(The original article appeared here: http://www.tripso.com/archives/2005/10/5_myths_about_n.html, but in case they remove it or archive it, here it is without the images and slick magazine style formatting)

5 myths about nude vacations
The realities of 'au naturel' holidays

By Christopher Elliott
Travel columnist
Updated: 1:11 p.m. ET Oct. 14, 2005


As a college student hiking through the French Alps many years ago, I accidentally uncovered one hotel's shocking secret.

I didn't mean to reveal it. It was a blistering hot day in Grenoble, and my traveling companion, Nate, wandered toward a swimming pool behind the resort while I stocked up on water and provisions. Moments later he returned, pale-faced.

"Chris," he said breathlessly, pointing toward the pool. "There are breasts in there."

Yes, there were. The French, like many Europeans, generally think nothing of baring breasts, butt < and more < at the beach, much to the surprise of visiting Yanks. I already knew this, because I had grown up in Europe. But my friend Nate, who was born and raised in the Bible Belt, didn't.

Nudity! There, I said it. If the thought of going au naturel on holiday makes you uncomfortable, please don't read on. You'll probably be offended.

Still with me? OK, here are the five leading myths about nude vacations.