We're big fans of the naked swim, especially on deserted beaches we find throughout our travels, or even the classic "after dark in the hotel pool" skinny dip (also referred to as the "we've had too many rums at the hotel bar" skinny dip). But despite those youthful back to high school classics, we've yet to commit to a week of full frontal freedom at one of these nude resorts.
And maybe that's what prevents us from doing so, the fact that going to an organized place would seem to take all the fun out of the nudity. Consider this quote from Susan Weaver, AANR president: “The nudist lifestyle is all about enjoying oneself without the social or physical restrictions of clothing in a non-sexual environment of like-minded people. The point is to become comfortable with your body no matter what shape you’re in and to view it — tummy rolls and all — with acceptance.”
There's just something about the way it's presented that, despite the lack of clothing, sounds closed off and stuffy, a bunch of naked people pretending they're not naked. On some level, considering all the private opportunities to bare it all, we guess we're wondering why we'd want to pay for this experience when, as noted, we can indulge along the way on our own. Is the point to be naked, or to be around others who are naked who we promise not to judge or stare at? We're missing something here...
That said, the acceptance of different mindsets is a part of good travel, and we think we should experience it before we totally knock it. We'll put in on the list for when we're a little older, but in the meantime, chime in below to tell us why we might love it. For those that are in the scene, fill us in on why going to a nude resort is more fun than, say, posting up at a free nude beach or putting on a private show in your private quarters. We'd sure love to know!