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This is without a doubt the least sexy naked travel post that we've ever blogged. John Brennan is a Portlander with what appears to be a libertarian streak. Last April he was going through a TSA checkpoint when officers detected nitrates on his clothing. In order to demonstrate that he was not in fact carrying explosives, Brennan got totally naked. Problem? Solution.
He was of course immediately charged with violating local indecency laws, because seriously, he got really naked (NSFW, obviously). Those charges were promptly slapped down by a judge. We have a Constitution in this country, and that Constitution entitles you to protest against the government in all kinds of interesting ways, and those ways apparently include being naked.
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Wondering when is the right time to jet down for a long weekend on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten? Right now, that's when. We did it and you can too, easily. All this week we'll be sharing the details on making the dream of sunning, sipping cocktails and spotting St. Maarten's notoriously low-flying planes a reality.
Everyone knows Maho Beach, where the airplanes land within a few hundred feet of the SPF-slathered bodies of gawking tourists, but there's more to St. Maarten than that. Rest assured that we'll bring you an entire guide to making the most of Maho tomorrow, but we can't forget the food and frolicking of other nooks of the island.
Here's four long weekend activities on St. Maarten (aside from plane spotting):
Clothing optional sunbathing
Look, St. Maarten is a tropical island split into French and Dutch sides, so prude land this is not. The most famous of the "clothing optional" beaches is Orient Bay, though it's quite a long drive which can be a challenge if you're only planning to spend a long weekend on St. Maarten. Still, the is very welcoming for ladies who prefer to tan au naturale, and Maho Beach's Sunset Bar & Grill famously lets topless ladies drink for free.
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The Maldives. Australia. The Grenadines. The US Virgin Islands.
Sensing a trend?
These have all been recent locations to score the cover shot of the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Now brace yourself, because 2013's destination star definitely doesn't belong in the bunch other than the fact that it too is an islanda very large island. Antarctica.
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What is the turn of a new year without a flight attendant calendar controversy? This year, the award for naughty airline calendar goes to Thai budget airline Nok Air, whose slogan is "We Fly Smiles."
They also apparently fly scantily clad, as Nok's Facebook previewed three photos from the calendar as part of a contest to win a free copy. Each of the teaser photos (shown here) are now angering the Thailand Ministry of Culture, on the grounds that the image doesn't promote the country in a proper, positive light. That doesn't mean the Ministry of Culture can stop Nok from printing their calendars, though, so the contest to give away 300 of them continues.
If you're super-short on time in buzzing Istanbul (which is something that frequently happens with long layovers), we've "been there done that" so here are the things that’ll let you experience the modern side of Istanbul in a rush.
So, you’re in Istanbul and you think to yourself that you should really suck it up (and in) and go to an authentic Turkish hamam, because when in Rome…
We understand you may be feeling a bit unsure about hamam etiquette, not to mention a bit squeamish about disrobing in the wrong hamam. We’re here for you. If you want an authentic hamam experience, but appreciate five-star treatment, go to the Ayasofya Hamam (also known by the rather cumbersome name Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamami).
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The L3 body scanners you will see in airports from now on
News broke on Friday that TSA is removing Rapiscan full-body scanners, made by OSI Systems Inc., from airports. We wrote it up with a somewhat immodest reminder that we had put the move on your radar last October and called your attention to two salient details in the story.
One, that this is a software issue and not anything having to do with hardware or with full-body scanning or anything fundamental like that. Two, that TSA would be subbing in L3's millimeter-wave machines for the Rapiscan machines, essentially replacing one full-body scanner with another.
What happened is Congress told TSA to use scanners that produce feature-less outlines. So TSA told companies to make scanners that feature-less outlines. L3 developed what they call "Automatic Target Recognition," which makes machines display gingerbread man outlines, but OSI didn't develop anything similar. Ergo, TSA replaced OSI's machines with L3's machines.
Cue mass confusion on the Internet. Half the stories we saw incorrectly implied that TSA had abolished full-body scanners. The other half (the more entertaining half) explained that the misreporting was part of a conspiracy to lull America's sheeple into giving up their rights. God love you all, but wrong and wrong.
Though we've enjoyed an unseasonably warm winter so far, 'tis still the season for wacky urban stunts, from Santacon to Polar Bear Plunges, and one of the world's most rapidly spreading annual "flashmob"-type events is coming up this weekend. We're talking about the No Pants Subway Ride which Improv Everywhere began over a decade ago in New York, and which now has spread to include most major world cities with subway transportation.
The 2013 ride, the 12th annual, will go down on Sunday, January 13. As veterans of the NYC No Pants ride, we can vouch for it and say that it's all in good fun, though it's getting a little big (literally) for its britches; so many people now do the Ride that you could be sharing a subway car with no one else but no-pantsers. Sure, it's awkward at firstyou remove your pants on the subway, silently, mid-ridebut that's part of the deal.
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HEL-lo Helsinki! Hilarious puns on the city's airport code (HEL) aside, our man about the world John "Yes, That John" Walton has been spending some down time in Helsinki this year, and has some great recommendations all this week for things to do in the world's most northerly capital!
Splish, splosh, splash...if you're in Helsinki, go swim like a Finn: in the buff!
Helsinki's fantastic Uimahalli sauna and (inside) swimming pool complex is tucked away on Yrjönkatu, a short walk from the main railway station and the center of town.
At five euros for a single visit, it's one of the cheapestand most authentically Finnishthings you can do in this otherwise expensive city.
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In case you've been living in an alternate universe (one without TMZ) since yesterday, you've heard by now of Prince Harry's nude hijinks in a Las Vegas suite. While bad for him, it's been great for promoting nakationing and Sin City tourism (not necessarily at the same time). Even Virgin Holidays reported seeing a "Prince Harry Effect" of inquiries for Vegas travel jumping 30%.
Well we feel that Vegas doesn't need the help. That "Prince Harry Effect" could absolutely be used by numerous other world destinations, and here's FIVE in particular:
Mexico: Continuous CNN alerts of drug-related murders in Mexico really detract from the blue waters and cultural vibrance of Mexico's safer areas. A little tan-lined butt flash from Prince Harry would give the country the tad bit of positive press it needs to get similarly pasty-fleshed revelers packing those Pacific beaches.
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There’s a little bit of a controversy brewing at Scotland's Edinburgh Airport, but it has nothing to do with baggage fees or airport security. This time it’s an airport advertisement that’s getting passengers all hot and bothered.
On loan from the collections of the Tate over in London, Picasso’s Nude Woman in a Red Armchair is now on the wall at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. An airport advertisement was just trying to get people excited for the new exhibit and to sell some tickets, but apparently the "provocative" display of modern art is not appropriate for an airport—at least according to some passengers.
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In the new movie Wanderlust, Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd play New Yorkers who decide they need to get out of the city and...end up at a nudist colony.
Of course, the American Association for Nude Recreation (yes, there is such a thing) is hoping the film inspires others to spend their next vacation wearing nothing but their birthday suit. According to the association's blog, "The film, and its depiction of nudity, has been greatly anticipated by nudists for months."
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We hate to admit it, but we actually know who people are talking about when they mention the name Jake Pavelka, not that that happens much anymore. Still, Pavelka is best known as a reality TV show
whore star from The Bachelorette, The Bachelor, Dancing With the Stars, and various other less notable appearances. Before his stint as The Bachelor, however, Pavelka was a pilot.
Being a pilot is much of what made Jake Pavelka sexy. Indeed his season was subtitled "On the Wings of Love," and he appeared in his uniform for Atlantic Southeast Airlines off and on. Since his fame has dropped considerably, we had hoped he'd gone back to flying...