Many thanks to Skyscanner, an airfare search/comparison website that searches across 600 airlines and 670,000 routes for the best fares, for this amusing set of suggestions on how to avoid paying excess baggage fees to the airlines on your next vacation.
They are suggesting, doubtless tongue in cheek, that you should consider what they term a ‘nakation’ – going somewhere where, ahem, clothes are optional. Think of the reduction in clothing needed if going somewhere where you’ll be naked most of the time.
Here are the top five places to strip off, according to Skyscanner. I have no experience of these destinations myself!
Naked Sauna – Kotiharju, Helsinki, Finland
Finns have long enjoyed getting hot and naked with their friends and the country boasts an average of one sauna for every household. The Kotiharju Sauna in Helsinki claims to be the only remaining public sauna in the city that is still heated by a wood burning stove and is highly recommended as a place to strip off with up to 30 other strangers and steam yourself silly.
Naked Golf – La Jenny, France
Easily reached with plenty of cheap airfare to Europe, La Jenny naturist resort in South West France offers Europe’s
only naked golf course. With six holes spread over 22 acres, as well as an indoor and outdoor driving range, golfers can forgo the sometimes-tacky, plaid pants in favor of a more natural look!
Naked Village – Costa Natura, Spain
This cosmopolitan village on the Costa Del Sol has nearly 200 apartments and was the first naturist settlement in
Spain. Fans of nakedness enjoy the freedom of roaming in their birthday suits in a quiet, secluded place with fellow nude enthusiasts. Holidaymakers can grab flights from New York with a connector to Malaga and get naked with the villagers in no time.
Naked Festival – Japan
Every year in the town of Okayama, 9,000 scantily clad men take to the streets to celebrate Hadaka Matsuri – Naked Festival. An important Shinto tradition, the event has become popular with tourists who also join the locals dressed only in loin cloths. The festival culminates in a giant naked scrum where participants try to touch a ‘special naked man’ who is believed can absorb all bad luck.
Naked Scuba Diving
If coming close to creatures of the underwater world isn’t exciting enough – why not take skinny dipping to new depths with a naked dive? Buff Divers is a company that offers ‘clothing optional’ scuba at sites all around the world. Cold water dives are obviously out, so expect tropical locations and warm seas. Naked divers should watch out for stinging creatures, spiky sea urchins and stray conger eels.