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Traveling Nudists

One of the great passions of mine is travel. When I get the opportunity to travel, I take a brief moment to check on the local nudist options in the area, and when these are limited (or non-existent in most cases), I will search out fellow nudists to spend time with.

One of the better websites is True Nudists, which provides the opportunity to search for nudists in specific geographic regions, and then connect with them. I’ve been fortunate to make some friends through this site, and when planning trips will often post status updates to share with my friends. Of course, this is limited by the connections you have, not so much the connections one has yet to make.

But what about those needs for a quicker connection? Lately I have been using the social app Grindr to connect with other nudists. This is not necessary the intended purpose of the site, but if you are looking for people who like to be naked, it provides an instant list of options. The trick is to work through those options to remove the “sex only” people who like being naked. This app has fast become a great source of finding nudists in the area that you are visiting.

Technology has made it easier to find and connect with people, but with all the other “add-ons” with some of these sites, it can be hard to find an “instant” buddy who just wants to hang out when traveling. Any recommendations?

New Social Nudism Trade Association Launches

A new trade organization has been created to help build a better understanding and provide networking opportunities for social nudism. The Naturist & Clothing Optional Resort Business Association (NACORBA) launched earlier this year and is seeking members (bloggers may access a free Bronze membership). Any positive influence that supports a wider acceptance of social nudism is to be applauded, and I hope that the association is able to become successful in its mission.

Here is what the site has to say:

A robust, thriving business community is an important element to grow the social nudism movement into a niche of the mainstream. NACORBA is be a trade organization for the social nudism industry.

NACORBA will provide support for the affiliated resorts and businesses in the areas of marketing, bulk purchasing, vendor negotiation and networking opportunities.

The value of bringing together resort ownership and management teams along with like-minded businesses and bloggers cannot be overstated as a critical component to the growth of the social nudism movement.

The opportunity is here. Now is the time to make a stand and legitimize the social nudism movement.

Buying Naked

Recently the TLC channel aired a show called “Buying Naked” which takes place in Pasco County, Florida. According to the show, this area is home to one of the world’s largest nudist communities and a real estate agent – Jackie Youngblood – has fast become one of the leading realtors working in this niche community. Jackie – who is a nudist – helps her clothing-optional clientele find a home that suits them, and Buying Naked’s two-part series follows two couples as they bare all and join Jackie in their search for a dream home.

Having watched both episodes, it was a fun viewing experience, especially the well placed items to shield the couple’s nudity. The show also insert a number of “nudist facts” through the show to explain to non-nudists (textiles) some of the nudist etiquette.

The most troubling part of the show – which was not the shows fault (per se) – is the fact that they had to have their bodies hidden at all. This is more a reflection on society’s expectations and tolerances. Sadly, it is not uncommon to see a person get shot on television, but to expose a female breast is seen to be more damaging to society. What is up with that?

As we are finding with gun violence, the more exposure that young people have to this through movies, video games, etc. the more de-sensitized they become. Imagine if we adopted this mentality to the human body, and found that young people (or all people) were able to see a naked woman or man without anyone freaking out. The more you see (like guns) the more used to it you become. It really isn’t that difficult a concept to grasp.

More information on the TV show can be found at http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/buying-naked