Nudism and Nudists
Nudism, or naturism, is a social and cultural movement dedicated to embracing, defending, and advocating a clothing-free lifestyle. While most people have heard the term nudism, some prefer the term naturism, as enjoying life without the restrictions of clothing is a perfectly natural preference.
Many different cultures and regions of the world have, and do, practice nudism. In the early 20th century, nudists in Germany were embracing the lifestyle as a return to nature and equality. This idea spread from Germany to England, Canada, and the United States. The focus on the health and fitness aspects of naturism led to the creation of a network of clubs that promoted family and recreational sports. In contrast, the French nudist movement developed in response to the need for holiday recreation in that part of the world. French nudist resorts and beaches were created as a place for individuals and families to relax in a nude environment. This part of the movement also spread, first to Quebec and the United States.
In response to the French, holiday-centered nudism, a whole subset of naturist tourism was created. Many nude beaches and resorts exist all over the world. The unique aspect of these resorts is that there typically is not a local base for nudist activities in these areas. Rather, almost all nudists visiting these areas are only there during their vacations or holidays. The area of the world where this form of nudist tourism is largely present is the Caribbean. With the sunny climate and beautiful beaches, this is an excellent location to enjoy naturism. Additionally, these resorts and beaches provide an opportunity for people to enjoy naturism without belonging to a club or committing to one particular place.
Although many people practice nudism only while on vacation, nudists and naturists consider this to be a way of life. While nudists hold jobs where they must wear clothes, or shop in locations where clothing is required, they still identify with being a nudist. This is tied to the German roots of the nudist movement. Anyone can be nude. However, those who embrace the tenets of the traditional naturist movement will view it as a lifestyle focused on enjoying nature, respecting your body, respecting others, and, frequently, exercising and eating healthy.
While individuals interested in practicing nudism during vacations can visit resorts, those wanting a solid social group other nudists may join clubs. Clubs provide activities and are either landed or non-landed. The non-landed clubs or groups travel to different locations when they get together. Landed clubs own their own private grounds, pools, or beaches for members to enjoy. Nudist villages, such as Cap d’Agde in France, also provide opportunities to live with others in a space where nudism is the norm. Here, all daily activities can take place in the absence of clothing.
Naturism can be practiced alone or with your family while doing everyday activities around your home. Social nudism can also take place by inviting others to private residences. Whether you are practicing nudism alone, at a private residence, with a club, or at a nudist resort, there are a number of common activities that nudists enjoy. Most of these activities take place outside, where you can enjoy the warm sun and breeze across your skin. Some examples include camping, biking, hiking, swimming, sitting in hot springs, playing group sports, or canoeing.
Whether you want to experience a nude beach, or you want to commit yourself to a club, there are plenty of opportunities to explore and practice naturism throughout the world. The variety of people that practice, as well as the number of activities involved, ensure there is something for everyone!