Singles holidays for men

By Cathy Winston, Editor

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.

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Singles only– Group tours – Activity holidays – Beach – Over-50s

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.

If you fancy a city, Solos Holidays has fully-escorted short breaks exclusively for singles to Rome,  IstanbulBudapest and Ljubljana.

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.

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.

Rainbow Tours also specialises in destinations off the beaten track, including gorilla trekking in Uganda and group trips to explore the wildlife and epic landscapes of Madagascar.

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 Wendy Wu appeal to a mix of men and women, typically aged 45-65 with no single supplement. I particularly recommend its group trips to 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.

Or saddle up for 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.

Brush up your kitchen skills on one of these cookery courses in Italy run by Flavours Holidays. You’ll be in a small group staying at a villa with a private pool, and you’ll get your own room with no single supplement.

If you just want a relaxing hotel break, Warner Leisure Hotels has properties around the UK in rural and coastal locations, each with a pool, spa and a choice of activities from Nordic walking to wine tasting. No children are allowed and there are thousands of rooms with no single supplement.

You’ll 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.

Sun and beach 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 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. Tours range from a Taste of the Greek Islands to The Golden Triangle and Tiger Trail in India. 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.

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: 19 May 2022

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