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Naked Hiking Takes Off in Switzerland

Can’t afford to shop right now? Here’s something that will come as a relief: nudity is in fashion. And it’s cheap, too. Leave it to the Swiss to popularize the trend of hiking in the buff. The practice has recently exploded in the Alpine town of Appenzell, a conservative hamlet whose citizens are now concerned it will become a mecca for the unclad. “It’s freedom. First, freedom in your head; then, freedom of the body,” one nude hiker told the New York Times. The downside? Freezing temperatures. On the other hand, all you need are boots and a backpack.