Top 5 Alternative European Destinations (to Avoid the Crowds) with Joseph Reaney

Want to visit some of the less popular but equally epic destinations in Europe?

Joseph Reaney is a freelance travel writer based in the UK and Czech Republic who’s written for Lonely Planet, DK Eyewitness, Fodor’s Travel, National Geographic, and Rough Guides. In addition to his freelance writing, Joe is the founder and editor-in-chief of the travel content writing agency World Words, as well as a jobbing comedy writer/producer/director.

In this episode, Joe and I talk about his life as a travel writer and his favorite alternatives to the more commonly visited places around Europe. He shares about his lifestyle living between cities, his experience taking a gap year to teach English in Nepal, tips for being a hospitable host and guest when couchsurfing, how he unexpectedly became a travel writer without any journalism training, and (of course!) his list of the top five alternative European destinations.

Where would you want to visit first? Do you have your own alternative spot to add to the list? I’d love to hear what they are and hope you’ll share them by sending me an audio message.


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  • Joe’s experience with budget traveling as a teen and what life is like splitting his time between Prague and Edinburgh with his family
  • What he learned from taking a gap year and teaching English in Nepal at a Buddhist monastery
  • Hospitality exchange and Joe’s tips for being a good couchsurfer and host
  • How a trip to North Korea led to a career in travel writing
  • How he makes a living as a writer and insight on scaling a business organically
  • Where to enjoy a river cruise other than on the Danube and underrated mountain ranges in Eastern Europe
  • The best city to visit if you love Prague and want cool alternative vibes
  • Where you can scuba dive amongst WWI wreckage and explore neolithic stone circles
  • The secluded coastal location that’s perfect for a getaway
  • And so much more


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