When it comes to talking about the hotness of the local population, male travelers tend to take the lead.
I can't tell you how often I have been surrounded in a hostel by male backpackers just going on and on about the women they see on the streets.
Fair enough, there are plenty of countries with insanely beautiful women (like Colombia), but this post is not about that.
Instead, I'd like to talk about the destinations making women weak in the knees.
These are the places where women dream of being asked on a date, invited to watch a sunset, or whisked away on a summer fling.
Ladies, this post is for you. Here are five destinations around the world swarming with hot guys!
1. Pacific Islands
When you think of men with a Pacific island background, you might conjure up thoughts of the Rock.
Known for their muscle-laden bodies, tall stature, dark skin, and eyes, these men are dreamy the world around.
From Samoa to Polynesia and even New Zealand, the islands lying in the South Pacific Ocean are a goldmine for male eye candy.
Andi Perullo even commented on the men of Easter Island, saying, “I have never seen in such an abundance so many tall, dark, buff (and I mean buff), exotic, sexy men before!”
Related: How to Island Hop in the South Pacific
2. The Balkans
The countries of the Balkans spring to mind simply for their somewhat chiseled and muscular built men.
In direct contrast to the men of Italy and Spain, for example — the ones that might spend more time on their appearance than a typical woman — these Balkan men are natural and masculine.
Balkan countries include Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Greece.
3. Western Europe
I found this hard to compose a list of only five areas, mainly since so many countries of Western Europe could be found on it.
Western European men are often considered quite hot by the ladies, and it makes sense when you think about Italy, France, Spain, Germany, and the Netherlands (to name a few!).
You've got your uber-romantic dark, slick Italians, and you've also got the French men that exude passion on all levels.
The Germans and the Dutch are a bit more subdued, but there are those tall, well-dressed, and intelligent men that are swoon-worthy.
Like the islander men above, Brazilian men are known for being tall, buff, and handsome.
Only these South American hotties also have the Latin flair, and that Latino confidence can be a major attraction for women.
You might also associate the Brazilian man with loving the beach, loving sports (soccer and capoeira come to mind), and some tight swimwear.
Of course, you could add Argentinian, Colombian and Chilean men to the South American hot mix, but it does seem that Brazil gets the most attention by traveling females.
Related: Colombia Nightlife and Dating
For as long as I can remember, Australian men have been an attractive bunch to me, and obviously, I finally succumbed to temptation and partnered up with an Aussie man of my own.
Maybe it's their blokey nature, the laid-back attitude, or just that incredible accent that draws us in.
For some, it's the stereotypical blond-haired and fit surfers, and for others, it's the outdoors-loving rugby types.
And, it also helps that famous hotties like Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe are such captivating specimens from Down Under.
These are just some of the many destinations for hot guys around the world.
Brooke lives a thrifty lifestyle so that she can travel the world at every possible opportunity. Find more of her writing on her website: Her Packing List. Or follow her on Twitter.
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Monday 22nd of August 2016
I love how Eurocentric (aside from that token Pacific Islands reference) this list is. Tired of White guys being the only attractive men in the world to so many lame people. Get on it. There are gorgeous men everywhere. Stop being so casually racist and dismissive of guys that are not white. Thanks!
Saturday 2nd of August 2014
The BALKANS! Hand down. Best looking. Most handsome people on the planet, consistently.
Lisa Imogen Eldridge
Wednesday 29th of January 2014
Love your list but you're missing the French and Italian - the most romantic accents. I must admit, I can't wait to go to Brazil now :)
Sunday 22nd of September 2013
Just a little historical-geographic clarification: The Balkan Peninsula is named for the Balkan Mountains in Central BULGARIA, which makes Bulgaria the "MOST BALKAN" nation. I am the American descendant of Bulgarians from Aegean Macedonia (today in Greece) and from Pirot (in modern Eastern Serbia). All of my ancestors have been self-identifying during the 20th and 19th centuries --- as far as I know from my genealogical and ethnogenetical research --- not as Serbs, Greeks, or "Macedonians" but as BULGARIANS. The BULGARIANS are divided into three major ethnographic groups: Macedonians, Thracians, and Moesians --- depending on the Balkan subregion that they reside in. To call a Macedonian BULGARIAN a Serb or a Greek, or worse, an "ethnic Macedonian," is comparable to calling a Martian a Venusian. / LOL !/ There is a proverb in Bulgaria, "The MOST BULGARIAN of all Bulgarians are the Macedonians (i.e., Bulgarians from the region of Macedonia)!" Similarly, there used to be a proverb until 1945, "The MOST GERMAN of all Germans are the Prussians (i.e., Prussian Germans)." Today, the region of Prussia (Preussen) is within the confines of Poland and the Kaliningrad (Konigsberg) province of Russia, while the Balkan region of Macedonia is split between Greece, FYROM-Skopje, Bulgaria, and Albania. BTW, I do not mean to be contumelious or to pontificate, but simply to emphasize a few cardinal facts about the Bulgarians and Bulgaria, which --- having being founded between 632 and 681 --- is one of the oldest European nations in existence today. Thank you for your consideration!
Tuesday 11th of March 2014
You are getting annoying with Bulgaria and macedonia.Nobody give a fuck here who are "most balkan" nation and who is ethnic bulgarians !
Sunday 7th of July 2013
As a gay man who has traveled to over 50+ countries around the world , I can honestly say the most handsome men I have ever seen in my life are in the following countries...
1. The Levant region of the Arab world - LEBANON/SYRIA- Descendants of the Crusaders, they are a mix of Arabic & Italian, with some French influence as well. I don't know what happend to the gene pool with the Arabs, Greeks, Italians, etc. but levantine arabs both men and women are drop dead gorgeous, especially the Lebanese.
2. Portugal- Portuguese men are very handsome, very sexy and stylish. 2 words: Cristian Rinaldo.
3. Argentina-Stunning men, mix of European cultures and Spanish influence, the best looking men in South America
4. Sweden- Swedish men should all be Hugo Boss models, very handsome and chiseled faces.
5. Turkey- Turkish men are very handsome, some blonde/blue eyed like Scandinavians and some rugged middle eastern looking, they are very masculine and more handsome than Greeks.
6. USA- NYC and LA - these 2 cities alone have more handsome men than entire countries. All ethnicities, Asian, White, Black, Hispanic, etc.
7. Brazil - Handsome Soccer Players, very handsome like Argentina
8. Iran- Some of the best looking middle eastern men, its a shame the government is so horrible in Iran.
9. Czech Republic- in former Czechoslovakia, I went to both Czech Republic and Slovakia, did not see one ugly guy or girl there.
10. Australia- Very handsome men in Australia, especially Melbourne.
The former Yugoslavia - The Men from Bosnia/Croatia/Serbia are all very handsome, many player Water Polo and are extremely well built and handsome.
Chile- The men in Santiago Chile are stunning, some are so hot they could even give the Brazilians and Argentinians a run for their money.
Italy- people love Italian food, culture and mobster movies..but Italians aren't all that. Seriously, go across the Adriatic sea and you will see more your fair share of drop dead gorgeous men in Croatia/Bosnia/Serbia.
France- Paris may be the city of love, but there aren't many hot guys to fall in love with in France. Sorry, but its the truth.
Monday 8th of July 2013
Thanks for sharing your top 10 list Armando :)