Take a "nakation", from an 18km nudity-allowed hiking trail in Germany to an all-nude Mediterranean cruise with an “Undressed to Kill” James Bond theme night.

With only a few weeks left to soak up the sun, clothing just gets in the way.

In Germany, “nakation” enthusiasts have flocked to Dankerode, a small town west of Berlin, where the first nudity-allowed hiking trail opened in May 2010. The 18km stretch welcomes clothed tourists as well, though signs warn unsuspecting hikers they may see more than just wildlife on the trail. Go now before the average high temperature drops to below 16C in October.

For a warmer nakation, Bare Necessities Tour and Travel offers all-nude cruises to the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and the Philippines. Passengers are expected to be dressed for meals in the dining room and any time the ship is in port, but no need to worry about the dreaded “Formal Night” as T-shirts and shorts are considered acceptable. The tour company does arrange extra theme nights such as an “Undressed to Kill” James Bond-themed night where attendees often wear only 007’s signature bow-tie, or in the spirit of the movie Goldfinger, all-gold body paint.

More active travellers might consider the annual World Naked Bike Ride, happening on 10 March, 2012 in the Southern Hemisphere, and in June in the Northern Hemisphere.

Even in the notoriously prudish US, the American Association of Nude Recreation (AANR) offers a “Nakation in a Box”, complete with a full list of nudist resorts and campgrounds across the US and Canada, a towel, and an ever-important bottle of sunscreen. The AANR set a Guinness World Record in 2010 for simultaneous skinny dipping with 14,110 participants across North America.

When you go on a nakation, it is not always as simple as showing up and stripping down. A few things to know before you go:

  • Some resorts are clothing-optional, while some are entirely clothing-free (where nudity is mandatory), so it’s best to call ahead and pick one that will make you feel the most comfortable. Most resorts adopt a “clothed when practical, nude when appropriate” policy.
  • Leave your camera at home. Most nude destinations frown on photography or restrict it to certain areas only.
  • Don’t assume a nude environment equals a sexual one. Nudists resorts tend to be focused on self-acceptance and freedom rather than free love.