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Singles holidays for men

By Cathy Winston, Editor of 101 Singles Holidays

The number of people taking solo trips is growing every year, with more companies and a wider variety of holidays to suit every style. And while female solo travellers are behind much of the increase, there are also more singles holidays than ever for men, whether you’re looking for food and culture, adventure and activity, or the chance to kick back in the sun, or meet new people.

Singles only

If you’re new to solo travel, singles-only holidays are a great way to ensure you’re with a group of like-minded companions. Plus, you’ll avoid single supplements.

Two of the biggest singles specialists, Friendship Travel and Solos Holidays, aim for a balance of men and women on their trips. Women tend to book earlier, so you can usually get a good idea of the actual group make-up if you ask closer to departure date – ideal if you’re eyeing up last-minute deals too.

There’s everything from walking and skiing holidays to golf, tennis, cruises and beach breaks: all have group hosts on hand too to keep everything running smoothly.

Travel One’s hosted group holidays work in a similar way; their focus is on sunshine escapes in Europe and North Africa, although there are long-haul trips too. The majority of guests are aged in their 40s to 60s, and tend to attract more women than men.

Or there are walking and ski breaks, as well as river cruises, among Just You’s collection which tends to appeal to a similar age range. Around a quarter of guests are men if you prefer groups with a higher proportion of women.

Group holidays and escorted tours

From wildlife spotting to heading off the beaten track across Africa and Asia, there’s a huge array of group tours on offer. Often you can share a room with another man of a similar age to avoid paying a single supplement.

Around 60% of those on a Tucan Travel break travel solo, and they have itineraries which are particularly popular with travellers in their 20s to 40s. Room share is an option for the majority of tours and you can find out the numbers travelling solo before you book.

Regent Holidays has group tours into the Arctic Circle, Central Asia and little-visited parts of Europe, not to mention a pioneering break to Abkhazia on the Black Sea, some with no single supplement.

Overland adventures tend to attract similar numbers of men and women, with solo travellers paired up to share rooms and tents on trips with Oasis Overland. Itineraries include Africa and Central Asia.

Rainbow Tours also specialises in destinations off the beaten track, including gorilla trekking in Uganda and a choice of bespoke and group trips to Madagascar. Or Take Me To Africa is another company whose small group Africa tours are popular with both men and women.

Just under half of those on the small group trips from On The Go Tours are men, with no compulsory single supplements on many trips and sometimes the option of your own room at no extra cost. Destinations include Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, India and Asia.

For Asia specialists, the solo-only tours from China specialists Wendy Wu, appeal to a mix of men and women, typically aged 45-65 with no single supplement. And there are small supplements on InsideAsia Tours, for destinations such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, as well as Japan.

If it’s travelling in a group that appeals more than adventure, there’s luxury and indulgence to be had too – gourmet barge holidays from European Waterways run on the canals of France, Italy, Holland and more, with great food and wine included.

Active and activity holidays

Activity holidays ensure you’ll have something in common with travel companions.

Ramblers Walking Holidays has breaks for solo travellers across the UK and Europe with no single supplement. And the lakes and mountains walking holidays from Inghams include optional daily excursions, which are great for meeting others. They also have ski holidays for singles.

The cycling breaks from Saddle Skedaddle attract a mix of men and women: trips include mountain biking and guided cycling adventures, as well as supported bike holidays if you prefer to head off alone and have your luggage transported each day to your next stop.

Or saddle up on a ranch holiday in North America. There are working ranches in the USA and Canada if you’ve always fancied being a cowboy, sleeping in a swag under the stars, as well as more luxurious resort resort ranches.

You’ll also find plenty of cultural tours from specialists such as Kirker Holidays and Martin Randall Travel. Most have a mix of men and women on the trips themed around art, literature and music, many of which have a low single supplement. Some are exclusively for solo travellers.

Peter Sommer Travels is another great option if you love history and archaeology holidays, with expert-led tours in Europe.

Solo sun holidays

The chance to relax in the sun is something that appeals to every age, every gender, and there are some great hotels with no single supplement from Mercury Holidays. You’ll find deals for the Algarve, the Spanish Costas and Cyprus as well as long-haul options.

The Mistral Hotel in Crete has a house party atmosphere and is exclusively for solo travellers, with a mix of male and female guests aged 20 to 70.

Add some watersports to the mix with snorkelling, windsurfing and sailing at Turtle Bay Beach Club in Kenya. The hotel in the Watamu Marine National Reserve is close to a turtle nesting site, with no single supplement for solo travellers if you book through Tropical Sky.

Barefoot Traveller also has special rates for solo guests at Bandos Island Resort in the Maldives for more snorkelling and diving in the Indian Ocean.

The range of activities included at The BodyHoliday in St Lucia is impressive, with motorised watersports and some scuba diving as well as archery, tennis, snorkelling and more. There’s even a daily spa treatment thrown in if you fancy a massage to recover, rooms for solo travellers year-round and a special September Solos month.

And while there tend to be more women taking a solo cruise than men, they’re still very popular with both: Norwegian Cruise Lines are one of the best for single cruises, with solo staterooms and a solos-only lounge, as well as flexible dining. Norwegian Epic cruises the Caribbean during the winter.

Solo holidays for men over 50

It’s rare that you will be excluded from any trip because of your age (barring fitness requirements). But if you’re over 50 and looking to travel with a similar age group, there are companies with trips to suit solo travellers.

Saga has holidays for singles ranging from beach breaks to escorted tours and cruises, all available exclusively for those over 50. The special interest tours also appeal to solo travellers, including birdwatching and wildlife trips, walking holidays, dance breaks and cultural escapes.

Another option for walkers are the sociable tours from Hedonistic Hiking, where the majority of guests are aged 50-70 and the focus is on the best food and drink as well as the hikes.

The solo-only tours from Cox and King are also popular with over 50s, with destinations worldwide. Hotels are usually four or five-star, with rooms for sole occupancy. Another luxury option is Abercrombie & Kent, also popular with the over-50s, who have no single supplement on the first four places on their small group immersive journeys, such as to Jordan.

Or Fred. Olsen cruises appeal to older solo cruisers, with the average age of those on board at 65. There are single cabins and set dining, for those who prefer a more formal approach to cruising, and many itineraries leave from English and Scottish ports if you prefer not to fly.

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Last updated: 21 February 2020

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