Bradley Schnickel Discusses How to Travel (Well) on a Budget

Bradley Schnickel

January 26, 2021

Bradley Schnickel is an experienced travel advisor working and living in Minneapolis, MN. He is well known in his community for helping to broker some of the most value-laden and affordable yet high-quality excursions both domestic and abroad. Many of his recurring clients count on him to do their bookings, make travel arrangements, and provide information concerning attractions, weather, and travel requirements – trusting Bradley to deliver great value and a great experience.

We wanted to know what kinds of recommendations a travel expert like Bradley Schnickel might provide. To our delight, Bradley gave us some interesting and useful tips on getting the most out of your travel experience, even if you’re working with a tight budget. Here’s what we learned.

Bradley Schnickel on How to Travel Well on a Budget

The beautiful thing about traveling, Bradley Schnickel explains, is that the basic form of it (walking) can be done for free. What’s more, no matter how beautiful your surroundings, taking it all in and making memories is, again, free. That means, no matter where you are in the world, getting the most out of your travel adventure is all about taking time to slow down and smell the roses.

1. Plan Your Trip During Off-Peak Season

Because people will pay more to travel during peak travel season, airlines will charge more. With a little creativity, you can save several hundred dollars to travel in the off-peak season. Pocket the money you save or use it to make your vacation go farther!

2. Seek Out Hostels

Plan ahead by looking for hostels in the area you intend to travel to. Some may be unsavory, so you want to avoid those. But most are quite nice and even charming and romantic. Best of all they are generally a fraction of the cost of a hotel.

3. Take Free Classes

Many hostels offer free classes that will give you the chance to meet some of the locals, spend time on the beach, or just learn something new. Best of all, it’s free, and you won’t come home empty-handed.

4. Don’t Forget the Continental Breakfast

Most hostels offer free food. Take advantage. Eat with your fellow travelers. You might even get a hot tip on a local attraction that’s cheap or free.

5. Take the Road Less Traveled by

Rather than visiting locations that your neighbors almost certainly have in their vacation scrapbooks, go for the unusual. Explore the street beyond that alluring archway. Walk down that long stretch of beach. Take photos. Get lost. Meet people. You never know what unique experiences may come your way.

6. Book in Advance

Whether you travel during peak season or not, you can save money on your ticket by booking ahead of time. Also, consider traveling by train instead of air.

Bradley Schnickel says just the first and last tips alone can save you a month’s wages. But everything in between will really make your savings last.