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 Steve, a naturist from the UK.
Hello Steve, please tell us something about yourself
I’m Steve, I’m 51 and live in the south-east of England with my partner of 30 years. I work in a gym, am a part-time photographer’s muse and freelance travel writer. I love travelling, the arts, music, gardening, cooking and anything that gets me out of doors.
How and at what age did you become a naturist?
I think I got interested in the idea of naturism in my teens. Brighton nude beach opened then, and was all over the news, followed by two trips to Yugoslavia where naturists were quite visible but being with my extended family I didn’t get a chance to try it. Finally, on a visit to Formentera on my own, there were more naked than clothed people on the beach. I stripped and haven’t looked back.
Is naturism allowed in your country and what’s the public opinion?
Strictly speaking, yes, it’s legal to be nude anywhere so long as you are not causing offense. But what is perfectly normal to one person may offend another, so it’s better to stick to official beaches or remote countryside. I find it much better in, say, Spain, where virtually every seaside town has a naturist or clothing-optional beach.
What do you think is the best and worst thing about naturism?
The feeling of freedom, of being at one with nature is by far the best thing about naturism. The worst is that it’s often associated with sex and swingers, which is very definitely not the case.
Do you find it easy to make naturist friends?
I’m actually quite reserved until I get to know somebody, so it’s not easy for me to strike up a conversation with a stranger. Online though, things are different and I have made some naturist acquaintances.
What’s the best tip you have for beginning naturists?
Just go to a nude or clothing optional beach and try it!
Anything else you’d like to share with our audience?
If you haven’t been, you must go to Cap d’Agde, just to see how truly bizarre it is. It’s everything your review says, and then some. Only, don’t take the kids!
Thank you so much for sharing your story, Steve!
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