Take the 2-minute tour ×
Travel Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for road warriors and seasoned travelers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Although some cultures are less prudent then others I have the impression that walking in the nude in public is frowned upon world wide. Is this a correct assumption?

I know that for example going to the sauna in some countries requires you to go full monty, whereas in others it is considered offensive. So answers mentioning nude beaches, saunas and other designated areas are invalid. I am simply wondering is you can walk on the street naked without getting into trouble.

share|improve this question
Also: Are there cultures without “streets”? –  Relaxed May 13 '14 at 11:28
@Madlozoz Obviously. It was meant as a gentle poke on the question. –  Relaxed May 13 '14 at 12:35
Don't worry, mine was just a gentle poke at your comment. But as I can't help having the last word, Sea gypsies definitely have no street –  Madlozoz May 13 '14 at 12:40
You have obviously never seen a National Geographic magazine. –  Flimzy May 13 '14 at 12:53
"Less prudent"? Do you mean "Less prudish"? –  Phil Perry May 13 '14 at 20:52

2 Answers 2

Yep, a good friend of mine lives in Ghana. He says that, when out and about on particularly hot days, he meets Ghanaians who have neglected to put on clothes before leaving the house.

share|improve this answer
bada-tssh. Where in Ghana does he live? As this is certainly not typical for city life in Ghana, where going nude would very much be frowned upon. –  MastaBaba May 13 '14 at 18:52
South of lake volta. I'm not sure how large his town is but I figure that's beside the point. –  sirdank May 13 '14 at 19:32
It is not besides the point if it's taken as representative for the whole country. –  MastaBaba May 13 '14 at 22:13
@MastaBaba to be technical, it is besides the point, as the question was if cultures exist where nudity is not frowned upon. The answer is yes. As an example, apparently in some areas of Ghana - from anecdotal evidence from a friend - it is not unusual. –  Doc May 13 '14 at 23:03

The answer to your exact question is "No"

"Street" imply an urban environment and, if you are above 10 year old, no such place would accept public nudity.

That said, you can find some remote tribes in Papua. I think there is also an island in Sumatra, but I forgot the name. Once again, it would be deep in the forest. Not in the (relatively) cosmopolitan harbor.

In both case, I am pretty sure they would frown at a white guy walking naked in their village.


share|improve this answer
Sumatra is an island :) –  Bernhard May 13 '14 at 12:28
Quite true :D An island on the southern west coast of sumatra, then. –  Madlozoz May 13 '14 at 12:32
You can also find some tribes in the Brazilian amazon that wear nothing. –  MastaBaba May 13 '14 at 18:58

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.