Clothing Optional Camp/Cabin
Burnett River, Bungadoo Qld 

Why is the notion of nudity increasing among grey nomads?

They even have a name – Nude Nomads! They are a select group of over 55’s who travel in their self-contained campers, caravans, and motorhomes. Some have homes and families to go back to, some have sold up and live the nomadic life continually, and some just want to get away with the van for a weekend or two. But they all have one thing in common – they like to get their rocks off.

In a world where TV, video games, and movies are filled with violence and sex, we still have this taboo relationship with nudity itself. Ironically, we can view the simulation of sex, but a full frontal, particularly of a male? Not often seen (well, maybe in French films). People automatically associate nudist places with perverts and pedophiles. And you will see them at the beach from time to time, having a perve. Very unsettling.

What if you could offer people a safe place to experience nudity in all its glory? A place where everyone keeps their eyes level with the face. A place where you can feel safe and comfortable to be everything that you are.

And so, why is nudity becoming so popular with the older travelers? Here are 6 ideas:

  1. Who gives a fork what you look like? Many older people are over the old body image issues that plagued them when they were younger. The boobs sag, the belly pokes out, and there are rolls where there shouldn’t be. But who the hell cares? One of the lovely aspects of getting older is not only that acceptance of oneself, warts and all but the acceptance of others as well.
  2. Let’s face it. In the main, clothes are uncomfortable and hot in the tropics. I have a wardrobe full of clothes, including bras, I do not wear because they don’t fit right. Too tight, too hot, too short… Who hasn’t packed up a bundle to donate to the Salvos?
  3. There are significant savings to the environment and the purse when you don’t need to wear clothes. Travelers will save space, money and the planet by not adding to the micro-plastic problem of the oceans.
  4. Meeting up with people of a similar mindset is refreshing and relationship building. Most nude nomads have met each other in their travels, and become friends. Like any other social group, it is a meeting of minds, not body, that is important.
  5. I must mention the all over tan. It feels good to have the sun on your body and is a vital part of anyone’s health.  Many of us lack Vitamin D because of working years in air-conditioned offices.
  6. Older people are adventurous and lively, but not in an extreme sport way. This is an opportunity to do something different that doesn’t require a level of fitness, but can still give you elevated levels of adrenaline. Their conservative children don’t understand the appeal, but that’s ok because we don’t give a fork, remember?

Do yourself a favour before you leave this world – try nudity out during a hot spell. You will be cooler, more comfortable, without a care in the world. Honestly, you will even forget that you are baring all.

Going nude is not for everybody.

My heart was beating fast, my mind was whirling with questions and my emotions were at an all-time high. It was 1996 and I was driving my friend and her sister to Byron Bay. They had chosen the accommodation - a nudist community- and as we approach Byron, they decide to tell me where we will be staying.

I'm not pretty, and I have body issues like everyone else. Aside from that, I don't like being railroaded. So my first experience with nudity was tumultuous. I was angry that I was not given a choice. I didn't like the rule of 'no clothes allowed'. I didn't like that it was sprung on me without my agreement. I point blank refused to take my clothes off (a sarong) and wore it in the sea as well. The first day, I was frowned upon, but when the commune realised that I was no pervert, they accepted me well enough. Besides, how much can you hide of your body in a skimpy sarong, wet and clinging to your every roll!

But I did discover that I didn't care a fig if you wore clothes or not. I still partied with these lovely hippies into the night, and swam at their private nudist beach during the day. I realised that nudity is a great equaliser. Body image, ego, all out the door. Your attention is wholly on the face, the eyes, the words, the personality.

I have forgiven my friend for her cheeky prank.  It was that experience that showed me the benefits of being nude. Connotations of sexual activity and perversity exist in the dirty minds of those who propagate them.

As I get older, I feel so much more comfortable in my own skin. I have less washing, I buy fewer clothes, contribute less to the plastic problems in the sea (so much textile is plastic), use less water, and get a great all-over tan. I don't set out to flaunt it around others, but to be honest, sometimes I simply forget that I am not wearing anything.

Moral of this story? If you are coming by for a visit, make sure you call me first or you might just get an eye full!

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31 Galeas Rd, 
Bungadoo. 4671
Queensland, Aus
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