French Nudist Pioneer Christiane Lecocq dies at 103

The year 2015 has brought in a little grief among people of the nudist community, owing to death of the famous, globally renowned nudist pioneer Christiane Lecocq. It is believed that this nudist pioneer had founded one of the first naturist clubs in Europe. Indeed, it is also said that she had been the driving force in bringing the nudist lifestyle into mainstream. She was buried on January 2, 2015.
Lacocq and her husband Albert were the spearheads of the French Naturist Association that was established in 1950. The federation produced an international branch three years later, which is now considered as the commencement of the movement, which today boasts of over 16 million members spread across 38 nations across the globe.

Vice president of the French Naturist Federation said that the couple had played an instrumental role in spreading awareness on naturism. Since the early 1950, the two had focused on the social and family character of naturism and showed that it could prove to be a lucrative tourist attraction like any other. Vice President Yves Leclerc also mentioned that the nudist colony Lecocq had set up in Montalivet in Southwestern France had become one of the most important centers among the European nations.

President of the French Naturist Federation went on to say that Christiane Lecocq is clearly the major reason behind France becoming the leading naturist destination in the world. As a matter of fact over 3.5 million participants flock to this part of the world in search of nudist recreation, out of which around 1.5 million are of French origin.
Global nudist recreational tourism has witnessed a significant rise in the recent years as people continue to understand the core of naturism and their principles. Thanks to the increase in the number of nudist dating sites, a lot of nudists have been able to find their ideal match without having to face any awkward situations. In addition, most nudist dating sites allow users to keep a tab on nudist events in their local area, where they can get in touch with like-minded people from across the globe.

Nudist dating sites have grown in leaps and bounds over the years, thereby taking nudist dating to a whole new level. Today, people have become more considerate towards the customs followed by members of the nudist community and respect them. While Lecocq has undoubtedly played a crucial role in propagating the nudist culture, her followers have done an amazing job in continuing the tradition and expanding the reach of the federation.

Any person who is interested in following the nudist lifestyle can become a member of the French Nudist Federation, regardless of their color, age, sex and other attributes. In addition, there are several country-specific unions that have been established that you can check out.


Nudist resorts are not all about sex: Confessions of a Nudist Resort

Most people who are not clear about the idea of nudism often mix nudism with sex. For several years, owners of clothing-optional resorts have tried to make people understand that these places aren't just about sex. Nudists or naturists are just normal people who prefer staying cloth-free. There is a lot of difference between a nudist and an exhibitionist.
One thing that you would have to keep in mind is that not every naturist resort is the same. While you might see naked people in all these resorts, their target audience is very different. There are pure nudist resorts where wearing clothes are prohibited and then you have clothing-optional resorts. You might also come across a few resorts that are for people that follow the swinger lifestyle.

In fact, the idea of visiting a nudist resort can be alluring as well as terrifying, depending on your previous experiences. If the only naked people you've seen were on the beaches, then you have absolutely no idea of what the nudist community is all about. Real nudists claim that nudism is a kind of lifestyle that revolves around freedom and personal acceptance.

Nudists are always known to accept others regardless of their race, caste, creed, color or language. In fact, some people view at it as a community that unites humanity based on one common trait. According to the owner of a nudist resort, being a nudist is a liberating experience.
Moreover, experts believe that singles coming to nudist resorts should not expect to find a date. If you are looking to find a companion, a nudist beach would be a much more appropriate place. Nudist resorts attract a lot of couples from all over the world. Nevertheless, single nudists can also come to these resorts with their friends and have fun, provided they behave well and do not trouble others.

Each member of the nudist community is expected to follow certain rules and regulations that they are expected to know. If any person is caught violating this code of conduct, he or she might be barred from entering that place forever. In addition, nudists are also advised to abstain from using the term “nudist colony”. This term became unacceptable in the 1980s. Modern nudist resorts strive to provide a complete nudist experience for adults with a combination of good food and drinks.

On the other hand, referring to it as a nudist colony would mean that the resort is open to families. Therefore, it is evident that not every nudist resort would cater to your sexual desires.


Naked Hiking

If you were under the impression that nudists can only head to nude beaches and nudist resorts to spend their vacation, then you're absolutely wrong. If you happen to be a nudist who likes adventure sports, there are plenty of options for you. While these might not be viable in your country of residence, you can still try them out during a vacation with your loved ones.
Naked hiking also referred to as naked walking or free-hiking is an adventurous activity, which you can explore on your next nude holiday. Modern nudists are looking to explore more possibilities of having fun have come up with this idea. Gone are the days when nudist beaches, resorts and spa centers were the only recreational places for nudist singles. Nudist hiking is the best thing you can indulge in if you're looking for some serious fun.

Regardless of whether you are single or holidaying with your partner, this activity will ensure you have the best time of your life. Nevertheless, being cloth-free is illegal in some countries and practicing social nudism could attract serious action by the police. Nudist singles are advised to check the local laws of the place prior to planning such outing.

How did it begin?

The idea of naked hiking as a recreational activity for nudists was first started in the United Kingdom by Steve Gough (known as the Naked Rambler). Gough received lot of attention from the media during his maiden walk from Land's end to John o’ Groats in 2003-2004. He repeated the same in 2005-2006. In spite of being attested and released several times during his walk, he did not give up and encouraged people to try nudism.

In 2005-2006, a group of nudist volunteers crossed the European Alps during their one week hiking tour. Due to little media coverage, this event never gained hype and saw no involvement of the law enforcement bodies. People of the nudist community are known to be very friendly. In fact, the reason they choose this lifestyle is to abolish discrimination based on color, cast, creed, or even body type.
Nudist Hiking – A modern form of social nudism

In addition to bike riding events hosted by various organization from all over the world, nudist hiking and trekking is another example of an event promoting social nudism. It has been observed that people choose to participate in such activities due to the fact that it gives an opportunity to interact with like-minded people.

All in all, nudist hiking is the best way to get closer to the nature while being cloth-free. These trips give you an opportunity to get in touch with some amazing people and make new friends or connections.