Off Season Thoughts…

We have been at two resorts during their off-season. I'm not sure I recommend it. The fun of going is meeting new people and discussing what they do as hobbies or their interests. Without them, it's just you going in a hot tub and spending time alone. Now that might be great for some people but we really like meeting people. Now, we have had an awesome time at our local resort during a special event in the winter but then you knew that there would be people there. I guess it just depends on what you like. Just a random thought...

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Planning for 2019 and Beyond…

The new year is almost here. This is a good time to book a cabin on The Big Nude Boat for 2020. It's only a 7 day cruise so it's a little cheaper than the 10 day they were doing. We're planning to visit a club in Texas next year and we'll report about our stay. The on-line reviews are good so we're hoping to find a new place to go more than once. We know it's been a slow reporting year but our Textile life has been pretty busy. The cruise also took all of our travel budget. Having a home club to go to helped that a bit but not much to report on. Have a fun Holiday and play naked!

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iSwimNude – The App

There is an app for Apple IOS devices that helps you find resorts and places to be nude all over the world. It's called iSwimNude and you can download it from the App store. It's data is generated by users so it's only as good as the community will allow but it actually works great! When you open the app, it shows you locations that are closest to you. You tap on them to see more details and even find the location on the map. It's really handy when you're working out new places to visit locally or if you're in a new place. We frequently update places that we've been and review them as well. And, It's Free! How cool is that? Android version is in development. iSwimNude Website

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Your Home Club

We spent the past weekend at our home club, Serendipity Park, in Cleveland, GA. We talked to people who drive 5 hours to get to this club because they feel like it's family. There were several new people there who were welcomed like they were family. I know all clubs aren't this way but if you're lucky enough to have one near you that does, try and frequent it as often as possible. Membership in a good club will allow you to come and go as you please. Memberships can cost $400-$1600 a year (per couple) based on the club and features of the membership. Some include membership in a nudist organization (like AANR) and some do not. If your club is a member of an organization like AANR, you can get a discount on a membership into that organization as well. We've found a great club in Serendipity that is warm and open with respectful people that just want to have fun in the nude. It's worth looking for a club like this near you!

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BN Final Thoughts

As far as our vacation went, this was a blast. Bare Necessities added additional events such as a talks on nudist history, meet ups for groups, a talent show, etc. They also worked with Carnival Cruise Line to create some clothing optional excursions. It was interesting to see people of all shapes, sizes, and nationalities come together and having fun! Everyone rates trips like this differently and people we met had various complaints mostly with the cruise line. The real problem I saw was that there was never enough deck lounges available. I'm told by a frequent textile cruiser that it's normally a problem but add the fact that probably 80% of the people on this cruise want to catch rays on a regular basis and it gets worse. We had to get to the deck at 6am to get two chairs. The cruise line tried to help by putting stickers on towels on the chairs but people wised up and just took them off when they saw them. We actually used ours until 11am and gave them to friends to use at that point. Not many people gambled in the casino. I'm sure the cruise company was disappointed about

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BNB Continued Again!

We had another day at sea on The Big Nude Boat and took in a variety show and some comedians. We had met up with friends we knew from various resorts we've been to. It's funny, you get on the ship and know no one but that doesn't last. The next part of the trip was The ABCs of the Caribbean, the Dutch islands of Curacao, Bonaire, and Aruba. When we got close to the 3 mile border from Curacao the announcement was made that we had to wear clothes everywhere on the ship. We had two excursions planned, Snorkeling, and the Sunset Cruise, both clothing optional. The snorkeling was fun after a pretty bumpy boat ride. When we got back, we found out that the Sunset Cruise was on the same boat. It was a bit too much boating for us but that wasn't the fault of the tour. The following day was Bonaire. We took a Semi-Sub tour of the coral and fish in a boat that you sat down inside and looked out windows on the side. It was neat. Our final island destination was Aruba. We took a UTV tour of the island and saw a

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BNB Continued

The following day was at sea so we still weren't required to put on clothing unless we were eating in the restaurant. There is a 24 hour buffet also available and clothing is not required there. There were workshops and talks about nudism or other items like photography available. At night they ran movies on the big screen, there were "comedians", and music in the form of live bands and Karaoke. There was something to do until at least 12:00 every night if you wanted. The following day was in Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic. Still, there was no announcement about clothing being required on the ship. We were the only ship in this relatively private port so clothing was only required if you were getting off the ship. There was a pool and a zip line there at the dock and you could remove your clothes if you wanted to. We took an excursion to Zip-Line with Lunch and nude beach. It was a long ride in a passenger truck down dirt roads. There were people just living their lives in simple roughly built houses along the way. It took 45 minutes to get to our destination. The

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Bare Necessities Big Nude Boat 2018!

The nudist event of the year is clearly the Big Nude Boat. About 2600 people sign up to travel together with very little on but a smile. Now how naked can you be on such a trip? Good question! On the day we left port in Miami, it looked like an ordinary Carnival Cruise. The ship is The Victory. We boarded the ship and found our way to the Lido deck. This is where you can get food 24*7 and where the pools, water slide, and hot tubs are. We found a couple of chaise lounges and got some lunch and drinks until our room was ready. At the sail-away, everyone was clothed. Some minimally, but clothed. After we were three miles out, an announcement was made that nudity was allowed. Some people were fully nude, some were topless, others fully dressed. Whatever makes you comfortable. And to say there are all shapes and sizes is an understatement. The average age was probably 60 though. It is generally an older crowd but there were a few 20-ish couples onboard. The first port we pulled into on day two was Half Moon Cay, a private Bahamas island owned by the cruise

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