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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?

Welcome to “CreativElena”!

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Creativity is my passion – not only when travelling. I have started writing stories as early as primary school, and have naturally moved on to chronicling our family travel adventures in early travel diaries (there where no blogs back then 😉 ). After spending an entire year of living abroad in London, I just knew that travel and meeting people from all over the world would not only continue to be my passion, but also my life.

Kreativ Reisen mit Künstlern aus Porto Alegre, Brasilien, im Sommer 2014.

Creative travel pictures with artists form Porto Alegre, Brazil, taken during the summer of 2014.

 

After successfully finishing my master’s degree in international tourism management studies, complete with high-profile internships in both Madrid and Paris, I decided to move to New Zealand for a start. For well over a year, I immersed myself in the wonderful Kiwi and Maori cultures, to the end of spending an entire summer working as a national park guide there. Two more round the world trips later, I am happy to direct you to my New Zealand travel blog here, telling you all there is to know about cultural travel in one of the most fascinating countries on Earth. Already now, I can’t wait to take my own son and husband back to the “Land of the Long White Cloud”, or Aoteaora, as New Zealand is called by the First Nation Maori people.

 

During all those years of world travelling and becoming my own boss, I always had that one dream: Writing and publishing my own book.

I started this travel blog at virtually the same time as I launched my own business, “CreativElena”, as a PR agency. It has subsequently led me to publishing my first book, and got me round to visiting travel trade shows, network with people from all corners of the world, and gather up “a few more languages” along the way: It’s seven languages I now speak fluently, which does, I admit, make me a little proud. All the more as I have been able to publish my tips and insights into successful language learning in another eBook (available here, however for now, published in German language only).

Since 2015, I have published three books altogether:

 

... die mich gleich mal zu dem einen oder anderen Selbstporträt inklusive meines druckfrischen Buches, "The Creative Traveler's Handbook", veranlasst !!!

Out and about with my first book, “The Creative Traveler’s Handbook”.

 

I just love getting creative and becoming inspired by my trips, by the people I meet and the stories they tell. It’s a gift to be able to share them here with you on my travel blog. The next book (or eBook?) is also already in the making, likely on “Family Travel Tips“, as my young son Liam and my husband Georg have opened up an entire new world for me recently. We have taken Liam on trips with us since he was seven weeks old. On my blog, you can find more about my stories, tips and advice on how to travel with young kids and babies here.

 

As an entrepreneur, I am furthermore happy to assist you in your lectures, speaking gigs, translations and language workshops, cultural tourism projects and content creator campaigns.

Nearing my tenth anniversary of being self-employed, there is virtually no business situation to me that cannot be resolved using a good deal of wit, creativity and hard work (of course). Over all these years, I have researched religious heritage tourism in Greece, written Social Media Guidelines for cultural tourism providers as part of the EuropeTour learning platform, developed countless content creator strategies and campaigns with national and international tourism authorities, done translation and language training work and stood in front of students times and times over so as to talk about the #LifeOfATravelBlogger, professionally speaking. I furthermore teach at the University of Applied Sciences FH Joanneum in Styria, and love to make myself available for guest lectures and seminars at international universities and conferences around the globe.

If you wish to read even more about my “work in progress”, you may head over to my blog section called “Work With Me”. It includes a great many articles on travel insights from all over the world, structured according to:

 

Curious? Reachme@creativelelena.com!

... mein Buch als Unterrichtsmaterial für meine Studentinnen an der FH Joanneum in Bad Gleichenberg einzusetzen ...

 

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10 Comments

  1. MARTHA GARCIA

    Hola Elena te conoci en el Avion de Vienna a Londres ya vi tu Blog me encanto, debe ser un trabajo maravilloso el que haces las fotografias estan muy padres asi decimos en Mexico bonitas, te mando un saludo y un abrazo y estare pendiente de todo lo que estas haciendo escribeme.

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  2. Elena

    Muchas gracias Martha !!

    Igual fue un placer conocerte y espero que sigamos en contacto.

    Many greetings & best wishes to you, cuidate 🙂

    Elena

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  3. António Ferreira

    Olá Helena.

    Estive presente na sessão do Tourism Talks Pro em Coimbra onde tive a excelente oportunidade de a ouvir em Coimbra acerca do seu trabalho.
    Actualmente tenho uma empresa de passeios (tours) turísticos privados pela região do Porto e Douro e gostaríamos de a convidar para um passeio pelas margens do rio Douro passando pelas emblemáticas quintas onde é colhida a uva que dá origem ao tradicional Vinho do Porto.

    Esperamos um feedback seu.

    Melhores cumprimentos.

    António Ferreira

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    • Elena

      Bom dia António,

      Muito obrigada por entrar em contacto comigo! Sento não ter tido o tempo suficiente como para contestar-lhe antes, mas agora que estivesse de volta em seu lindo pais, lembrei a sua mensagem (e a necessidade de contestar o seu lindo convite) 🙂

      Sim, é com muito gosto que aceito a sua proposta: Podemos fazer o planning deste passeio neste mês de novembro (11 ou 12 de novembro, se for possível?) ou se não, no ano que vem (seguro que voltarei a Portugal ..!). O que acha você?

      Também pode mandar-me um email a reachme@creativelena.com para entrar em contacto comigo e combinar todos os detalhes da visita.

      Até logo,

      Elena 🙂

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  4. Diana

    Elena,
    What a great discovery!
    Travelling to see the life in action is just what is needed today )
    Congratulation on nice edition!!
    Do you have any info for South America? We travel there in few days and I will be glad to have some directions in what concerns crafts.

    All the best to you and your book!!
    Diana

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  5. Tassos

    Hello Elena and congrats for your energy, effort and vision…I tried to purchase your book through amazon but they are out of stock!!! Can you tell me another way to get it? Thank you in advance and keep it up!

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  6. André Pereira

    Hello,

    I am reaching you on behalf of Wildiscovery, a Portuguese startup that promotes touristic activities in Portugal. Would you be interested in advertising us?

    Visit us at: https://wildiscovery.com/

    Thank you

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    • Elena

      Boa tarde André,

      Também falo português, assim podemos combinar melhor na tua lingua 😉 Não faço “advertisements” sem conhecer os vossos produtos, só falo aqui das minhas experiências das viagens .. Teria de ser uma cooperação onde tiver a oportunidade de saber mais de vocês directamente, na minha próxima volta a Portugal pode ser!?

      Falamos em breve, espero poder voltar mais tarde neste ano! Obrigada e até já,

      Elena

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