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?


… combines creativitiy with humour and a healthy appetite for life stories. Travelling since my early childhood to places such as Israel or North America, I started “travel writing” as early as 10 years old. Many travels tales, Couchsurfing experiences, work & study periods later, I started blogging regularly from my first round the world trip in 2011, before launching my own website in 2012.

Favourite travel style of Creativelena? “Food Travel“, “Travel with the Locals” and of course “Creative Travel“: Active, open-minded and in sync with the rhythm of the destination – that’s how I like to travel, that’s what you can read on my travel blog. My articles capture the essence of places I go to, portraying people from all walks of life through inspiring photography, travel tips and stories: A source of inspiration for you, dear readers!

Photography … is another love of a lifetime (thank you, Jacob Schumann for many inspiring years 😉 ). All the photos you can see on this blog are my own: Check out my Flickr Photosharing page for a total of more than 20.000 photographs covering five continents. My Olympus EPL-7 system camera and I have long formed a perfect union: I really appreciate this small, compact yet immensely powerful camera and its light weight on all my trips.

Besides, “Creativelena” also works as a self-employed business consultant, public speaker, language trainer & translator in an international environment. Read more about my projects & references in the project space.

In 2015, I have published my first-ever book, “The Creative Traveler’s Handbook“, a unique guidebook highlighting creative travel as an international trend in cultural travel through many hands-on travel tips & inspiring stories around the globe.

My readers have already voiced their opinion & support in the following way:

“Everything you write goes straight to the heart of the reader.” – “Dear Elena, you always touch upon the essence of what really matters, in your writing & ‘crafting words’. Enjoy the publication of your book!”

Got any questions or ideas? reachme@creativelena.com !


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    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.

  2. Elena

    Muchas gracias Martha !!

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

    Many greetings & best wishes to you, cuidate 🙂


  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

    • 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 🙂

  4. Diana

    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!!

  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!

  6. André Pereira


    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

    • 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,



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