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Northwest Traveler

Travel news, consumer advice and trip reports for the Northwest and beyond.

Category: beaches
October 26, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Crack down on Washington beach driving? Take our poll

The sun had just set below the Pacific Ocean’s indigo horizon. Our Long Beach bonfire was blazing merrily in the windbreak of a drift log, and a glass of cabernet washed down some sticky s’mores rather nicely. It was the kind of moment the local visitor bureau likes people to talk about. Then the peaceful moment…

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July 24, 2013 at 4:53 PM

The people speak … on Speedos

Members of the offensive line of the Purdue football team donned Speedos and gear to look fetching for a Media Day. (Michael Heinz/Journal and Courier, 2000).

Another use for Speedos: Members of the offensive line of the Purdue football team donned Speedos and gear to look fetching for a Media Day. (Michael Heinz/Journal and Courier, 2000).

This is the time of year for beach vacations and some men don Speedos, the tiny cling-fitting bathing suits that leave little to the imagination.

Should they or shouldn’t they? 

In a completely unscientific poll on my earlier Speedo blog post, more than 300 Seattle Times readers shared their views – and voted – on men

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July 22, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Does a Speedo cast a pall on your beach vacation?

Peter Travis (left), the creator of the Speedo in the 1960s, stands on Australia's Bondi Beach with his Speedo-wearing nephew. (Sydney Morning Herald photo, 2008).

Peter Travis (left), the creator of the Speedo trunks  in the 1960s, stands on Australia’s Bondi Beach with his Speedo-wearing nephew. (Sydney Morning Herald photo, 2008).

It’s summer.  It’s beach-vacation time.  And that brings men in Speedo-type swimsuits, those really tight and really skimpy swimsuits that some beach-goers love and others loathe.

 Invented by an Australian, and beloved initially by competitive swimmers, men worldwide now don Speedo-type suits, little stretchy bits of nylon that leave little to the imagination.

Europeans appear to love Speedos best (hence the bathing suit’s nickname of “Euro pouch”), with young muscled hunks

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