Travel Often, Spend Less.

Susan and I are excited to introduce WTM’s new travel blog Adrift! The purpose of the addition is to have a separate blog where we can write trip reports, transparent budget information, trip suggestions and our personal stories from our travels.

To find Adrift, simply click on the Adrift page tab on the Well Traveled Mile’s header.

Adrift Blog

As you already know booking flights and hotels with points is our favorite way to save money whenever we’re going on a trip. We recently came back from a spending over a month abroad in Turkey, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and France and we turned what would normally cost $20k into a $3k trip.

We saw some of the most beautiful places in the world, hiked the tallest peak in Montenegro, swam under waterfalls and in the bluest waters in Europe, and drove on some crazy one lane Montenegrin roads!

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Susan at Plitvice Lakes, Croatia


Getting ready for a hike up to Bobotuv Kut in
Montenegro’s Durmitor National Forest

We consider traveling as a lifestyle, and that you should be able to do it without breaking the bank. Our philosophy for traveling: do it often, do it well and don’t spend a lot doing it.  Even with graduate school and work, we make time to live by that motto and want to show how it can be done. On all of our trips we have to be practical so that we don’t go past a certain budget (which is not a lot) and booking a large portion of the costs with points and miles it makes this much more attainable.

Driving through Montenegro's Biogradska Gora

Driving through Montenegro’s Biogradska Gora


Sun Salutation installation in Zadar, Croatia that becomes a light show in the evening.

I have many friends that don’t understand or can’t believe that I travel the way that I do. That’s why everything about our trips on Adrift is going to be transparent–from points used, to cash spent. The goal is to show how its possible to travel frequently (and well) on very little. There are nights we slept in hostels, amazing bed and breakfasts and $650 a night suites with a sea view. The bottomline is that we are practical travelers, and that means making compromises with either or plan or our budget. Even though we love kicking back in 4 star hotel lounges, champagne and free breakfast, we’re totally okay with griming it up for a few nights if it means we can have awesome adventures.

Having tea on our hostel's terrace in Kas, Turkey with a view of the sea.

Having tea on our hostel’s terrace in Kas, Turkey with a view of the sea.

Take a look at some of our newest posts on Adrift:

Exploring the Balkans Part One: Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Perks of Traveling as a Dual Citizen

Pablo’s Three C’s of Traveling


If you have any comments or suggestions please share them with us!Thank you for reading and we hope that you enjoy Adrift!


About the author

Rand Shoaf

Introduced to traveling at a young age, Rand has since traveled to over 45 countries. Learning how to maximize credit card sign-up bonuses in college has allowed him to earn millions of travel miles and points. Using the same tips and tricks he writes about here has ultimately allowed him to explore the word for pennies on the dollar.