Count Thrillist among the latest information companies to enter the guided tour arena.

Joining the ranks of the Los Angeles Times, Travel + Leisure, National Geographic and others, Thrillist announced earlier this month it will be teaming up with For the Love of Travel, “a small start-up company that curates group trips—the kind you actually want to go on.”

Los Angeles-based FTLO Travel was founded about two years ago, with the intention of infusing travel with the same principles that fuel the wildly popular “slow food” movement.

The company first introduced a Weekender Series, where participants could sign up for Friday-to-Sunday itineraries within 200 miles of their home or current location.

But, to quote Thrillist, “They’ve gone on to make a name for themselves with incredibly cool international travel packages, which last a week or more…”

FTLO has picked up its share of accolades, including features in Self, Bazaar and Shape magazines.

“…They put together groups of compatible millennial jetsetters and then handle all of the major details, leaving travelers more time to discover, connect, and have fun,” enthused the Huffington Post.

While the weekend trips have given way to longer, more in-depth itineraries, Thrillist is helping re-introduce interest in shorter-hop vacations. Currently, three-day itineraries are available for residents of Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle, but Thrillist promises more itineraries are in the works.

What’s more, Thrillist’s team of experienced writers and editors are helping ferret out the really cool “insidery, under-the-radar spots” in each destination, so the itineraries don’t feel exactly the same as everything else on the market.

The trips cost $699 each, which does not include transportation to the destination. But once you’re there, you’ll meet like-minded travelers and get a whole new travel experience.


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