For many years I had always thought I was an exhibitionist. Recently I realized that this may be not be a true representation of whom I am. For instance I enjoy the freedom of being nude but I am uncomfortable in situations where I know that I might be caught by a neighbor or a friend who would not understand.
I think exhibitionist has a sexual derivation as the person who is attempting this is actually attempting to be sexually aroused by almost being caught. That would be the clinical definition of exhibitionism. Don't know if that is totally true or not.
A nudists, on the other hand, is only interested in the freedom associated with being nude. It took me a long time to understand that but until I did I had a negative view of what I enjoy. That is partially because of family views and partially societies views that I had that negative opinion.
I know what you mean. It feels great to take my clothes off and wander around, and It feels great to have someone look on me appreciatively ( or even humorously....hey why not). I guess that's why we have hormones. Also it is a relief to just be natural and drop all the heavy stuff and have fun.