Even for men, who often face reduced security risks and less-complicated cultural protocols abroad, solo travel can be daunting. For the intrepid, however, solo travel may be a fun and rewarding experience. Big cities, resort vacations, educational travel and adventure tourism provide solo male travelers with a lot of opportunities to meet fellow travelers or simply enjoy a bit of time alone.
Big cities are places in which you'll never feel alone. Even solo travelers likely will find companionship at a hotel, hostel, bar, restaurant or even at a crowded intersection. With male travelers in mind, Business Insider published a list of the top 15 cities for single male travelers, taking male-centric criteria such as the cost of a beer, the percentage of single female population, nightlife options and sporting events into account. While the list is by no means definitive and the world is full of exciting big cities, the top three are Miami, Buenos Aires and Barcelona.
Take an Adventure
Kick caution to the curb and embark on a great adventure to some of the most remote corners on Earth. In addition to beautiful untouched scenery, unique personal experiences and some great exercise, adventure excursions often are organized in trekking or travel groups, allowing you to choose between campfire chats or some quality time to yourself. Some options include African safaris to sites such as Victoria Falls, trekking along the Tibetan Himalayas or a trip to the still largely unexcavated and massive Mayan site of El Mirador in the northern jungles of Guatemala.
Take a Break
For male travelers looking for a luxurious break, a resort vacation offers all the relaxation and pampering you would expect from a resort along with opportunities to meet fellow travelers in resort bars, restaurants and spas. For an especially extravagant escape, the Rosewood Mayakoba on Mexico's Riviera Maya, the Amankila in Bali, and the Jumby Bay Resort in Antigua and Barbuda top Conde Nast Traveler's 2014 Gold List for the world's best beach hotels.
With the increasing popularity of educational and volunteer vacations, some tour groups offer solo travelers the opportunity to see a new place and meet new people through classroom activities and structured group events. For the socially conscious, Frommer's recommends booking a trip through organizations such as Earthwatch or Global Volunteers -- both offer a number of international trips focusing on urgent local educational, environmental and social needs. For a learning trip, Frommer's also recommends the North Carolina arts and crafts learning center at the Penland School or open summer courses at Oxford University.