away
We are well aware that not everyone wants to travel the way we do. For many, a holiday is an escape from all day life and to give their body and mind some rest.
What if we told you that you can do that without spending money?
The trick is to have a nakation at home.
Beware! It’s sometimes not as easy as it looks…

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The trick is to change your mindset about “home”. Often home is the place where you still have to do some laundry, where the alarm clock is set, where food has to be ready at 1PM, where the grass has to be mowed, the garbage taken outside and the dishes washed.
For one or two days you have to think of home as a place that is fully yours, where you can do what you want and when you want it. Where you don’t have to worry about a single thing.

 

To make this work, you’ll need some preparation. Make sure that your agenda is totally empty (you don’t do conference calls when in Jamaica either) and make sure all groceries are done. You shouldn’t have any reason to leave the house.
Think about what you’re going to eat and drink that weekend and get it upfront. Decide to order food or to make it together (as mentioned above). The night before, you shut down your smartphone, tablet and laptop (maybe even the tv) and you go to bed. No alarms set.
The next morning you wake up in your nakation at home. Don’t put on clothes and start your day naked, have long breakfasts, long showers, read a book, workout, do whatever you like to do on your nakation. Leave the dishes for after the weekend. Relax. Be naked from when you get out of bed until you get in again. This is your naked time.

 

If you do this well, the first morning you will really awake with a holiday feeling. You will feel the sensation of being naked around the house and doing exactly what you want to do. The last night will feel like the end of a holiday, which went way too fast…

 

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The Naturist Talks: Cheri from the USA

The Naturist Talks: Cheri from the USA

As you may have read in the very first post of this blog, one of the main reasons why we started this project is to show the world that naturists are not some strange dark commune but that actually everyone could be one… Or could enjoy being one if they took the first step.

 

Our main example of “everyone” is of course ourselves, we write posts about naturism in general but also about our own experiences. But some of you might be thinking “Yes sure, those two are probably just the strange kids in the block…” (nah, we know you’re not thinking that about us, but we’re trying to write an introduction here). So we decided to let other naturists have a word as well.

 

So please sit back and get inspired!

 

Meanwhile we already published several interviews with people from all over the world. You can find them in the The Naturist Talks section.
Today we’ll be listening to Cheri from the USA who founded the Travelites Nudist Retreat and Club almost 30 years ago.

 


Hello Cheri, tell us something about yourself
I live in Hopkins, South Carolina, which is southeast and adjacent to Columbia. I retired from working at a University for 16 years and prior to that worked in physicians’ offices. My husband and best friend for 23 years passed on 4 months ago in an auto accident in which my car was totaled, now I’m driving a 2013 Hyndai Tucson (a mid-size SUV).

 

I have 3 tabby cats and live on a few acres with a pool and hot tub. I grew up in New York, actually LI with a sister and 2 parents before they passed on. We were not wealthy and went to a public beach regularly.
My sister was also a skinny-dipper and spent a number of visits from FL enjoying the relaxation my hot tub offers. I didn’t have pets growing up, but now my family includes 3 cats: Cali, age 4; Cici age 2; and Uni, 10 months. I am not the Crazy Cat Lady, these are all rescues. All life is precious.

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How and at what age did you become a naturist?
Growing up in Long Beach, LI, NY, I came to dislike sand as it often got trapped within the swimsuit. I always changed into a dry suit as soon as possible. I very disliked sleeping in a nightgown or pajamas as the nightclothes always were tangled up around me. Often times, I would toss them off and sleep much better.

 

Fast forward to my first experience with nude recreation.
I was vacationing at a resort in the Caribbean. The first two days were spent on the beach sitting in a soggy swimsuit and being chafed by sand. I signed up for a day boat trip and picnic at a beach on an island away from the resort. As we were leaving, I discovered that the excursion was to an island with a nude beach! I decided to go anyway, thinking no way was anybody getting me out of my suit. I stood firm, and in fact, was the last person to give in and shed my swimsuit – I was the last one to get dressed to return to the resort. Why hadn’t someone told me about this sooner? I was hooked, and that was over 30 years ago. The phrase, “nude when possible, clothed when practical,” definitely describes me. I do wear at least shoes when vacuuming the house though as I have a habit of running over my toes with the vacuum cleaner.

 

I admit that my first reaction was that this is something that was not an acceptable practice. I was unaware that there are national organizations and did not know anyone who could shed light on this relaxing way of life. The literature available today, some of which your significant other might have asked you to look over, tells it like it is. Everyone will tell you that once you have made your first visit, the feeling of apprehension will vanish. Until you experience a thing for yourself, words cannot tell you how you should feel or how you should act or react.

 

Some common fears of women with whom I have been in contact include being secretly worried that she wouldn’t be as attractive to her spouse as she had been, compared with all the beautiful figures she was sure must be there.
For the most part, there is a normal cross-section of the population. The solution for this particular lady was the security she felt in her relationship and that the relationship was based on more than just physical attractiveness.

 

Another fear is what sort of people will I meet. You will meet doctors, lawyers, clergymen and women, taxi drivers, accountants, secretaries, warehouse- men, waiters, school teachers, moms, dads, grandparents, teenagers, infants.
We are your neighbors, your friends.
It’s a wonderful feeling to meet entirely new people and enjoy new interests and activities. There is a peculiar thing you have to experience to believe, but there is a friendliness about nudists that you will generally not find in any other group. I have come to count our nudist friends among my closest. They seem to always be there for me, for us.

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Is naturism allowed in your country and what’s the public opinion?
I started a non landed club almost 30 years ago. It has grown into Travelites Nudist Retreat and Club. Anything behind a privacy fence and cannot be seen from the public right of way. In the past 23 years of enjoying my chosen way to de-stress and relax, I had been a moderator on the Naturist Bulletin Board on Prodigy ISP for a number of years. I have documented a great number of people who became or compromised with their partner how or I spoke with them either via mail or because they have read my brochure (listed in the White Pages). I even explained it to our county’s Business License folk and have had a business license for my Retreat)

 

The first time I arrived in the Carolinas and visited a nudist park. My then husband and I sat in the hot tub and overheard a couple speaking of how they found clothes-free lives. My name came up as I was the one who talked to them on the Bulletin Boards on Prodigy. I introduced myself, and it became almost like a Family Reunion.

 

Personally, I’ve never had a problem enjoying naturism. I want to enjoy my chosen way of living and not flaunt it.

 

I have spoken to our state’s legislative committees regarding nudism and have even testified at two trials. The judge in each case understood how naturism/nudism is the great human equalizer. While standing in line at the supermarket or anywhere. I might start chatting with someone near me especially in the summertime saying wouldn’t it be great to go skinny dipping since the weather is so hot.

 

We hate to divide people into groups, but we’ll do it anyway…
Do you consider yourself a naturist, a nudist or an occasional nudist?
I consider myself a nudist and use naturist as a synonym. I can sit on my back deck with a cup of coffee and listen to nature. I like swimming without a suit; I don’t like the feel of the material dragging me down or wrapping around my legs.

 

Cheri & GeorgeDo you find it easy to make naturist friends?
Naturists are probably the friendliest of any groups/sect you meet. I get along with everyone. We’ve had nudist friends who were in their 20s to well past retirement age. Age is just a number. I have probably spoken to a variety of people about different topics. I’ve learned from younger people about their generation, and they’ve learned from me.

 

Nudists are comprised of a cross-section of the population and consist of car buffs, horse breeders, farmers, post office employees, teachers, secretaries, police officers, nurses, physicians, dentists, your neighbors, your friends. We do not wear signs stating that we’re nudists, but my car does have decals around it.

 

What’s the best tip you have for beginning naturists?
Bring your own snacks and drinks, water, soda….whatever might be allowed at your destination. Some nudist venues do not allow outside food. Call ahead and ask. You don’t want to be seen as a parasite. Find out if you should bring your own chaise lounge or beach chair and umbrella.

 

Remember to sit on your own towel to protect you from the bench, grass, or sand and protect your surroundings from you. Splinters hurt. Wear sunscreen and comfortable shoes for walking on hot sand or pavement. Sandals or flip flops work well. You might also want to bring a hat or cap with a wide brim to keep your face from sunburn. The more often you are sunburned, the more chance of skin cancer.

 

Anything else you’d like to share with our audience?
My late husband and I met online where I was a moderator in 1991. We were friends posting publicly with an occasional email. I posted a note asking if anyone could pick me up at the Orlando airport for the AANR(one of the 2 national organizations in the US) convention that was to be held at a resort in Kissimmee. He was the first to respond. He understood I was unemployed at the time and said not to worry, we won’t starve.

 

He met me at the airport, we hugged and headed out to the resort. That evening we were sitting at picnic table till past 9:30 just talking. After a while we realized how late it was getting. Happily, he had brought his Coleman propane stove and cooked the best ever hamburgers. He walked me to my accommodations; we said goodnight.. The next morning we met for breakfast and the rest is history. Almost a year later, we returned to that Resort to get married. We were best friends for 23 years.

 

Thank you so much for your participation Cheri!

Do you also want to tell your story and experiences in naturism? Please get in touch via the CONTACT page! As long as we have people who like to contribute, we can keep The Naturist Talks running!
The social nudie

The social nudie

There are plenty of reasons why people chose to become nudists, we have already discussed some in our article 7 reasons why you want to be a nudie so we’re not going to repeat them all. But shortly summarized it’s mostly about comfort, self esteem, liberation or the connection to nature.
Those are the same reasons we use to explain our nudie lifestyle when people ask about it and more than often the other party understands, agrees or even gets tickled to give it a try themselves.
But recently someone countered our answer with: “Yes, but why do you need to do that in group?”
“Well… well.. yes… good question!”

 

As a matter of fact we couldn’t really think of a good reason at that moment. And the person was right. We all have our own reasons to be nude, whether it’s because we don’t like tan lines or because we prefer the touch of a summer breeze over the touch of fabric on our bodies. Those reasons explain why we like to take off our clothes, but not why we like to do so among others.
We had to think about this because this question kept playing in our heads (and because we hate to stand speechless).
Why do we sometimes travel far to (and often spend money on) just being naked in group?

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People are social animals
At first we tried to laugh the question away with the idea that we were actually just looking for places to be nude and that we didn’t care about the others, they just happened to be there. But we knew that wasn’t the case.
Why did we chose to spend our holidays in a nudist resort instead of a private beach house where we could also get naked?
Why do we drive for an hour to the nudist club for an afternoon of sunbathing when we could do that in our own garden?

 

The thing is that we humans like to spend time with other humans. Well at least most of us. And of course we prefer to spend time with our close friends, but most of them aren’t nudists. So it’s often a hard nut to crack, especially on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Do you want to spend time with our friends or do we want to be naked?
When our nudie souls take over, we have to replace our friends. Well, not really replace them, just for the afternoon.

 

And we also like to make new friends, but how do you do that at our age? As a kid it was easy, your parents took you to the playground and you started playing with the other kids. But when you have the same partner, job and sports club for years, you don’t make that many new friends anymore.
At a nudist club, at least you know you’ll have one common interest with everyone. The love for being naked. And other than that you know that nudists in general are friendly and social people. It happened quite a lot that we just said “Hello” to someone and ended up talking for ages.

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No more boundaries
Another important factor why we don’t make that many new friends as we used to is because we often hesitate to talk to someone based on how they look or what they own. We’re not going to start a conversation with the guy in the suit when we are wearing some scruffy training pants and neither will we try talking to the woman who just stepped out of her Aston Martin. It’s a shame really, but it’s who we are. We don’t like to be rejected or looked down upon so we try to avoid situations where such a thing could happen.
And the sad thing is that this works in both ways. Many of the rich and famous are actually pretty lonely because nobody even tries to get in contact with them. We’ve all heard stories about the very pretty girl who couldn’t get a boyfriend because all guys thought she was out of their league. Well, same thing.

 

As soon as you get passed the “No clothing allowed from this point” sign, all those superficial boundaries disappear. You’ll have no idea whether the person you’re talking to is an artist or a doctor or a lawyer, whether they are millionaires or completely broke. They are just persons. Just like you.
And you may have spotted a Porsche on the parking lot, but you have no idea whose is it. Actually this is good material for a guessing game as it turns out that most of the time you’re completely wrong. At least we are.

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Learn something new
The things we do in the nude are often quite few when we limit ourselves to our home. Even though we’re pretty inventive, it didn’t take long before we got completely used to naked cleaning, cooking, sleeping or gardening. Remembering the fact that we loved skinny dipping when we were teenagers we soon started looking for places where we could do that again. Nudist places.

 

It’s also in nudist places that we learned that practically everything is possibly naked, as long as someone does some organisation. More or less every sport is practiced naked somewhere, the most common are table tennis, regular tennis, volleyball and jeu de boule but there are also nudist clubs organising nude 5k runs, nude hikes, nude surfing or nude horseback riding. For those who really like it rough, there’s even a nude Rugby club in New Zealand.

 

This is not limited to sports either, several nudist clubs organise art workshops for those into drawing or body painting. There are nudist dance classes, quizzes, karaoke evenings, parties, you name it.

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Brave new world
A final reason we could think of is that from time to time we like to exchange our “real” world for a more perfect one. A world of equality, harmony, peace and friendliness. A world where people are happy and nice to each other. A world without noise. A world without violence. A world without cell phones. A world where nobody’s the boss and everyone gets along.

 

Okay, okay, we might be a bit romanticizing here. A visit to the nudist club is nothing more than a snapshot of life, it’s not life itself. But that doesn’t take away the fact that it’s a happy place. A place where you can take off your sorrows together with your clothes and put them in a locker. At least for a while. And it just wouldn’t feel the same if there was no one else.

 

When we were just newbie nudies, we often felt different. The fact that we like to spend our time naked kind of separated us from the rest of the world. It was hard to put our finger on. Was it a fetish? A hobby? A strange twist in our heads?

By visiting nudist clubs we found out that we weren’t that different at all. That twist appeared to be a lifestyle shared by many others. And suddenly… we felt normal again.

 

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The Naturist Talks: John from the USA

The Naturist Talks: John from the USA

As you may have read in the very first post of this blog, one of the main reasons why we started this project is to show the world that naturists are not some strange dark commune but that actually everyone could be one… Or could enjoy being one if they took the first step.

 

Our main example of “everyone” is of course ourselves, we write posts about naturism in general but also about our own experiences. But some of you might be thinking “Yes sure, those two are probably just the strange kids in the block…” (nah, we know you’re not thinking that about us, but we’re trying to write an introduction here). So we decided to let other naturists have a word as well.

 

So please sit back and get inspired!

 

Meanwhile we already published several interviews with people from all over the world. You can find them in the The Naturist Talks section.
Our guest for today is John, a 51 year young pharmacist from Wisconsin, USA.

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Hello John, tell us something about yourself
I am a 51 year old man who lives in Barneveld, Wisconsin, USA. I am a pharmacist and have both my bachelors and doctorate degrees in pharmacy. I am not married, but in a committed relationship with a wonderful woman. I live in the country in an old cheese factory that has been converted into a ranch style home. I have a Harley Softail that I love to ride. I don’t have any pets but love all types of animals. I enjoy all outdoor activities like fishing, kayaking, camping, hiking, etc. I enjoy staying as fit as I can and workout 5 days per week, mostly with weights.

 

How and at what age did you become a naturist?
I always knew from a young age that I preferred being clothes free. I would be nude anytime that I was left alone or when I would go to the woods. I was married for 22 years and was never very body confident. I was an obese child, then lost weight, but lost my hair at about age 18. I was made fun of a lot and was extremely self conscious of every part of my body. I did not feel comfortable going bare foot or taking off my shirt in public.

 

After my divorce I went to my first nude beach at age 46 and could not believe how at ease I felt once I got there. I walked up and down the beach completely nude and was not made fun of. I felt like I was free. I went to a few other resorts shortly after that. My self image has improved greatly and I now can walk with confidence into any room without fear of being judged.
I bought a house in the country surrounded by farms and put up a privacy fence so that I can enjoy my yard clothes free when the weather is warm enough. I live life nude as much as I can and am always nude at home.

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Is naturism allowed in your country and what’s the public opinion?
Naturism is tolerated in some places, but not really legal where I live. If someone were to report you for being nude, it is possible that you could be arrested and charged with anything from public indecency to a sex crime. I have a privacy fence around my yard so that nobody driving by can see in without really trying. There is a private resort close by that I can go to if I want to be in a more social setting.

 

We hate to divide people into groups, but we’ll do it anyway…
Do you consider yourself a naturist, a nudist or an occasional nudist?
I love being nude in nature, but I am probably more of a nudist than a true naturist. I live life as nude as possible.

 

Do you find it easy to make naturist friends?
I find it very hard to make naturist friends.
There is no good place to really meet other nudists. My girlfriend is not a nudist and has said she would not feel comfortable going with me. Single men are often outcasts due to the behavior of many of them. I have met a couple people on the web and we hung out a while, but I haven’t seen them lately. I am currently attempting to start a MeetUp group in my area, but often those joining these types of things have other motives.

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What’s the best tip you have for beginning naturists?
Relax…breathe…enjoy! Once you step in, you will see how freeing this lifestyle is.

 


Anything else you’d like to share with our audience?
I went to resort in Jamaica with my then girlfriend a few years ago.
We met several people and one evening I was sitting nude on the lounge chair talking to them. They and my girlfriend were wearing their swimsuits. One of our new friends took a picture and put if on Facebook and tagged me in it before she realized that I was nude. She asked if I wanted it taken down, and after reviewing did not think you could really tell that I was nude due to the angle.
Not 5 minutes later I got a text message from my sister asking me why I did not have any clothes on!! Then my parents ask the same thing!! That is when my family found out that I enjoyed being clothes free.

 

Thank you so much for your participation John!

Do you also want to tell your story and experiences in naturism? Please get in touch via the CONTACT page! As long as we have people who like to contribute, we can keep The Naturist Talks running!
Undress to destress

Undress to destress

From time to time we talk about the psychological advantages of being a nudist. Only a couple of weeks ago we wrote a guest post for Tha Naked I about accepting your body the nudie style.
Body acceptance is a big thing these days, and that doesn’t come as a surprise. The more media and companies will tell us how to look, the more people will think that they can’t reach those standards and thus lose confidence in their own body.

 

But nudism can be a cure for other issues as well. Stress for example. For many people, the thought of going naked, especially in public, already causes stress. Who would have thought that it could actually help you to get rid of it?
Well… We would.

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What is stress?
We’re not doctors or psychologists so we’re not going to give you a technical explanation but rather our own definition.
Stress is a feeling that’s mostly caused by anxiety or overwhelming. Your heartbeat increases, your blood starts pumping and a bunch of hormones, of which adrenaline is probably the most known, start rushing through your body. Your pupils will get bigger and your hands start sweating.
Needless to say that stress has a lot of advantages. It’s a life saver in dangerous situations where you have to act smart and fast and it’s what keeps you focused when you have to study through the night or meet a deadline.
But when the danger, or whatever important situation has passed, the stress has to go away. And that’s where it sometimes goes wrong.

 

We live in a world where everything has to go fast. We drive fast cars to get at our jobs fast to complete as much work as possible so we earn as much money as possible so we can buy the latest cell phone, TV and computer everyone is talking about.
We have to be able to pay for dental plans and college and we have to make sure to keep some money on the side for later. Because difficult times are coming people.
We have to look good, our apartment has to look good and has to be filled with tons of expensive prestigious crap and meanwhile we have to maintain the relationships with our partner, friends and family. We have to go out to the latest bars, drink the newest cocktails, meet the coolest people and hope that we’ll become one of them someday.
And, if we have some time left, we need to get some sleep too.
This constant race against time and the bank causes stress that doesn’t go away and doesn’t really help us with anything either. It gives us headaches and sleepless nights and turns us into assholes when we’re stuck in traffic.

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Undress your mind
Everyone undresses several times a day for practical reasons: to change clothes, to take a shower, to go to bed or to have sex. We rarely think about it, it’s just what we do.
In fact, we spend a lot more time thinking about how to get dressed. What’s the occasion? Where are we going? Who will be there? What did I wear last time? Should I wear jewellery? Should I hide my tattoo?

 

What if you would get naked with the only purpose to be naked?
And what if you could reverse those “dress up thoughts” into undress thoughts?
Taking off your sweater represents that heavy file on your desk.
Your T-shirt is the guy who got in front of you in the queue.
Your pants are the packed subway train.
Your bra is the fight you had with your partner last night.
Your socks are the money issues
And in your panties you put everything else that has been bothering you today. After you took them off of course.
There you are. Naked. Both physically and mentally.
Of course this will not solve your problems, the bills won’t pay themselves and the issue with your partner still has to be cleared out. But take some time off from it, take some time to destress and when you put your clothes back on you can look at the things from a different perspective.

 

The nudist way
When we said that nudism can help you handle stress, we didn’t exclusively talk about just getting naked. Regularly visiting a nudist venue also helps a lot. As we said before, the idea of being naked among others already causes stress for some. The idea. Expectations (and mostly not knowing what to expect) are indeed a big cause for stress. What if I’m too fat, too tall, too small, too hairy, too I don’t know what?
The moment you actually are naked, the stress will go away. First of all because you see that the place is not full of playboy models and secondly because presenting yourself the way you truly are is one of the most relaxing things you can do. A huge pressure falls from your shoulders. There’s no way adjust, there’s no way to hide. There’s just you.

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Of course this is all quite theoretical and we understand if you’re a bit sceptical about it. So let’s give you some more practical examples.

 

Your smartphone. It caused you stress when you didn’t have it because you had to buy one and you had no idea which one. And now that you have it, it causes stress again because the battery dies every three hours and you have to make sure that you don’t forget it and people are calling you at the most insane hours of the day and night.
Well, smartphones are not allowed in (most) nudist places. You put it in a locker when you arrive and take it back when you leave again. You have no idea what a relief it is to be unreachable.

 

Your status. By your clothing and accessories you’re trying to tell the world who you are. Or better, who you want them to believe you are. In a nudist place, everyone is equal. There’s no way show the others whether you’re wealthy or not or whether you’re a doctor, a truck driver or a writer. You don’t have to think whether people will recognise your status, because you don’t have one. Nobody does.

 

Your skin. Your skin was not meant to be covered in fabrics all the time. It’s used to absorb sunlight, how can it absorb when you cover it with layers and layers of clothes? From sunlight our body gets vitamin D and there’s a direct link between a lack of vitamin D and anxiety and stress. When you’re completely naked you can use your whole body to absorb vitamin D and meanwhile you don’t have to worry about tan lines anymore. Really, it’s a win-win.

 

Your environment. Most of the time your environment is partly what causes you stress. You spend your days in busy places, in the office, in the city and in traffic. Nudist places are oases of rest, often in nature. It has been proven that watching natural elements calms people down.

 

Still not convinced?

Go try for yourself and tell us if we’re wrong.

 

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The Naturist Talks: Peter from Russia

The Naturist Talks: Peter from Russia

As you may have read in the very first post of this blog, one of the main reasons why we started this project is to show the world that naturists are not some strange dark commune but that actually everyone could be one… Or could enjoy being one if they took the first step.

 

Our main example of “everyone” is of course ourselves, we write posts about naturism in general but also about our own experiences. But some of you might be thinking “Yes sure, those two are probably just the strange kids in the block…” (nah, we know you’re not thinking that about us, but we’re trying to write an introduction here). So we decided to let other naturists have a word as well.

 

So please sit back and get inspired!

 

Meanwhile we already published several interviews with people from all over the world. You can find them in the The Naturist Talks section.
Our guest from today is Peter, 46 years young, who will tell us a thing or two about nudism in Russia.

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Hello Peter, tell us something about yourself
Hi, I’m Peter, my native city is Minsk (Belarus), but now I’ve been living in Moscow for 15 years. I’m married for 3rd time and my wife is married for 3rd time too. By the way, we met each other on the internet: She was living in Vladivostok at that time (look it up at the map: it’s near Japan!). We have a black cat called Cassiopeia. We both are working at home and it’s the main place of our nudity. In summer we spend all the day being naked and in winter we are wearing t-shirts.

 

How and at what age did you become a naturist?
I think that I was born a naturist, but for a long time I didn’t know about it. I remember, when I was 12-13 years, I tried to walk naked in a wheat field. But I didn’t think about why I decided to undress.
Later, during my 20s, my friend and I conquered a small mountain in Crimea. I had had so many emotions there, and to let those lose I decided to undress again.

 

0_9501e_ff1f9491_origBut I’ve realized I was a naturist some years later, I think when I was about 30-32. It was at that time that I began to spend time at home being naked. My first time publicly nude was 2 years ago in Greece on a small island called Naxos. My wife and I found a very loveable beach, where we saw some naked people. And we joined them. In May of this year we are going to visit Sitges in Spain and we hope for good weather for naked sunbathing.

 


Is naturism allowed in your country and what’s the public opinion?
Naturism is not allowed in public places in Russia. But there are some places, where you may be naked, for example some beaches.

 

We hate to divide people into groups, but we’ll do it anyway…
Do you consider yourself a naturist, a nudist or an occasional nudist?
I’m nudist. Don’t like any philosophies and don’t like to be dressed.

 

Do you find it easy to make naturist friends?
It’s hard for me because of 2 reasons.
1. Only one of my friends is a nudist, but he is living in Minsk which is more than 700 km away.
2. My wife doesn’t like to undress in company of others.

 

What’s the best tip you have for beginning naturists?
Start with undressing at home. Get used to your naked body, so later it will be much easier for you to spend your first naked hours at public nudist place.

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Anything else you’d like to share with our audience?
Some years ago I decided to give myself an intimate haircut. And so it happened, that all hair was shaved. I’ve always thought of pubic hair as something ugly, and I really liked the baldness. So now I’ve shaving for a couple of years. Lately I’ve decided to pluck, so it never grows back again. And I’m in this process for a month. Hope, I’ll like the result.

 

Thank you so much for your participation Peter!

Do you also want to tell your story and experiences in naturism? Please get in touch via the CONTACT page! As long as we have people who like to contribute, we can keep The Naturist Talks running!
Dear Facebook, we thought we were friends

Dear Facebook, we thought we were friends

Last week our Naked Wanderings Facebook page got blocked again because of violating the community standards. This was the 3rd time and we fear that next time we’ll be banned forever.
But they were right, we did violate their standards. We posted a photo which contained 8 nipples. No doubt that it were the 4 female ones that have upset someone in Silicon Valley.

 

Some time ago we wrote a complaint to Facebook asking what is wrong with the display of the human body. Also then they directed us to their community standards page. Without further explanation.
So we decided to write an open letter this time.
If you agree with us, please share this letter so maybe, hopefully, we might reach the right people.

 

Dear Facebook,

 

We have been friends for a long time. Since you were young, we paid you daily visits and fed you with pictures and texts. We played games with you, we told you where we were, what we were doing, what we were eating and what our cat looks like.
And you gave us a lot in return, you provided us with hours of entertainment, helped us find long lost friends and helped us keep in touch with new friends, sometimes from the other side of the world.
We had a great time together.
But lately, you’re starting to get a bit on our nerves. Maybe it’s puberty kicking in, but somehow you’re not telling us the whole truth anymore. You started hiding parts of the world, important communities such as ours… The nudists.

 

From the very beginning we saw that you were going to become something huge, something world changing. You gave people the opportunity to discover things and ideas the regular media never told them about. You gave people a voice, a way to express themselves and to show the world what else is going on. Finally all censorship was gone. We thought.

 

The reason for this letter is that you, again, went silent on us. This time for 7 days.
You did explain us that we, again, violated your rules, which clearly say: “We remove photographs of people displaying genitals or focusing in on fully exposed buttocks. We also restrict some images of female breasts if they include the nipple”.
Yes, there were nipples, of which 4 female, so we agree that it was against your rules but that doesn’t mean we agree with your rules.
The exact reason for our ban was below photo.
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To us, this photo represents 4 people having a great time time on the beach. It represents friendship, fun and equality, some of life’s most precious values. Clearly you have a different opinion.
Actually, we thought that your readers, our friends, would appreciate such an image of joy among the many other images and movie clips of people hurting each other or themselves, of pain, misery and populist propaganda. And we’re sure that our friends enjoyed it. But you didn’t.

 

Your standards also state: We restrict the display of nudity because some audiences within our global community may be sensitive to this type of content – particularly because of their cultural background or age.”
Your global community is so diverse that there will always be someone who’s sensitive to someone else’s content. Some good examples are religion or political opinion. And going back to our photo, we’ve been to places where exposed male chests, female arms and stomachs, even female hair is considered offensive. Are you planning to ban those too? 

 

In times when nudism slowly becomes appreciated by the majority, we regret that you have decided to silence us, one of the most serene, peaceful and loving communities (Have you ever heard of a riot in a nudist camp?).
And we’re not a small community either. Recent statistics have shown that about 10% from the world population has a nudist mindset. 10% ! To give you a reference, the whole European population is also 10% of the world population. Just saying.

 

By simply banning certain content, you give people the false idea that nothing offensive will appear on their screens, even though everyone is offended by different things and you are not able to ban everything from the first minute (for example the image above has been on our page for several months before you noticed it).
Wouldn’t it be better to let people decide for themselves whether they want to see something or not? We imagine that there must be ways to categorise all content, so people can enter in their settings which types of content they want to see and which not. This could be an idea, right?

 

Please don’t take this letter too personally as many social media companies have started to restrict their content in order to protect their visitors against… well… against who or what? Against the nudie couple who wants to share their holiday photos? Against the nudist resort who wants to make some publicity? Against the nudist organisation who wants to show the world that we are not just a bunch of freaks? Against the nudie bloggers (yes, us) who want to share their thoughts with the world?
We believe that people are able to protect themselves, as long as you give them the opportunity.

 

We hope you’ll consider our thoughts.

 

Your friends,
Nick & Lins
The Naturist Talks: Wayne from South Africa

The Naturist Talks: Wayne from South Africa

As you may have read in the very first post of this blog, one of the main reasons why we started this project is to show the world that naturists are not some strange dark commune but that actually everyone could be one… Or could enjoy being one if they took the first step.

 

Our main example of “everyone” is of course ourselves, we write posts about naturism in general but also about our own experiences. But some of you might be thinking “Yes sure, those two are probably just the strange kids in the block…” (nah, we know you’re not thinking that about us, but we’re trying to write an introduction here). So we decided to let other naturists have a word as well.

 

So please sit back and get inspired!

 

Meanwhile we already published several interviews with people from all over the world. You can find them in the The Naturist Talks section.
Today we’re very happy to talk to Wayne, 54 years young and member of the management committee of the KwaZulu-Natal Naturist Association in South Africa.

 


Hello Wayne, tell us something about yourself
I live in the warm subtropical province of KwaZulu-Natal, on the east coast of South Africa. It is an area perfect for naturism; we have warm weather and the wonderful Indian Ocean on our doorstep. I am in my fifties and married to the love of my life, we have been married for more than 25 years, we have a 20 year-old son. I am an engineer, who works in the cane sugar industry. I am also on the management committee of the KwaZulu-Natal Naturist Association (KZNNA), I speak for myself here, not on behalf of the KZNNA.

 

I am also a Christian, specifically an Anglican who loves to worship God in the “beauty of holiness”. I find no contradiction between my faith and my naturism. A life of faith for me means an integrated life where one feels a deep connection with one’s Creator, with one’s own soul, with fellow humans and with creation. For me, clothes give a sense of alienation, of being cut-off from myself, from others, and from creation. The deep sense of integrated connectedness is felt better without the alienating experience of clothing.

Wayne South Africa

How and at what age did you become a naturist?
Since when I was a boy I loved skinny dipping and would do that whenever it seemed fun, but it didn’t happen very often. In my young adult years the normal activities of work and bringing up our son meant that organised naturism wasn’t at the forefront of life. I still liked to get naked in the garden and when on holiday if it was at all possible.

 

The first time my wife and I went to a “real” naturist resort was when we were in our mid forties. We snuck off for a wonderful naked long weekend at a resort called Harmony Nature in the Magaliesberg mountains near Johannesburg. It was such an experience driving there being nervous and excited at the same time, not really sure what to expect. We were warmly welcomed and despite the initial strangeness of seeing naked people enjoying the beautiful environment, very soon we too had stripped off and were ourselves enjoying God’s creation without veil or mask. That very positive initial experience has led to many travels and visits to naturist beaches, resorts and villages in South Africa and around the world.

 

Is naturism allowed in your country and what’s the public opinion?
There are quite a number of private naturist resorts where it is quite legal to be naked, but it is not clear at all if naturism is allowed in public spaces. There are municipal bylaws forbidding nudity on beaches, but there are at least three beaches where naturism has been practised for 30 years or more, and the last time naturists were charged or prosecuted for being naked on those beaches was in the 1970s. The KwaZulu-Natal Naturist Association has been campaigning to have a beach on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal declared legal for naturism, this is presently under review by the Deputy Public Protector, we hope that he rules in favour of us naturists.

 

Wayne South AfricaSouth Africa despite having one of the most modern and liberal Constitutions in the world has like many countries taken a turn towards social conservatism. We also have many cultures with many different and somewhat confused ideas about nakedness and naturism and sadly mostly not positive towards nudity.

 

We hate to divide people into groups, but we’ll do it anyway…
Do you consider yourself a naturist, a nudist or an occasional nudist?
I definitely like to see myself as a Naturist, somewhat in the mold of the Durville brothers, Gaston and Andre who founded the town of Heliopolis on the Ile du Levant in the Mediterranean. They believed in healthy bodies, minds, souls and relationships and their view was that healthy food with healthy exercise exposing as much of the body to the sun and and good clean air helped to achieve healthy bodies, minds, souls and relationships. My wife on the other hand sees herself more as an occasional skinny dipper, she is not really as convinced as me of the naturist philosophy.

 

I think for Naturism to grow in the 21st century we need to try to return to the values of the early Naturist pioneers. These pioneers advocated eating less meat, breathing good clean air (so smoking was out) and of course active exercise. As much as body acceptance is an important part of the Naturist ethic I believe we do need to take good care of our bodies and it is my hope that naturists with fit, healthy, unashamed bodies will be a positive influence in helping to strengthen the Naturist movement.

 

Do you find it easy to make naturist friends?
Naturists are by nature very friendly people and we have found it very easy to strike up conversations with naturists (the alienating influence of clothes is absent). I make no secret of my naturism and my family and church are aware that we are naturists (my priest and his family are occasional skinny dippers, not naturists, a bit like my wife) but naturism is not something that textile people feel comfortable speaking about, I do wish naturism could be discussed with more ease by my non-naturist friends.

Wayne South Africa

What’s the best tip you have for beginning naturists?
Like religion, the joy of naturism is very hard to explain rationally, both faith and naturism are best felt or experienced: If you experience naturism on the one hand or the sacred, the holy, on the other hand, then you “get” it, the “it” being naturism or faith. So if you are thinking of beginning naturism, just do it: Strip off you clothes and run naked and unashamed into the joy of a naked life.

 


Anything else you’d like to share with our audience?
Some quotes which may be familiar, some may be surprising.

 

“Nakedness is the essence of unity and of unbrokenness, of being for the other, of objectivity of the recognition of the other in his right, in his limiting me and in his creatureliness” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Creation and Fall.

 

“Is not the body more important than clothing?” ~ Jesus in Matt 6.25

 

“The glory of God is a human being ‘fully alive'” ~ St Irenaeus c. 202

 

“In order to swim one takes off all one’s clothes-in order to aspire to the truth one must undress in a far more inward sense, divest oneself of all one’s inward clothes, of thoughts, conceptions, selfishness etc., before one is sufficiently naked.” ~ Søren Kierkegaard

 

“Full nakedness! All joyes are due to thee,
As souls unbodied, bodies uncloth’d must be,
To taste whole joyes.”
~ John Donne, poet and priest

 

“What are you waiting for? Tomorrow is promised to no one”

 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain

Thank you so much for your participation Wayne!

Do you also want to tell your story and experiences in naturism? Please get in touch via the CONTACT page! As long as we have people who like to contribute, we can keep The Naturist Talks running!
The do’s and don’ts on a nude beach

The do’s and don’ts on a nude beach

We nudists care a lot about our freedom. It’s not that we’re anarchists (well, some of us might be), but we like to step away from the rules and measures that government and society try to impose on us.
Instead of comparing our cars, clothes and jewellery with each other, we prefer to leave all that behind and get to know others in their most pure form. We decide whether we like someone or not based on what they have to say instead of on what they own, and it seems like this way we actually like a lot of people.

 

But we digress. What we’re trying to say here is that the average nudie doesn’t appreciate a certain rule set, especially not when it comes to our nudist locations. So we prefer to talk about guidelines, about do’s and don’ts.
Following guidelines are specific for nude beaches, but most of them can be applied to other nudist locations as well.

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Do take off your clothes
Sounds pretty obvious doesn’t it?
Yet we hear complaints from all over the world that many visitors of clothing optional beaches seem to chose for the clothed option. Even though you do have the option, you shouldn’t go to such a beach if you have no intention to undress. This will cause discomfort for many nudists and will eventually influence the whole atmosphere on the beach.

 

There are some exceptions though. If you’re a first timer and you don’t feel comfortable going full monty from the first minute, it’s totally fine to take it slow. If you’re not a nudist but your partner is and you’re coming along to keep him/her company, it’s okay to keep your clothes on as well. The same counts if your children are uncomfortable being nude.
The general thought is: If you’re not a nudist and nobody in your company is, go to a textile beach.

 

Don’t stare
For first time nudies this can be a complicated point.
You’ve never been to a nude beach before, you want to look around but you have no idea where to look because there are naked people everywhere and you don’t want to be staring but you don’t want to look at the ground the whole afternoon either but people may think that you’re a pervert when you look at them but if you don’t look at all you’ll feel even more awkward but… but… but… Oh boy.
Many nudists will remember that feeling.

 

Let us clear this out for you: There’s nothing wrong with looking!
When you arrive at the beach, sit down, get comfortable and have a good look around. Watch the scene and see who else is there. Get comfortable with the sight of naked people around you.
But don’t stare. Staring makes others feel uncomfortable and we don’t want that.

 

Another tip: When you’re talking to others, try to keep eye contact.
In the beginning this can also be a bit difficult because there will be a naked person in front you and whether you like it or not, your eyes may be distracted. Don’t worry, you can have a quick glimpse. Just try to keep your eyes on the right level most of the time.

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Do respect other people’s space
Maybe you’re a very social type or maybe you got so excited about this new experience that you just can’t wait to talk with everyone around you about it.
Just hold it there for a minute.
Nudists in general are very friendly people and you’re up for plenty of great conversations. But before you start talking to everyone it’s important to figure out who’s open for conversation.

 

People walking around on the beach or swimming in the sea are often easy to talk to. Others from whom you notice that they’ve picked a place on the of beach away from everyone else are often not.
Keep in mind that not everyone is as confident (yet) about their nudity as you and that some people really need their space. It’s not because you’re naked that you don’t want any privacy.

 

Also, on a textile beach it’s perfectly normal to stack up next to each other like sardines with your towel half covering the one of your neighbor. On a nude beach it’s preferred if you leave some space.

 

Don’t take visual souvenirs
We’ve gotten so used to taking selfies that we rarely think about where we actually are.
Whenever something strange, new or exciting happens it almost became an automatism to take our smartphone and immortalize the moment.
Try not to do this too much on the nude beach, especially if there are others around you.
People have little interest in appearing with their naked ass in your photo albums, or worse, on your Facebook.

 

Can you take a selfie?
Of course! Take one, two, three or five but then put your phone away. And remember: A selfie is about yourself, not someone else.
In many places a professional DSLR camera with a huge zoom lens is a perfect conversation starter… The nude beach is not such a place.

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Do bring your towel
If there’s one thing that every nudist carries around, it’s probably a towel.
The most obvious reason for this is of course for hygiene. No matter how much we appreciate your nudity, we don’t want your sweat all over the place.
But it’s also practical. The feeling of your naked body touching the sand is a lot of fun, but if you’ve been sitting on the beach long enough you start noticing that the sand can find unexpected entrances to your body.

 

And there’s more… You can use your towel to protect you from the sun when it gets too hot or as a blanket when it starts getting chilly. You can dust away the sand with it if you did sit in the sand (told you so…) and it can dry you after a swim in the sea.
You can fold it into a kind of bag to protect your valuables or clothes and if it’s big enough you could even make a tent and spend the night.
Reasons enough to bring one.

 

Don’t be too proud about your excitement
If there was one actual rule for the nude beach, it was probably “No sex on the beach”.
First of all, it’s illegal. Some people think that there’s a direct link between nudity and sex and therefore consider it okay to have sex on a nude beach. Those people are wrong. Sex in public is not done (on the nude beach that is. There are plenty of clubs where it’s perfectly allowed).
Where do you draw the line? Well, it’s exactly the same as in any public place. You can hug, you can kiss, you can hold hands, whatever. But if you want to touch each other’s genitals, get a room.

 

By the way, this doesn’t only count for couples.
Single women can of course hide their excitement much better than men, so they shouldn’t worry much.
The general guideline for men is whenever things start to go up, turn around. There are a couple of options, you could run into the sea hoping that the cold water will help, you could lay on your stomach or you could… yes, here’s another reason… use your towel to cover up.

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Do make sure you’re actually on a nude beach
Imagine yourself arriving at the beach early in the morning, taking off your clothes, getting installed and go for a nap. A couple of hours later you’re woken up by the police with about 50 people behind them looking at you getting a ticket for indecent behavior.
This may sound like a joke but you wouldn’t be the first person that got into this situation.

 

In many cases, nude beaches are named after the town in which they are, but “Monterrey nude beach” does not mean that the whole beach in Monterrey is clothing optional. Look for the signs that say where the nude part starts and ends.
Often the nude beach is a bit hidden and harder to find, so make sure you get to the right place and don’t take off your clothes until you actually got there.

 

If there are any dunes, it doesn’t mean that they’re also clothing optional. If you’re not sure, ask around. The other nudies will be happy to help you.

 

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