You wouldn't be here if you weren't curious.*
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?
Algarve in winter: Travel tips for visiting Loulé, Tavira & Sagres (with baby).
The Algarve in Portugal. What comes to your mind? Summer, sun, beaches, golf and likely, mass tourism? Luckily, I can assure you that the Algarve is far better than its beach tourism reputation, and that you may also find some quiet corners and precious gems of nature (and culture) here. First of all, it’s definitely easier if, […]
Travel Tip Portugal: Why Évora is worth the visit from Lisbon.
“Évora is, in my eyes, the most beautiful town in Portugal”, says Beatriz, as we meet her and her husband André in Lisbon. Évora, haven’t I been there before, I’m thinking. And remembering that yes: Back in spring 2015, I have been hosted on a foodie trip through Portugal’s Alentejo region, including a stop in Évora. […]
Creative Culinary Travel Tips in & around Porto
Porto. No longer do I feel like a visitor there. Rather, like a “temporary citizen“. “Bem-vinda em casa, Elena!”, my Portuguese friends call out to me and welcome me home in their typical, heartfelt hospitality. If, like me, you care for the country and its people, even learn (some of) the language, you stand to […]
Women Walking The Way: Insights & Inspiration from the Portuguese Camino.
“It’s a kind of magic …” Magic. Magic! Well yes, walking the Camino is full of magic. And partly so, because it is a Women’s Way. At least 80% (that’s four out of five pilgrims we met on the Way) are women. From groups of friends, to couples, to female solo travellers and our accommodation hosts along […]
Porto’s High End: Luxury Travel Tips from Portugal.
I have told you about my many love affairs with Porto. I have told you about its beautiful people, hidden spots and magic sunsets. I have told you about its delightful food, splendid wine markets and why Porto should even be considered Europe’s next foodie capital. I have shared with you, my top ten travel tips for eating, […]