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Hi! I'm Elena! Welcome to my travel blog Creativelena.com.
For me, it is all about “life-seeing instead of sightseeing”: Join me as I create, eat & live my way around the world. Curious?

*Check out my book, “The Creative Traveler’s Handbook”, for learning more about what we mean by creative travel. Travelling means the world to me, makes me fit for everday life and sometimes, I trust, also calmer on the inside. Read this blog with a smile, share what you love and remember to check back regularly: After all, when was the last time you did something for the first time?

#CreativElenaRTW: Round the world the culinary-creative way. Of Book Projects & Life Dreams!

Everyone has them. Everyone knows them. Everyone loves them. And this time, I am asking you: What is YOUR life dream?

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Today, I will tell you mine. Where it came from, where it will lead me and … my thoughts and feelings connected to it. Pretty much all at once. And yet worth reading. For those who have the courage to follow their destiny, to make things happen and to inspire other people in the process are the true, wise heroes of our times – at least in my point of view. My anticipation about this big project at hand joins up with the inner peace that lets me know, for example, that the bank account is only a means to an end. That the individual experience in life always outweighs the many possessions we might have. That rather than materialistic wealth, we should base ourselves on the many positive connections we make with other human beings, for this is the only true capital we will ever be able to achieve by sharing & multiplying it at the same time. And so, here I am.

 

Three years ago, I have already been on a round the world trip. For almost ten years, I have dedicated a big part of my professional & private life to “my” area of expertise, “Creative Travel”. Forever, I have dreamed about writing a book. And now …

… the time has come. Because the best moment to do anything is always now! And who would know this better than you, dear Ursula, full of life force, inspiration and passion for travelling, for blogging and for the Burgenland, who unfortunately had to leave us all too soon? It is really important what we decide, say or do, each day. And so, I tell you now: World Travel Life Dream it is! 😀

New Zealand, the love of my life in terms of travel destinations.

New Zealand, the love of my life in terms of travel destinations. It is here that I lived for one and a half years, assisting with the international development of Creative Tourism New Zealand, as well as travelling the entire country in the most spectacular and breathtaking way. This time, too, I will visit the “Land Of The Long White Cloud”, Aotearoa New Zealand! Oh, happiness.!

 

The stages of my trip are as amazing as they are impressive; each one of them on its own right. In the selection and research, I was guided by the major destinations of the International Creative Tourism Network to devote myself to the central task of my reporting as a travel blogger and aspiring book author: What is Creative Tourism“? Where in the world can you experience this form of interactive culture travel? How is creative travel organized, distributed and marketed? What are the key messages in travelling ” the creative way”? Who is creative travel for? What advice can I give as a travel expert with many years of experience in international tourism management and as a long-term creative traveller myself?

My book on Creative Travel, which is due to appear in 2015, aims to provide answers to these very practical, hands-on questions addressing the international travel community. I am particularly pleased that the topic has already been quoted several times by such well-known international authors as Janett Schindler (“Teilzeitreisender”), Janice Waugh (Solo Traveler) or Sarah & Terry Lee (Live ShareTravel):

 

#CreativElenaRTW: From 3 November, 2014 to 9 February, 2015, follow me as I travel in five different continents, climate zones and many more cultures around the world.

If I count the individual destinations of my creative round the world trip, I still cannot quite believe it. This much however is certain: Embarking on this journey will once again change me in a most exciting way. Time & context. The people I meet, the connections we make, the insights we will all gain for the benefit of the wider community. True to myself, I plan to travel “the culinary-creative way. To me as a cosmopolitan, open-minded Earth citizen, this means showing respect, and curiosity for the culture of the people I meet in every place, to actively approach them, to learn from them and to increase everyone’s knowledge and understanding in the process. I am lucky enough to be in touch with professional stakeholders in each one of the destinations I am travelling to, who have already shown support in the preparation of my trip. So here it is, then!

 

So. Now you know about it all.

#CreativElenaRTW CreativElena Round The World“: This is the international hashtag / keyword I will be using for linking all posts here on my travel blog and through Social Media to keep you updated on my creative travels & experiences around the world. Enough material to fill many possible travel books, I guess. And if at some stage I fail to be inspired of anything more, I will just let the travel riches of the past ten years float by and allow myself to become inspired by my own, inherent passion for creative journeys wherever I go. :D

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Written by Elena

Elena writes about creative destinations, shares her personal travel stories and brings inspiring photography & interesting news updates home to you. Her mission is: "Continue to be amazed at this world, one creative travel experience at a time."

Ready for learning even more about creative travel?

Elena has recently published "The Creative Traveler's Handbook". Chock full of inspiratinal stories, travel tips and advice, it offers everything you need for planning and managing your next creative escape, addressing beginners and experienced travelers alike. Here's how to get your hands on it now!
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2 Comments

  1. Christina

    We are already excited about your creative and culinary trip around the world. Hope you have fun, take care and bring back awesome memories and lots of inspiration for your book.

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    • Elena

      Dear Christina,

      Thank you so much for your feedback and support !!! I am sure the trip will be amazing, and I look forward to sharing the inspiration I will gather through my travel blog & book project. So excited !!! 😉

      Reply

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