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British holidaymakers are more willing to use nudist beaches abroad than on home shores, a new survey suggests.

One in five Britons are happy to strip off at a nude beach during a holiday abroad while just one in 20 would go to a nudist beach in Britain, according to a survey by the online travel agent On the Beach.

Men were found to be more keen to bare it all than women, with one in three men willing to use a naturist beach abroad, and 10 per cent happy to go clothes-free on Britain’s nudist beaches. Women seemed to be more reserved, with only 12 per cent willing to head to a nudist beach on foreign shores, and a mere two per cent saying they would strip off on a beach in Britain.

“When on holiday, people often feel more audacious, confident in the knowledge they won’t bump into neighbours, colleagues or old friends,” said Alistair Daly, Chief Marketing Officer at On the Beach.

“The weather could also have an effect on the willingness to strip off, as the chances of sporting obvious and irritating tan lines are somewhat lower after a day spent sunbathing in the mild UK temperatures compared to the scorching summers in the Mediterranean,” he added.

In a sign that perhaps we shed our inhibitions as we get older, those over 50 were more confident to go naked on home shores, with nearly one in 10 willing to use nude beaches in Britain compared to only two per cent of those aged under 30. However, one in five of those under 30 were willing to use nudist beaches abroad.

Another recent poll by On the Beach revealed that only one per cent of Britons were annoyed by nudity on the beach, with loud music, insects, noisy children and dogs said to be more irritating. Bare bodies were placed as the tenth biggest bugbear on a beach.