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#Relationships: This Nudist Couple Breaks Myths Around Nude Tourism Or Nakations. PS: It’s Not About Sex And Pervs

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Both conservatism and modernism, I believe, are relative concepts that largely depend on where you’re coming from. For instance, I have never worn a bikini in the 29 years of my life and though I am open to the idea, it doesn’t come without inhibitions. I know I wouldn’t be comfortable on a beach where creepy men are staring at me or clicking pictures secretly. I know when I wear it for the first time, I will feel very naked and I would probably like to be on a quiet island or as a private villa. Now for someone who lives out of pretty bikinis, this may sound very conservative. But for someone who hasn’t even worn high-leg monokini, this will sound outrageous and “too modern”.

This is precisely why I believe in ‘live and let live’ and having an open mind towards novel concepts. You know how the water feels too cold for comfort but once you’re in it for a few minutes, it’s not so bad anymore. That’s exactly how change or rather novelty feels. Naturist couple Nick and Lins, founders of Naked Wanderings, would probably vouch for that, as years ago they had their chance encounter with public nudity.

The couple received a coupon for a public sauna and when they arrived there, it turned out that bathing suits weren’t allowed inside. The couple, like the rest of the people in there, had to be in their birthday suits instead. Later at some point, they were at a crowded campsite in Luxembourg, and to escape that they went to the naturist part of the same camp. Either way, it’s almost like naturism chose them and they were open to new experiences.

In an interview with UNILAD, the couple revealed how the nudist lifestyle took time to sync in, with all its etiquettes and all that. “The naturist camping was a whole other experience. When we arrived, we decided to take a spot away from most other campers. This would give us some welcome privacy and the chance to take things at our own pace. What we didn’t realise was that the other campers were near the shower block and we were far away. So in order to get a shower, we actually had to walk by pretty much everyone else. Without clothes of course,” they revealed.

They made some errors initially but they can laugh about those days in retrospect. “Another time, we arrived around mid-day and everyone else was nude of course. To avoid falling out of tone, we took off our clothes as soon as we got out of the car. But then we had to set up the tent. Not an easy thing to do without giving half of the other campers a full moon. When we were finally set up, a couple arrived at the pitch next to us, set up their tent and then took off their clothes. You run into some awkward situations when you don’t know the etiquette. But those are funny stories to tell,” they explained.

Nick and Lins have traveled to four different continents exploring naturism in different places. They believe being okay with nudity helps create an environment of body positivity and desexualising of bodies. It is feeling free and without judgment. “Many people struggle with body-confidence issues. When you’re around naked people, you soon realise that everyone has their strengths and flaws. You don’t need to feel the pressure of looking like a celebrity. Nakations also create conversations and help remove the barriers between people. Without clothes, everyone gets the chance to meet people who they would otherwise never meet when clothed,” the couple told IOL.

However, they were scared before diving into this lifestyle and rightly so. “We realised that we were about to see more naked people that day than we had seen in our whole lives. And that more people than ever would see us naked. It’s a scary thought,” the couple expressed. What if they end up in a sex club or a swingers’ party? What if they embarrass themselves? But seems like their journey has been nothing but about comfort.

The couple that frequents nude resorts, camps and beaches vouch for skinny dipping to be the best thing ever. “It’s just so easy to not wear clothes… [and] it’s just so relaxing not having to think what to wear, or if our butt looks good in these pants…If this doesn’t drag you over the line, there’s one thing nobody can deny: bathing suits have no purpose at all,” the couple said. “Skinny dipping is so liberating, in fact, we never go in a pool again if we’re not allowed to swim nude. And it’s not just the swimming itself, once you get out, you’re dry within minutes,” they further explained.

In fact, turns out on one such holidays, they did unexpectedly ended up in a sex party. “There were (unused) condoms laying around the pool and people seemed to have sex everywhere … with everyone,” the couple told Gladstone Observer. On realising it’s a sex party, they fled the scene but then decided to go back, just to watch. “Finally we got somehow bored, relaxed or drunk enough to realise that we were both huge chickens.” Nick explained how he had the most awkward conversation ever, in that party. “At a certain moment I was having a discussion with a Brazilian guy about cultural differences between Brazil and Europe while the guy was having sex with a woman…That was by far the most awkward situation ever,” Nick said.

However, the couple would like to point out the nudity isn’t about sex. There are different types of people who strip: nudists, swingers, exhibitionists and voyeurs. The couple explained, “We (the nudists) try to remove this link … in a nudist environment, sex or any steps towards it in public are a big no-no.”

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Swingers are those who indulge in stripping and sexing it up and there are different clubs for that. Exhibitionists enjoy having an audience to their nakedness and voyeurs like observing other naked bodies. However, they say that usually none of these people cause any issues to other fellow nudists. Especially in private venues, the rules are strict and any misbehaving can cause a person to be banned. “The first time going nude among others is a bit weird. Most people have never seen others naked in real life, so it’s a step out of their comfort zone.To keep things comfortable for everyone, naturists/nudists adhere to some basic etiquette. Some rules include no gawking at others, no pictures of others without their approval, no sex in public spaces, and always sit on a towel,” the couple told IOL.

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