How do you find out about the joys of being a naturist ?
You could find a friend and ask them about the joys of naturism first hand or you could go on the internet and find out all the details. Most people go about it the old fashioned way, by buying books, magazines or other printed media and then read through it at their leisure. If you go on amazon or other shopping sites, you can find many books on the subject; many are of the tourism variety, while others tell the stories of the adventures had by many seasoned naturists. If we concentrate on the former first we will find you can get all sorts of publications from all over the world. In Britain the most popular book is Bare Britain, which concentrates on beaches, naturist clubs and focuses on the stress-free and back-to-nature benefits of simple living, its 200 pages showcase the best of British – from deserted beaches to the traditional naturist club. The book’s pictures and fascinating descriptions will surprise, delight and entertain anyone with a sense of freedom in their souls. There is also a couple of Wild Swimming books…Wild Swimming and Wild Swimming Coast which highlight, tucked away beauty spots where you can strip off and take a dip. Many of these you can walk naked to, across the deserted countryside. Imagine a summertime tour through the wildest and most beautiful regions of Britain – boating, camping and swimming along the way. You can also chart your journey in your own record book. Older publications by David Martin can still be bought if you hunt around The Nudist Way and the Naturist Guide to British Isles being just two. Looking overseas there is the lavish “the world’s best nude beaches” by Mike Charles, Nick Mayhew-Smith, Judi Ditzler and Nicky Hoffman-Lee
which details fully most of the worlds (Inc. the UK) finest nude beaches. This is an update on the original book which was just called Bare Beaches. Nudist Pictorial Classic series also have guide books to North America and Europe detailing all manner of beaches and resorts. Other books go into the whole spectrum of nudism/naturism in more detail one of these being “The Complete Guide to Nudism and Naturism: Everything You Wanted to Know About Nudism But Didn’t Know Who to Ask!” by Liz Egger and James Egger this tells you what you should and shouldn’t do and give lots of good advice. Nigel Keer’s “Paul and James’s Naturist Adventure” is a true to life story about Paul Jessop and James Handle. They are two fourteen-year-olds who have known each other all their lives. One very warm day while out roaming through the local countryside and woods, not far from home, they’re suddenly surprised when they spot a naturist rambler. Having never seen anyone walk about like this before their curiosity gets the better of them and they decide to follow him. It leads to them finding out about a naturist swim at their own local leisure centre and, after deducing what the word naturist means, want to find a way of getting in to see for themselves what ís going on. However, this is far from straightforward and, as you might guess, they’re both very reserved boys. They manage to get in without being seen, but how? Who do they meet? Do they make any friends and what is more; do they get away with it? What will their parents say if they find out? Read the full story and discover the delights of naturism for yourself. Another is the “Diary of a Nudist Part 1 – One woman’s intimate account of her journey from clothed conformity to naked freedom” by Belinda Mosse in this author write in diary form .Married and pregnant at sixteen Belinda Mosse had spent her life in the little country village where she was born. When her children left home Belinda got divorced, moved to London and discovered what she describes as ‘the joys of naturism’. She started a new naturist life and has kept a daily diary ever since. It has been a sometimes hectic but always interesting time for Belinda. She has loved the excitement of dancing the night away at the Ritz and the thrill of being kissed by Richard Gere, but has been just as happy sharing a simple picnic on a wild deserted beach with an old man and his dog. Equally at home in a designer suit, a cheap sarong or nothing at all Belinda has always kept her feet firmly on the ground and in spite of everything has remained the same delightfully simple little country girl she always was. Belinda’s diary is an open, honest and intimate account of her journey from clothed conformity to naked freedom.
Moving on there are magazines which also highlight the benefits of a naturist lifestyle. The world’s old and most famous naturist magazine has to be Health and Efficiency (H&E), edited by Sam Hawcroft, this has been in continuous publication since 1900. Every month it features articles of interest to those who live the clothes-free lifestyle, from news and travel to art and culture, backed up with some brilliant photography. Another good publication is the bi monthly Naturist life. As its website says “Published bi monthly – six issues per year and packed with news and information as well as feature articles on holidays, beaches, clubs and places to go as well as the personalities in the naturist movement the magazine is a bright and breezy read. Already, because our subscribers come from all walks of life and with varying interests, the range and depth of articles is increasing and we are attracting a number of well-known and experienced writers, who are also giving freely of their talents. Do not expect an entirely reverent view of naturism – if there is a story that needs to be told. Naturist Life magazine first evolved from the newsletter – Shabden News which was originally developed as a means of communication between members of Shabden Leisure Circle. Suzanne Piper, the Editor of Naturist Life and Club Secretary for Shabden, has been a naturist for more than 34 years and is well known on the international scene.”
Other magazines tend to be member subscriptions only, such as the BN magazine (in the UK) or Tan which is published in Australia. In the North American the naturist society produce N while in Canada “going natural” is published.
All in all there is a wealth of information printed or on the web giving such good reviews of the joys and benefits of the naked lifestyle it’s such a shame that many try to portray naturism as something that is wrong. Go out and try it for yourself, feel liberated, feel free, strip off and take the plunge don’t look back…take our advice it’s worth it !