A nakation is a clothing-optional holiday popularized by the American Association for Nude Recreation. Nudity has a long history, and nudists have historically isolated themselves at sites where nudity is acceptable. Nudists may choose to live in clothing-optional communities, vacation at clothing-optional hotels and resorts, and sunbathe, swim, or otherwise enjoy the outdoors at clothing-optional beaches and other public facilities that cater to nudists. The term ‘nakation’ entered the vernacular in the early 21st century, and many resorts, hotels, and even airlines have jumped at the opportunity, promoting a nudity-friendly philosophy. People looking to plan a nakation may want to consult a nudist organization for a list of recommended hotels, resorts, and packages.
A nakation is a clothing optional holiday. The concept of nakationing was popularized by the American Association for Nude Recreation, an organization that promotes clothing-optional recreation and events, along with partner organizations on other continents. People who take a nudity choose to visit sites that support the nudist lifestyle, offering optional clothing services for guests who wish to take advantage of them.
The recreation of the nude is a rather ancient activity. The Greeks, for example, competed naked in sporting competitions, and so did the Romans. Public nudity was also an accepted sight in public bathhouses, where people socialized naked. Changing morals in various societies led to a crackdown on nudity, with Europeans re-embracing the concept in the early 20th century through the nudist and naturist movements, which promoted a back-to-nature mentality.
Because some people object to nudism, nudists and naturists have historically chosen to isolate themselves at sites where nudity is acceptable, though typically not mandatory. In part, this is designed to respect people who may feel uncomfortable around naked individuals, and sites designated for nudists also circumvent laws prohibiting public nudity. Nudists may choose to live in clothing-optional communities, vacation at clothing-optional hotels and resorts, and sunbathe, swim, or otherwise enjoy the outdoors at clothing-optional beaches and other public facilities that cater to nudists.
The term ‘nakation’ entered the vernacular in the early 21st century, although people were obviously going on nudist holidays long before ‘nakation’ was coined. The popularization of nudity and the recreation of the nude in the early 21st century reflected a shift in public attitudes towards nude vacations, which was becoming more common. With wider acceptance has come a greater chance of profits and many resorts, hotels and even airlines have jumped at the opportunity, promoting a nudity-friendly philosophy and earning the endorsement of nudist associations.
On a vacation, people can do the same things they might on any other vacation, from lounging on the beach with a book to hiking or biking up a mountain. Depending on the type of nudity, people may go on vacation in groups, enjoying the company of like-minded individuals, or they may turn the trip into a more private romantic retreat.
People looking to plan a nudity may want to consult a nudist organization for a list of recommended hotels, resorts, and packages. When researching your vacation, it’s a good idea to read the policies posted by hosting hotels and resorts. For example, nudists may be asked to dress in certain areas of a hotel that combine the clothing-optional and clothing-required areas. Since some hotels and resorts specifically promote a more romantic trend for their nude packages, nudists with children or people who want to avoid a romantic atmosphere may want to look for more family-friendly packages.