Oh, boy. Where do I begin? The New York Times Travel Section has a story this week, "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem," exposing the growing trend of nudist travel. Apparently there are all-nude luxury resorts from Mexico to the Caribbean. This growth industry is estimated at $440,000,000 last year. There's even an all-nude Hawaiian cruise scheduled for 2010. And - get this - they are referring to a such trip as a "nakation."
There is absolutely no way I would ever do this. Yes, I'm modest. But even more importantly, I really don't want to see other nude people frolicking on a cruise ship or lunching by the pool or playing volleyball / water polo or whatever (like in this photo). However, I think I've figured out why this is becoming popular. Who wants to go through all the hassle of bringing luggage to an airport these days? With the nudist vacation, lost luggage is a thing of the past! Besides, is being nude for a week really that much more embarrassing than having a full body scan at your local airport security checkpoint? Probably not, unless you're taking a trip with your parents or your boss. The main problem I foresee is managing to fit a sufficient amount of sunscreen into those Ziplock bags they make you use now. Click on the title of the post to read the full article in the NYT.
So today's discussion - would you go / have you ever gone on a "nakation?"
Hugs and fishes,