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?

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#EuropeTour goes Austria: 2nd European Project Meeting in Waidhofen, Mostviertel

Veni vidi vici. I came, saw and won. Not quite like Cesar did, but much in the sense of conquering more (knowledge) terrain. Talking about cultural tourism management & digital communication skills … So much to be learned and developed still! The future is a bright place, my dear readers. Even, or especially, at a cooperative […]

Here we go again: ITB Berlin with bloggers, book presentations & big travel projects for 2016

Since about 10 years, I find myself regularly attending the world largest travel trade show ITB in Berlin. But one thing has really caught me by surprise this year: “Even at the beginning of the fair, I hardly have any more time slots for travels available this year …!” Since our early beginnings at the start of this […]

#EuropeTour kicks off in Bad Wimpfen, Germany

“The principal aim of EUROPETOUR is to empower local stakeholders in rural cultural tourism across Europe in the use of Social Media & modern communication technologies for taking better business decisions.” Phew. What reads as a somewhat lengthy explanation, is my try to sketch three years of work, eight European partner institutions and a total […]

The Second Congress of the Brazilian Bloggers in Porto & my first-ever speech in Portuguese!

Basically, it all started like this. Here I am, my video taken in the beautiful city of Porto, visiting my friend Rita Branco, of OPortoEncanta.com on the occasion of the World Food Tourism Summit as well as the Adegga WineMarket earlier this year. “Elena .. Você já fala tão bem o nosso português .. Quer ser uma das nossas palestrantes no Encontro […]

#WTM2015 in London: The Creative Traveler’s Handbook, finally unveiled.

“Sometimes, life gives you a gift. Mine was to meet Elena Paschinger at TBEX earlier this year. She went on a blog trip and fell in love with our people as well as our destination, Costa Brava Catalonia. After five months today, she came to the World Travel Market to offer me her new book, […]

INATEL #ISTOForum2015: European Tourism For All Conference in the Algarve, Portugal

Portugal, I must say, kind of sticks on me. The call to speak at INATEL’s forum “Tourism for All” came second only after keynoting at Tourism Portugal’s Heritage Fair in Coimbra, complemented by attending Lisbon’s delicious World Food Tourism Summit earlier this year. Sharing once more, and representing this time, the “creative tourism movement” (thank you so […]

#SomosPatrimonio: Creative Travel Keynote Speech in Coimbra, Portugal

“Dear Elena Paschinger. I’m Pedro Matias from Turismo de Portugal. We are organizing a cycle of debates called ‘Tourism Talks Pro‘ aimed at travel professionals and entrepreneurs wishing to exchange knowledge on business innovation & forward thinking. It is held in Coimbra as part of the 3rd edition of the so-called ‘Heritage Fair’. Considering your […]

The Creative Traveler’s Handbook: Happy Birthday & London WTM Release Party!

My dear readers: Has it really been a year? A year since I set out to travel the world, researching creative travel for my book-writing project? I guess it has. Creative Iceland. New York, New York … Creativity in the high mountain desert of Santa Fe. Food-touring Miami. Porto Alegre, Brazil’s no. 1 creative destination … New Zealand. Japan. Nepal. […]

Well on my way: A writer’s journey to ‘The Creative Traveler’s Handbook’.

I love writing and expressing myself. Especially here on my travel blog, including recent travel inspiration from #LaBelleFrance. This time, however, everything is different. All my energy, love and passion are channeling through a special type of project. I’ve taken to call it, “the baby book”. My firstborn. “The Creative Traveler’s Handbook“.   15.000+ words are done! The […]

#CreativElenaRTW: Introducing … The Creative Traveler’s Handbook.

So it is happening. The moment has come. My first “baby book”, about to be written, crafting messages of the heart, planting trees of my own thought and sharing pearls of worldly wisdom in this one single piece called, “The Creative Traveler’s Handbook“. It has been years in the making. Decades, as far as my […]

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