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?

Readers’ Digest & Feedback

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Check out who I have been fortunate enough to work with over the course of the past 10 years.


Overview of travel brands and clients I have worked with.


Here is what national and international readers have to say about CreativElena.

“Hallo Elena, ich habe mir Deine ganze Seite angesehen und WOW, ich bin sehr beeindruckt über deine Arbeit, deine ReisenFotos usw. Gefällt mir alles sehr sehr gut. Und natürlich auch dein Blog über Porto … Du hast mich wirklich zu einer neuen Reise inspiriert. … Vielen Dank und liebe Grüße Sandra.”

“Liebe Elena, vielen herzlichen Dank für das tolle und bereichernde Gespräch! Es hat mich riesig gefreut, Dich wieder zu sehen und danke auch für Deinen wertvollen und wichtigen Input! Ich habe mir auch schon Dein Bloggervideo ‘Südamerika’ angeschaut und muss sagen, dass es mir sehr gut gefällt. Bei Dir gibt’s O-Töne und Menschen, Deine Kamera macht gute Bilder es kommt sehr authentisch rüber.” (Claudius Rajchl, KURIER Reise- & Video-Journalist)

“Liebe Elena, ein ganz besonderer Dank gilt Dir für Dein persönliches, tolles Engagement und Deinen professionellen Einsatz. Ein Dankeschön auch von allen Partnern. Ich bin sehr zufrieden mit der Quantität und Qualität der Umsetzung auf Deinen Social Media Profilen. In Zusammenarbeit mit den touristischen Partnern und UNESCO-Welterbestättenkonnten wir ein wirklich spannendes Reiseprogramm auf die Beine stellen. Herzlichen Dank und sonnige Tage!” (Ulrike Frauscher, Leitung PR & Presse-Management Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus)

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“Elena, your write-up of my talk was amazing! Thank you for so wonderfully sharing what I’d said during my speech at TBEX Travel Bloggers Exchange conference about storytelling.” (Don George, Travel Writer & Editor, National Geographic Traveler & Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing)

“Liebe Frau Paschinger … Vielen Dank für Ihren Aufenthalt bei uns und für Ihre wundervolle Berichterstattung! Ich finde die Texte wundervoll und einladend. Besonders gelungen, finde ich, sind Ihre Fotos.” (Rita Faller, Schlosshotel Mailberg)

“Super netter Beitrag, wir haben den Beitrag schon auf Facebook gestellt und auf Deinen Blog verlinkt. Da bekommt man richtig Lust beim Festival dabei zu sein.” (Jutta Mucha-Zachar, Donau Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH, über die Garten Tulln 2017)

„Ich bin echt begeistert, wie Du das machst! Jetzt wo ich dabei war, kann ich umso mehr beurteilen, wie super, charmant und voller Begeisterung Dein Blog gestaltet wird! Totalst gut und kurzweilig und super geschrieben, kein einziger Fehler in Text und Bildunterschriften, gut recherchiert, WOW!!!“ (Martina Weiss, Palais Liechtenstein)

“Hi Elena, I really enjoyed this post. I read about Loule being part of the Creative tourism network a few months ago and have been meaning to take a closer look. Your photos and descriptions make me want that even more.” (Julie Dawn Fox on Creative Travel in Portugal)

Great piece Elena – the photos have made me VERY hungry and you’ve introduced me to regions I knew little about in terms of food.” (Sarah Lee on Food Tours Worldwide)

“This is an excellent summary of the workshops at The Social Travel Summit. I attended some of these sessions, but not others so this allowed me to read a comprehensive account of what I missed. It was wonderful meeting you in Leipzig, keep up your great work!” (Shane Dallas on Content Marketing & Blogger Relations)

“What a magnificently detailed post. The ultimate round-up post about the #EWBC – Digital Wine Communications Conference. … Your fresh enthusiasm is contagious! Great meeting you and I look forward to following your world travels.” (André Ribeirinho & Susan Hedblad on the #DWCC14 Digital Wine Communications Conference)

Thank you Elena for the amazing post 😉 Every character in your article, every image and different mentions all come together and shows how much you are enjoying this amazing country and its wonderful people. See you again soon!” (Nicolas Barreiros on Creative Iceland)

“Based in Austria, Elena has developed an exciting blog for travelers wanting a creative travel experience. Educated in tourism planning and development, she is pursuing her dream of writing the first ever travel guide on creative tourism, currently on a journey across five different continents and gathering stories from providers of creative tourism experiences worldwide. Elena is an amazing young woman who is equally passionate about creative tourism as I am!” (Rebecca Wurzburger, Santa Fe Creative Tourism)

“Thank you so much for the words and pictures you put together. Fantastic reading!! I relived every minute of our time together in those words. It almost brought a tear to my eye reading the feelings you expressed in that article. Yes, it really was a special and magical time that day. One I will not soon forget. Thank you for your company, your excitement, and your talent in sharing your experience with myself and your very lucky readers. You obviously have a great passion for what you do and the talents to go along with it. It was a great pleasure to meet and spend the afternoon with you. I look forward to our next day together down the road, whether it be here in New Mexico or possibly some where else in the world. Please do stay in touch. Your friend, Steve.” (Steve Bundy on Exploring New Mexico)

“Awesome stuff and many thanks for coming for another workshop! The blog entry is superb and great photos too, very well written and I really love it! I certainly have to check out more of your blog postings, very interesting and great reading! Have a great New Years to come and many wonderful creative travel experiences too!” (Stephan Gilberg on Bone Carving in New Zealand)

“Elena. Es war mir eine große Ehre, Dich hier in Košice kennen zu lernen. Du hast eine neue ‘Tourismuswelt’ für mich aufgetan: Kreativ Tourismus, was wir so noch gar nicht kennen. Hier hast Du uns zu wahrlich neuen Gedanken angeregt, wie wir unsere Gäste mit ‘Kreativ-Leistungen’ noch besser bedienen und verstehen lernen können. Vielen Dank dafür. Ich liebe auch Deine viele Geschichten übers Reisen, über die verschiedenen Destinationen weltweit und über die Menschen! Ganz großartig! Dein Buch wird internationalen Reisenden bestimmt eine große Hilfe sein!” (Nadiya Yashyna zu Košice Europäische Kulturhauptstadt)

“Dear Elena, thanks for getting in touch. It is great to hear from somebody who fully and enthusiastically embodies and lives multilingualism and multiculturalism. I read your blog with fascination and I am glad to see that so much of my and others’ academic research on multilingualism resonates with the actual experiences of multilinguals around the world. If there is anything else you would like to know, I’d be happy to assist. With all best wishes, Panos.” (Professor Panos Athanasopoulos, Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University, UK)

“Dear Elena, thank you so much for your email. I really like your pictures and comments about the tour! How talented you are !!! It was our pleasure to meet you. We truly enjoyed touring with you. And we learned that we need to make a connection to the Creative Travel Network. Please keep in touch and find your article shared on our Kanazawa’s Creative Tourism Facebook page, too. Thank you once again for this article. I really appreciate your kindness. Best regards, Kentaro.” (Kentaro Takayama on Creative Travel in Kanazawa, Japan)

“Hola Elena… Moltes gràcies pel teu mail, saps que sempre és un plaer per nosaltres collaborar amb tu, i estem molt contents de la teva feina. Ens han encantat les fotos, són una passada! No podem esperar a veure el post!” (Gemma Suñer, Patronat de Turisme Girona Costa Brava Pirineu, on Creative Travel in Costa Brava, Catalonia)

“Olá minha querida! Passei o Domingo lendo os posts que você está publicando e ainda nem cheguei na metade e estou simplesmente ADORANDO!!! Nem sei como agradecer… Com certeza o Turismo do Porto vai partilhar a tua publicação:) Parabéns!” (Rita Branco, OPortoEncanta.com, on Porto and Portugal)


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