Brian Biros, The Points Guy

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Past articles by Brian:

5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Study Abroad Experience

If you're a student, here are five tips to make sure you don't miss out on the study abroad experience. And, if you're a parent, consider encouraging your child to prioritize travel as part of their academic career. → Read More

Pack These 6 Things to Be a More Eco-Friendly Traveler

If you'd like to help protect the planet that you enjoy exploring, considering packing these eco-friendly items. → Read More

6 Mistakes Travelers Make When Buying Their First Backpack

Buying a good backpack could be your most important purchase before a big trip. Be sure to avoid these common mistakes. → Read More

How to Be a Thoughtful Global Traveler

A little effort can go a long way to improving that perception. → Read More

Why You Shouldn't Be Scared of Wild Animals

Sharks, snakes, spiders and alligators are enough to keep some people from traveling. Here are some statistics and reasons those fears are irrational. → Read More

How to Know if You Need Vaccinations for Your Next International Trip

Knowing if vaccinations are needed for travel can be a complicated process, but the right consultations can make the process much easier → Read More

Where to Travel to See Active Volcanoes

There are plenty of great destinations around the globe for travelers seeking volcanic activity more intense than steaming vents. → Read More

Why You Shouldn't Overlook Hawaii's Big Island

Hawaii's Big Island is most famous for its active volcano, but the island has much more to offer than molten rock. → Read More

5 Books to Inspire Your Next Backpacking Adventure

These books will inspire you to escape the grind for a backpacking adventure and show you it's easier and cheaper than you think. → Read More

Tips for Getting Expert Help When Planning Your Next Trip

Many requests for travel tips go unanswered. However, if you follow these guidelines, you'll have a much higher success rate of getting a response. → Read More

Miles Away Episode 23: Backpacker Q&A Take Over

From long-haul economy survival to military packing hacks to the best time to buy flights, Brian Biros is guest hosting the Miles Away podcast to show you how to stretch every point and dollar. → Read More

5 Peaks You Can Climb Without Waiting in Line on Mount Everest

Climbing Mount Everest has become a new bucket list item for the ultra-rich, leaving the path dangerously overcrowded with unqualified climbers and resulting in several deaths. The world is filled with gorgeous peaks with no need to wait in line or risk killing yourself to see them. → Read More

8 Survival Tips for Wilderness Hikes

Amanada Eller survived for 17 days in the wilderness after getting lost during a short hike. Here are some survival tips to remember so the same won't happen to you. → Read More

How to Maximize the Job Perk That Lets Employees Travel at No Extra Cost

Alternate weekend travel allows employees to add personal travel to work trips, but the perk is underutilized. Read my guide for how to get the most value from weekend travel. → Read More

The Job Perk That Lets Employees Travel Where They Want for Free

Alternate Weekend Travel is a policy adopted by many consulting companies that allows their employees to take personal weekend trips on the company dime. → Read More

6 Tips for Meeting People When Traveling Solo

It's possible to forge deep connections while traveling the world alone. Here are six tips for meeting people everywhere in the world you go. → Read More

The 5 Best Credit Cards for Backpackers

These credit cards will maximize earning on typical backpacking expenses and come with a slew of useful perks while not charging foreign transaction fees. → Read More

Slovenia Just Opened a 186-Mile Hiking Trail With Stunning Views of the Julian Alps

This summer, serious hikers should consider Slovenia's new Julian Alps Hiking Trail. → Read More

Tips for Avoiding Crowds at the World's Most Famous Tourist Destinations

The main problem with seeing the most popular tourist sites in the world is that everyone else is there to see them to. Learn these tips to keep the crowds from ruining your experience. → Read More

Destinations to See Before They're Ruined by Mass Tourism

Get to these lesser known spots before major tourism arrives. → Read More