Vacation. Nudist camping vs nudist hotels vs COVID-19

Vacation plans in the current state of being.

It won’t be a surprise that the vacation and recreation industry will take a severe hit from the current “flu crisis”, as I saw the COVID-19 situation described somewhere.

COVID-19 image

It will be obvious to anyone with a bit of sense that COVID-19 is more than just a flu. It makes weird things happen and more weird things become necessary. Like keeping social distance.

Social distancing on vacation.

naturist vacation

This made me think about what the title of this post already warned about. Camping versus hotels.

I expect that camping grounds will see a boost in visitors. On a campground it is much easier to keep the 1.5 metre/6 ft/whatever is current in your country distance than in a hotel.

Hotels will be fine as long as it comes to rooms, but they aren’t prepared to keep people at any required distance when it comes to food or simply moving around. At least, that is my experience with naturist hotels. (If you have any other experience, I would like to hear about it.)

Camping grounds are made to give people space.

Naturist camping
Naturist camping on the Dutch island of Texel

Camping plots/lots/spaces usually are quite a bit apart. That, in this situation, is a good thing. As you can see my grasping for the right expression, I am not an experienced nor avid camping visitor. In fact I’m far from that (sorry, camping owners, don’t hold that against me!).

Do you run a naturist hotel?

If you, dear reader, run a naturist hotel, how will you tackle the upcoming vacation season? Is there any way to actually do that? I suspect, the larger your hotel is, the harder it will be to deal with the social distance aspect of life.

I am very curious about that, and with me there are probably many others, because your kind of vacationing experience is very dear to many people, also readers and followers of this blog.

Does lupus number my outside naturist days?

I know, this is quite a shocking question to ask, but it’s definitely one that’s been keeping my mind occupied over the last few days.

What the hell am I talking about?

Canis Lupus

Valid question. The short answer: Lupus. You may think I am talking about a wolf.

No. That is Canis Lupus, an entirely different animal. Literally! 😉

According to the Mayo Clinic,

Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs.

So far I’m still alive, not to worry, and I’m enjoying it as much as I can. Working from home is a naturist’s blessing!

What my problem might be…

Sunlight

This here thing to the left, however, is listed as one of the possible inducers of lupus. Sunlight. Some people get their (lupus) kicks on Route 66, but some just seem to need sunlight for that. Photo-sensitivity, as the simple word for that goes.

I don’t know if I fall in that category. I actually have no clue what does trigger it for me, but I can tell you it’s annoying.

nude, having coffee

It’s itching like mad. In a way you don’t wish on anyone else. Reading what misery this stuff can bring to a person, I get away with the light version, I think.

The rotten thing about this is, as I said, that I don’t know what triggers this with me. To be on the safe side, I’ll avoid sunlight for a while. Let’s see if that does anything. If nothing changes, then it’s probably not sunlight that affects me. I really hope it’s not that – or chocolate.

And for those who made it this far and wonder what the Route 66 reference was all about:

Powerful statements, picked up from a podcast

Naturist Living Show Logo

Last week I was listening to the latest Naturist Living Show podcast. (The link will take you to the right episode. If you read this ‘in the future’ the current latest will be a different one. 😉 ) This episode is about Nude Music.

I love music. I am not sure if I could be happy without it, so this was a very interesting episode.

In this episode, there was a long interview with The Soap Girls. Two French sisters who live in South Africa. Their music is an intriguing mix of stuff, with a lot of punk mixed in.

They have a lot of powerful statements about nudity, body positivity and more. Instead of transcribing the entire interview, I suggest you give it a listen.

You can find the Soap Girls’ Youtube channel here.

Great weather and lockdown, and still it’s good

I guess you all know it. The ‘why’ is COVID-19, Corona, pandemic, all those words and some more.

Sunlight

Here in the Netherlands, it feels like summer’s gone crazy. Well, spring at least. Temperatures that are just too good to be true (and they are!). Fabulous weather to visit nude beaches, nude parks, nude anything.

And we’re asked to stay home.

The strange thing about this is that I hope everyone does stay at home. Naturist or not, it’s not smart to go out and mingle while you can bring home a nasty surprise and slap that onto everyone in the house.

So how is this good, I hear you ask.

For one, we are inside this shitty situation and staying home is the only way to get out of it. It’s weird but true. If you have to go out, keep a distance of 1 alligator or so, that should be safe. And no, having to go to your favourite nude beach is not a need to go outside unless you’re the warden of the area and something untoward is going on there.

We’re in this together, nude and clothes, and only together we can get out of it.

Paul nude outside

If we do this the right way, life will be good again. Being nude outside will be possible again. And until then, don’t get caught with your pants down. (You know what I mean and if you don’t, let me know and I’ll explain it.)

Stay safe, everyone. Keep your distance and use the tools technology offers us to stay in touch without touching.

A good thing with a bad thing. The nude and the virus.

You’re most probably facing the same thing I am. The invitation of your (local) government to stay home as much as possible.

Yes. It’s annoying, depending on where you are. In many places of the world you’re simply forbidden to go outside unless there is a strict need, like grocery-shopping, medical attention, walking the dog, etc.

Here in the Netherlands it’s not that bad yet. We can still go outside for a breather. Groups are not allowed, and people have to stay 1.5 metres / 5 feet apart. I understand that.

Nude, coffee, sunshine

I’m making the best of it. Since there is no one in my home who complains about me not wearing clothes, I go nude as soon as the temperature is nice in the living room. (We’re having quite some night frost lately, which isn’t usual for March any more.)

And so I enjoy the morning sun, drink my coffee and do my work.

Yes, the restrictions that are in place aren’t the biggest joys ever, but doing it this way, it’s not a punishment for me.

It’s also interesting to notice that, for me, not very much changes in this pandemic virus situation. Of course, I don’t drive to work every day, which is different, but not being a very social person now has it’s benefits. I don’t have the need to meet many other people on a daily basis. Actually, meeting so many of them during a normal office day is very draining for me, so in a way this is a great relief! I’m fine with being alone – I’ve been doing that most of my life.

Working nude on the couch
Working on the couch. It’s a great experience, definitely when you can do it naked!

How are you coping with the lock down, if that’s applicable for you? Are you bored? Going crazy? Desperate to be around dozens of people, even from a distance?

I’m very curious how long all this will go on. China reports fewer cases and people can go out again. It took them 2 months of rigorous lock down. Let’s hope we can get through that with less strict rules, but we’ll see!

Have a good day, everyone, and stay naked if you can. Let your skin breathe.

A virus gets in the way of a vacation

Nude on roof Fuerteventura

This is me, this morning. Trying to catch a few of the early rays of the sun.

I’ve been on my vacation address since last week Friday. The first days were awesome, with nice weather and lots of plans for places to go.

And then… lockdown. We all know the problem. Covid-19, also known as the Corona virus.

That put a stop to all the fun. Spain went in lockdown, meaning no one is allowed to go outside any more, except for food, medical attention or when you have important work that needs to be done on the spot.

Yesterday we went out for food. It was great to be outside for a while, to walk around. A queue at the supermarket wasn’t a big surprise. People had to stay a metre (3 ft) apart. No more than 6 people were allowed inside the store at any moment. We had to wear plastic gloves. Some shelves were empty already (not the stuff we needed, luckily).

This is such an odd situation. So far it still looks like I can fly home again on Friday. That’s good. Let’s hope it stays good.

Take care, naked friends and acquaintances. Don’t overhype this virus, just be smart about it.

A nice break is coming up

Yes. A break. From work and the normal world

Next Friday I’m heading off for a 1 week vacation. One of the Canary Islands holds a special appeal to me, as some of you know.

Canary Islands Map

It’s where my girlfriend lives, and I’m going to see her there for a whole week. The weather is so much nicer there. Naturist style nice.

It’s been a while since I’ve been away for a break so I (and she too) think I deserve it. And even if I don’t, I’m going for one!

A relationship is rough, being 4000 km apart most of the time.

At the beach. Clothing optional.

Feel free to be jealous of me when you see this image. I don’t mind, hahaha! There is a risk that there’s no blog post next week – I’ll be away and my mind might not be with the blog – but I’ll be back. I am, however, not focussing on that ‘back’ part yet since I still have to leave!

One thing is already certain: we’ll have a lot of fun!

Naked and that almost temperature.

The almost safe temperature

temperature

Today, for me, is one of those almost okay to be nude outside days. It’s almost nice, not very rainy. Unfortunately it’s not just right. There is a bit too much wind, and I think it’s coming from the wrong side. Out of the wind it’s pretty good, but once the wind hits, the wind chill factor gets to me.

Walking in the rain

I’m usually fine walking in the rain when the temperature is nice. Nice for me starts at 23C / 73F. Lower than that, the wind will quickly chase me inside when I’m naked. Maybe I’m a wimp, maybe it’s my age starting to show but I’m for warm place. Otherwise I’d have been a polar bear or a penguin.

Different people, different thermometers

I love how there are so many people and so many opinions about when it’s good enough to be naked outside. I remember from many years ago (make that a lot of many) when I did a naked walk in a nearby German forest when the air temperature was about 5C / 41F, and that was fine. Because it was a walk in a forest. The dense trees kept the wind away and also, after walking for a while, my body was producing heat to ward off any chills. That was a cool walk and I would love to do it again.

Walk in Germany

I tried it, not that long ago, but the shivers got to me to the point where I decided it wasn’t worth trying to go on until I got warm. I could have persisted, because shivering is movement too and that can warm you, but that prospect just didn’t do it for me.

Next month I will be off to a warm island for a week. I’d be surprised if I can’t get some good walking done there!

Would being naked ever get boring?

“Always wearing the same thing is boring.”

Clothes

This is what I heard a while ago. Given the amount of different kinds of clothing, one might almost think that’s a valid statement.

However… if we think back to ancient times, and I mean the times before you and I and even the oldest person in the world was born, most people didn’t have that much of a choice in attire (if they even needed that). Let’s have a look at that.

Prehistoric life and times

Prehistoric people apparently wore skins to keep themselves warm. I doubt they had many options, like a Versace bear skin, or a Levi’s loin cloth. They’d probably wear what they had until it fell apart and then got something new.

The image above should demonstrate that, but for me there’s wrong with it. If the temperature is such that their upper bodies are not covered, and the child is entirely naked, why would they even wear such a thing? I’m pretty much convinced that this originates more from the painter’s modest mind than from actual need during that time.

Killing a bear with a stone axe (like she holds) or a bow (like he holds) would be quite a chore. My guess is that prehistoric people would go around naked much more than modern ideas allow. Look at how the man’s leg movement would be restricted by his ‘skirt’, and now imagine him running after some game to hunt down. That’s not going to fill stomachs well, unless prehistoric people had a particular way to run. In that case I would love to see that. Please share your prehistoric videos!

Living life naked

Paul in the woods

With this in mind, I started writing this blog post, the start of which might have confused you. Clothes? Yes, that was how I wanted to get to this spot.

Anyone who has spent a significant amount of time in the nude, be it at home, on vacation or wherever, has experienced the freedom it brings.

Have you ever had the idea that wearing the same skin all the time is boring? After all, it’s the only one you have, and as far as I know there are no shops to get another one, in the right shade of red that’s fashionable this summer. For myself I have never had that idea.

Charco del Palo, nude in the street
Charco del Palo

On my vacations to naturist places, like Charco del Palo, I have spent a lot of time naked, and not once did that feel boring.

Many others there also walked around in the same lack of attire and everyone had a good time. I don’t think anyone ever gave the boring concept some thought. And even then, if your regular skin is boring, there’s always body painting!

sunday body paint
Body painting session in New York

Morning quiet. Feeling nature naked.

Not the view from my balcony!

A few days ago, early morning, I was out on the balcony. Naked, because the temperature was surprisingly gentle for a February morning so I took advantage of it.

There is something amazing, wonderful, soothing to be out there, hearing blackbirds call out (yes, they are early this year) and hardly hearing anything else out there.

I even was blessed with the absence of cars while I stood there and took in nature from where I was. It was still dark. That helped me to imagine I was out in nature, surrounded by trees, grass, lakes, anything non-human.

In nature, away from people

Sometimes I need that. To be all alone, away from the madness of humanity, mingling with the feel of nature itself.

That is a big part of nature-ism for me. Nothing on me, no one around me. I just want to take in the healing feeling of what nature has to offer, and enjoy that as much as I can.

It doesn’t take much to enjoy that, for me. I know many people have difficulties with that, though. They are so much into the stress and haste and hurry of life that they forget to stop and really ‘feel’.

I pity those people.

Calm down. Undress. Unstress.