Long before riding fixed gear bikes, dressing ironically and attending farmers markets was considered rebellious, a different movement sought to tear down the shackles of society. Nudism is the original, anti-conformist movement and it’s perhaps the least harmful. Essentially all it takes is an open mind, self-confidence and, of course, a lack of clothing. However, there’s far more to this movement than that. Let’s take a look at ten things you didn’t know about nudists.
1. NUDISM IS DOUBLING IN SIZE
It’s hard to image that nudists are increasing but it’s true. It was not just some fad that peaked in the 60’s, although perhaps it’s out of the public eye nowadays. Regardless, the nudist recreation and travel industry doubled in size over the last decade. Now, it’s worth $400 million worldwide.
2. NUDISM IS TAKING OVER CLUBS AND RESORTS
As further evidence of the growing nudist trend, the U.S. now has twice the number of “clothes-optional” resorts and clubs. Compare this to ten years ago and the results are astounding.
3. EUROPEANS LOVE NUDISM
It’s not just an American thing. Arguably, there are more nudists in Europe. At least 50 million Europeans visit a nudist beach at least once per year during their vacation.
4. COMPANIES ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF NUDISM
Businesses are beginning to smarten up about the nudist movement. Many major holiday companies now include nudist oriented activities within their brochures. These companies are not the offbeat obscure ones either but. For example, The UK’s top three holiday companies partake in this.
5. NUDISM IS ATTRACTING BIG TIME INVESTORS
With the nudist popularity growing in insane numbers, investors are jumping at this opportunity. The result? A new generation of nudist resorts in some of the most luxurious destinations in the world.
6. NUDISTS AREN’T LIMITED TO THE GROUND
Besides the explosion of nude resorts, nudist tourism is going to new heights. Literally. Now, you can fly nude to your next vacation destination or even take a nude cruise. Perhaps you could say that nudists are really…. taking off.
7. EVERYONE IS A NUDIST
Nudists are not some unique breed of weirds. You might even know some of them. Simply put, nudists are everyday people. Your doctor, barista, tennis partner or roommate might be nudist. You don’t have to join them but keep an open mind!
8. NUDISTS ARE HEALTH CONSCIOUS
Images of drugged up, naked hippies is the stereotype of most nudists. However, that’s terribly far from the truth. Most nudists seek out a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle. They believe their new and natural approach to life is far healthier than taking pills, drugs or anything else to cope with the pressures of life.
9. YOU CAN BECOME A NUDIST TOO
That’s right, it’s all too easy. To begin, all you need is an open mind. If you’re a real individual and itching to get out of the “pack”, perhaps you want a new approach to life. Nudists are people that make up their own mind and just go with the flow. They are open to new ideas and experiences. Furthermore, they want to join an international group that visits secluded beaches and exclusive resorts. If these sound like the type of thing you want to do, perhaps it’s time to strip down and nude up.
10. NUDISTS HAVE ETIQUETTE
While seemingly open minded and free loving, nudists have an official set of rules. These rules help make life better for nudists. If you follow them, you’re likely to enjoy the experience better. However, like this in the society, if you break the rules, you face some punishments. These are only in place to enhance the experience so it’s best to read up on them.