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The Best Places to Travel: 2024 Edition

A mountain top view outside of Oaxaca, Mexico.

While we’re generally thrilled to head just about anywhere, anytime, we’re particularly ecstatic about the new year and our travels ahead. To get our planning into top gear, we've picked 6 of the world's best places to travel in 2024.

We’re talking about hitting the NEXT big spots, the go-to destinations explored by travelers who are truly in the know.

What do they have in common?

Well, they all share a common thread of rich tradition, awe-inspiring natural beauty, and an unmistakable energy that's hard to replicate and harder to put into words. From ancient rituals and local festivals to breathtaking landscapes and bustling cityscapes, these remarkable places have so much to offer.

We can't wait to visit, and we hope you'll come along for the ride.

The World's Best Destinations for 2024


Tokyo's bars lit up at night.

Where do we even start with Japan? From the non-stop neon action of Tokyo, with its hidden izakayas, incredible city skyline, and famous landmarks (there's even an Eiffel Tower), to Kyoto and its endless array of ancient temples, there's never a dull moment in this Asian must-visit.

There's so much to see; we could live a lifetime here. Unfortunately, we just don't have that kind of time. And that's exactly why we've curated a 9-day itinerary of the very best Japan's got to offer.

We're talking about the markets, parks, and beautiful madness of Tokyo, the Zen shrines of Kyoto, the history of Hiroshima, and the off-the-beaten-path charming towns and seaside beauty of the Ise Peninsula.

And that's not even getting started on the local cuisine and the vibrant food scene. This is one all-encompassing itinerary of Japan's heavy hitters.

Northern Spain & Basque Country

Pintxos in the Basque Country.

This region checks all our boxes for an eight-day getaway. Its stunning coastal landscapes, mouthwatering Spanish and French cuisine, and abundant sunshine make it the perfect destination for those seeking a remote and off-the-beaten-path adventure extraordinaire.

Home to the world's highest concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants per capita, you'll be treated to a culinary journey like no other. From the moment you arrive, you'll indulge in the region's gastronomic delights, savoring every bite and discovering new flavors to tantalize those taste buds.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant dining scene of San Sebastián and experience the rich pintxo culture in Bilbao. As you explore these charming cities, you'll soon realize that few things compare to the joy of sharing a meal with welcoming locals and your fellow travel companions.


Pink sand beaches in Crete

The less visited gem of the Greek islands, Crete is a treat that just won't quit. We're talking beautiful white sand beaches, dramatic mountains, rich history, wine that makes you want to become a sommelier, and food that makes you question why you don't live there.

The FTLO Cretan experience is an immersive, educational adventure well beyond the tourist crowds; you'll leave invested in learning more about everything from the ancient Minoan civilization to the eye-catching pink sand beaches of Elafonisi.

With ancient history and culture around every turn, stunning scenery waiting to be explored, and unspoiled beaches galore, this one's for travelers looking for a bit more magic next year: the adventure seekers and the beach lovers.

Throw in old town wonders and the freshest olive oil and creamiest goat cheese you've ever had, and well, it's one tough destination to beat.


Historic architecture in Oaxaca

Nestled in the south of Mexico, you'll encounter world-class cuisine that goes hand in hand with old-world charm. This is both a cultural hub and one of the world's best destinations for history buffs. Colorful buildings line the city's streets, giving off a warm, inviting vibe with lively celebrations and food festivals throughout the year.

Our Oaxacan adventure is organic, real, and intimate. The whole region is known as a foodie's paradise, and that means we'll try dish after dish, savor signature moles, and even cook alongside a local family.

You'll also be led through historical sites like the 2500-year-old ancient ruins of Monte Albán (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) by our archaeologist guide and head out on your own to discover the natural wonder of the Hierve el Agua rock formations.

A year-round destination, Oaxaca is for nature lovers, foodies, and those looking to ditch the most popular destinations in exchange for something a bit more meaningful.


Sardinia's colorful seaside cities.

There's more to Italy than the marvelous mainland. Queue up Sardinia—this Mediterranean wonder is home to untamed, beautiful beaches, historical alleyways, and wine that can go toe to toe with the most famous blends of our beloved Tuscany.

Cruise the coast, crisscross the capital city of Cagliari, dive into the ancient past, and get a taste of Italian paradise. You'll even hit up the white powder sand of Alghero before you sail out on glassy seas aboard a private boat with friends.

This is one for fans of outdoor adventures, natural wonders, and traditional cuisine from the land and sea.


Slovenia's off the beaten path, historic beauty.

Slovenia’s fairytale hills, epic hiking trails, and crystal-clear lakes are a nature lover’s dream.

We curated FTLO Slovenia for those who are outdoor enthusiasts but also enjoy a little wine. You'll spend eight days and seven nights twisting between the Julian Alps in the northwest and the lush green ridges of the wine regions in the east.

Along the way, you’ll wander the charming cobblestone streets of Maribor and hike out into the rolling countryside. After a beer in Bled, you’ll hit the hills on your way to the rapids and waterfalls of the Radovna River.

Explore with FTLO in 2024

If you're a polyglot, map-pinner, or world explorer, these incredible destinations are the must-sees to conquer that wanderlust.

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From lush rainforests to hot springs, European fine dining, or world-famous open-air markets, we explore it all, and we hope you'll come along for the ride.


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