If you’re looking for excitement, want to meet cool people from across the globe or even if you’re on the hunt for lust and love, we hope you’ll enjoy our list of best places to travel alone for men.
This single guys travel guide is your first port-of-call if you’re going to be “flying solo” on your next vacation and struggling to come up with ideas for where to head to.
Whether you’ve just come out of a relationship, prefer your own company or you just want to live in the moment without anyone judging you, there are heaps of reasons for taking a vacation on your own. For many guys, there’s nothing quite like waking up in a hotel room in a foreign land and having no one to answer to! Just set your own itinerary, be your own compass and get stuck into the action!!!
This list features our favorite 10 spots from across the world for single men.
As you would expect, our choices are based on just how much fun to can have with a big emphasis on nightlife and girls. We’ve tried to include a mix of places from beautiful beaches with sun-drenched bars to exciting cities with the latest E.D.M (electronic dance music) venues.
The man who goes alone can start today, but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.Henry David Thoreau
The best places to travel alone for men right now
Ibiza – Spain
Our pick of the best destinations for single men is the idyllic island of Ibiza. Located in the Mediterranean Sea off the east coast of Spain, it’s 150 km from the city of Valencia and the third largest of what are known as the Balearic Islands.
Famous for its 24-hour parties and for hosting some of the largest clubs on the planet, this Spanish island has become a mecca for those that want to let their hair down, party hard and indulge in a string of one-night-stands.
The vibe ranges from glamorous to hippy as both backpackers and the jet-set-elite party in the sunshine and well into the night. The Ibiza party season usually runs from the last weekend in May until the first weekend in October, with the biggest and best parties being held during the first and final weeks.
On to the girls – you’ll find a whole range of women visiting Ibiza. From the classiest and most beautiful women of Europe to the trashiest and dirtiest girls of England, it’s a real melting-pot of humanity which is both wild and crazy “all” of the time!
So if you’re looking for total hedonism, easy European girls and beautiful beaches, why not join the throng of up-for-it party-goers that return to this awesome party destination year and year after year!
FURTHER INFO – Ibiza Spotlightback to menu ↑
Bangkok – Thailand
If you’re after somewhere a little more exotic, why not jump on a plane heading to the capital of Thailand? Bangkok has been on many single guys’ lists of vacation hotspots for decades and the vibrant and beautiful city just continues to get more popular.
Bangkok is a difficult city to describe. It combines the new and the old with a very distinct mix of culture, grace and high energy. It is a thriving metropolis that never seems to sleep and never fails to raise a smile.
So onto the nitty-gritty, Bangkok is a prime place to meet hot women from all over the country. The girls are extremely friendly and seem to be everywhere you turn! In most bars in the city there will usually be a few hot chicks that will be only too happy to sit and chat with you, but beware – many of the girls that you’ll meet here will be “working girls” and may require a few bucks for the pleasure of their company.
Bangkok is also a central travel hub for some other amazing cities in Thailand. From here, you can book trips to anywhere in Thailand such as the island of Koh Phangan (famous for the Full Moon Parties) in the South or if you could explore the mountains and jungles around the city of Chiang Mai in the North.
And if you want to get a little sleazy, the city is littered with strip joints, complete-service massage parlors, and Go-Go bars. In fact, there are not many cities that compete with Bangkok for sex-tourism so make sure you don’t forget those rubbers!
Apart from the seemingly endless string of pick-up joints, the city also hosts some incredible nightclubs including Club Insanity on Sukhumvit Soi 11 and the massively popular Route 66 nightclub on Royal City Avenue, both of which rarely disappoint single male travelers.
FURTHER INFO – Lonely Planetback to menu ↑
Amsterdam – Holland
One of the first things that comes to most minds when you mention Holland, is the liberal and friendly society, so it’s no shock that so many single guys love it here.
While parts of the city feel risky and a little seedy, Amsterdam is an extremely safe city and a whole heap of fun. Probably the most famous part of the city is the Red Light District. This area is just as much a tourist attraction as the Statue of Liberty in New York or the Eifell Tower in Paris and a whole lot more interesting to boot.
Even if you forego the paid sex services, the city has heaps of awesome bars, clubs, restaurants and live shows to keep you entertained and if all that’s not enough, how about smoking a little weed in one of the many coffee shops.
Coffee shops are a huge draw for many international tourists with Dutch tourism figures suggesting that 25-30 percent of people who visit Amsterdam indulge in a smoke. Amsterdam has literally hundreds of coffee shops and each one has a different vibe and style. They all sell weed, hash, ready-made joints and often edible marijuana treats, too.
A final note – The beer scene in Amsterdam is also a huge draw for many men, with the city featuring an impressive array of bars/pubs to perfectly cater to just about every drinking preference.
FURTHER INFO – I Amsterdamback to menu ↑
London – U.K
London is an awesome city for guys that prefer more urban adventures. It’s the largest city in the EU (at time of writing) and the largest predominantly English-speaking city in the world after New York City.
The capital of the U.K is packed with enough history and culture to keep any guy busy for weeks (if not months) visiting the sights. And if you have the spare cash, it has some of the world’s finest designer stores around Oxford Street and Carnaby Street.
London is also one of the coolest cities in the world right now. It has thriving fashion, music and theater scenes and also some of the best restaurants in the world. And don’t forget the pubs – there are over 3,500 bars to choose from in the city, each with their own unique charm and atmosphere.
As for the nightlife, London has a wicked selection of clubs, many of which are open-all-night to cater for the thousands of ravers that are always up for a party (no matter what day of the week it may be!)
Clubs open and close all the time in London but at time of writing, some great places to check out are “Xoyo” and “Cargo” in Shoreditch and “Phonox” on Brixton. I personally have partied all over the world and find London is hard to beat in terms of atmosphere and energy. Patrons are very friendly and welcoming and the girls are certainly not backwards in coming forwards!
FURTHER INFO – Visit Londonback to menu ↑
Rio de Janeiro – Brazil
Oh man! Brazil is truly a single guys nirvana. With stunning beaches, “off the hook” nightlife and some of the most beautiful women on the planet, Rio has everything a male solo traveler could wish for!
Also known as the Marvelous City, Rio is Brazil’s most popular city. One of its huge attractions is its all-year-round tropical climate.
The city of Rio just oozes energy and life which builds to a crescendo during Carnival. First held in 1723, Carnival sees around 2 million people involved in the five-day party.
One of the biggest draws for Rio is its famous beaches including Ipanema and Copacabana. Another famous sight is the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain (which you can visit by cable-car) but the primary reason single guys flock here is the epic nightlife.
Always welcoming, the Brazilian people have a zest for life and nowhere is it more apparent than in the bars and clubs of Rio. A great place to check out if you get the chance is Circo Voador, a nightclub that features some of the top Brazilian musicians and sometimes global DJs and musicians. Circo Voador found in the district of Lapa.
Lapa continues to be a focal point of most of the after-dark fun with a plethora of bars and restaurants to cater for every taste. Be warned though, Lapa can get pretty sleazy late at night with a ton of street-walkers (many of which are actually ladyboys).
FURTHER INFO – Wikitravelback to menu ↑
Las Vegas – U.S.A
Of course, Vegas had to be on this list of the best places for men to travel alone. A long-time favorite for bachelor parties, Las Vegas is best known for its raucous nightlife, mega-casinos, and exotic-dancing bars.
Las Vegas is home to some of the best hotels in the world including the Aria, Bellagio, and MGM Grand Hotel. It also has some of the finest eateries such as Estiatorio Milos, Cut, and Bardot Brasserie.
Of course, it isn’t called “Sin City” for nothing! It’s an easy to place to get into trouble but that’s just part of its charm. People come to Vegas to let loose and party hard. From the moment you land Nevada’s Mojave Desert, it’s time to “party-like-a-rock-star” and only stop when the money runs out.
There are day parties, pool parties, concerts, sporting events, shows and so on so don’t plan to sleep much while in town. And when the sun goes down everyone comes out to play. This usually culminates with a visit to one of the incredible nightclubs such as XS at the Wynn Encore and 1OAK at The Mirage.
FURTHER INFO – Tripadvisorback to menu ↑
Goa – India
You probably didn’t expect to see India in our list of cool places for single guys but it’s a real “diamond in the rough!”
Goa is a state on the west coast of India and it has been a travelers’ favorite for decades. Geographically, Goa’s 50 + beaches cover about 78 miles of its coastline starting with Polem beach in the South and finishing at Querim beach in the North.
Goa has a little bit of everything. There’s plenty of water-sports if you’re the active type and there’s plenty of wild drug-fueled parties if you’re a bit of a night-owl. Prices are ridiculously cheap with beers costing not much more than a dollar or two on average.
Single guys can meet other travelers very easily in Goa as most visitors are very chilled out! There is an abundance of marijuana and party drugs which go hand-in-hand with the trance music so often played on the sound-systems of Goan bars and outdoor parties.
Single guys can’t fail to fall in love with the tropical beaches. There are tons of water-sports on offer including jet skis, banana boats, para-gliding etc but the main attraction on the beaches is the parties, which are often headlined by popular DJ’s from India and beyond.
FURTHER INFO – Lonely Planetback to menu ↑
Mykonos – Greece
If you’re looking for a hedonistic party destination in Europe, Mykonos is similar to Ibiza in many ways but a whole lot cheaper.
Known as a “playground for adults” this famous cosmopolitan island in Greece is renowned for drinking, dancing, getting laid and generally having a wild and carefree time. Mykonos gets more than its fair share of party animals (some of whom can be seen dancing naked without a care in the world on the naturist beaches of the island).
Dancing usually kicks off around mid-afternoon on the pristine beaches and then moves to the clubs. Things don’t quiet down until the sun comes up, at which point it’s a matter of finding a hot girl and heading back to your hotel for a while and then repeating the whole process again!
The season runs from June to September but the best time to visit is in August, as this is when there are the most visitors to the island. It’s pretty wild during this month with a mix of celebrities, students, bachelor parties and revelers from all over the world.
If you should need a break from the craziness, there are lots of watersports available. There’s surfing, sailing, windsurfing and paragliding. And if you just need to unwind, Mykonos has a total of 25 sugar-white sand beaches that are justifiably the island’s biggest attraction.
There’s also an awesome dining scene in Mykonos Town – here you’ll find some amazing fusion restaurants, traditional tavernas and plenty of fast food joints.
FURTHER INFO – Lonely Planetback to menu ↑
Bali – Indonesia
Despite what you may have heard, there are still untouched corners of the magnificent island of Bali.
For single dudes that just want to hook up and get down, Kuta is the place to head for. When staying in or close to Kuta, you’ll soon get into the rhythm of the place – eat, drink, rave, sleep, and then repeat for as long as your body can keep up!
There are more bars than you can handle and each one has its own atmosphere and vibe. If you’re looking for loud and late drinking places, you should head to the streets around Poppies I and II but if you’re after something a little bit more upmarket, there are some spectacular clubs including Potato Head and Ku De Ta a short taxi ride away.
If you’re after a tripped-out holiday, you may be interested to hear that there are local Balinese magic mushrooms available in a few bars on the island. Just keep an eye out for the signs which usually advertise “space-shakes” or “mushroom-shakes” on billboards outside.
The rainy season in Bali goes from October until March so it’s best avoided around this time. The best time to find cheap flights is between September and December but the most fun is to be had during the dry season which runs from April through October.
A final note is that Bali is also one of the best places in the world to learn how to surf, so grab a board and your best swim-shorts and enjoy this tropical paradise.
FURTHER INFO – BALI-INDONESIA.COM
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