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Naked vacations gain popularity

Going to a nude resort is one way to avoid paying the airline a checked-bag fee.

By Karen Datko Aug 20, 2010 7:49PM

Travel alert: Nearly 50% of U.S. readers recently surveyed by TripAdvisor said they'd welcome a visit to a nude beach -- with open arms, we'd expect. That's a big jump from the 31% who endorsed nude beaches last year. 

Did you know there's a name for this type of trip? It's the "nakation" -- a play on vacation, staycation, nocation, et al. And, naturally, the number of sans-clothing destinations is growing to meet the increased demand. TripAdvisor members recently rated their favorite ones.

 

While we wrote the subhead above about checked-bag fees as a joke, further research revealed it's really not.CNBC.com writer Cindy Perman wrote, "A recent survey showed 2% of travelers choose nakations as a way to avoid airline baggage fees, cheap-flight finder Skyscanner.com reports." (That site also lists its top five nakation destinations.)

 

In fact, the executive director of the American Association of Nude Recreation told USA Today that if more travelers nakationed, that would surely stick it to the airlines and their reviled baggage fees. The thinking is, if all you need to take with you are sunscreen and a toothbrush, you won't even have to pay Spirit Airlines for a carry-on. Nakationists can be rebels with a cause.

 

(For more-conventional ways to avoid airline fees, check out this recent video, then rejoin us on the other side.)

The news stories about nakations answered a question we'd pondered -- for a second or two -- after reading about the closing of Hedonism III: Are more people keeping their clothes on in this tough economy? (That Jamaican property will reopen as a clothing-required resort this fall.) Not even barely true. Hedonism II and other clothing-optional destinations appear to be thriving. Among the new in-the-buff venues and activities: camping in Canada and hiking in Germany, USA Today said.

We've found some questions you might want to ponder before you book a trip:

  • Will lots of people be looking at me? It appears that a big attraction of some of the exotic clothing-optional sites is that they're not overcrowded and everyone is being dazzled by the scenery, not remarking on your sagging rump.
  • From CBS News: "But what about the risk of sunburn 'down there'?" Be very liberal with the sunscreen.
  • How would you respond when your neighbor, unaware of your exact destination, asks to see your tan line upon your return? Hey, that question could come up.

Would you consider a nakation? Have you ever been on one? Are there some things that should never see the light of day?

 

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