Want to Get Naked with Some Strangers? Go Couch Surfing

A social-networking movement gives new meaning to “packing light.”

By Amy Hatch
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Naked couch surfing—sounds like one of those obnoxious T-shirt slogans from Abercrombie & Fitch, right?


Couch surfing is kind of what it sounds like: Travelers “surf” from private home to private home, avoiding the high cost of a hotel and immersing themselves in the local culture. The movement even has its own social-networking website, where you can register and search for a place to stay in cities all over the world.

And sometimes you can get naked with your hosts. Get your mind out of the gutter; we’re talking about couch surfing with bona fide nudists.

The New York Times reports that of the 2.8 million hosts registered on the website CouchSurfing, 1,100 belong to the “Clothing Optional” group. You don’t have to be a nudist to crash, but guests are warned that their new friends will be baring it all.

Nudist Yves Bournival, a 56-year-old nudist from Vancouver, Canada, has been hosting travelers while in the buff for more than 10 years, he tells the Times. He adds that many of his guests wind up stripping down early in their stay.

“When they see how comfortable I am in the nude,” he tells the newspaper, “my guess is they trust me and want to experience it as well.”

Sure would make it a lot easier to pack light.

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First Published September 2, 2011

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