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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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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 YorkCreativity in the high mountain desert of Santa Fe. Food-touring Miami. Porto Alegre, Brazil’s no. 1 creative destinationNew Zealand. Japan. Nepal. I am still dazzled by the deep, meaningful encounters I’ve had on this trip of a lifetime, meeting people from all walks of life, all over the globe. Through the human exchange in creative travel, each one of them has given me so much, adding depth and meaning to my life and inspiration to my soul.

Often on my round the world trip, I remember the writer in me pausing, thinking, “That’s a good line for the book …”

Getting back home from three and a half months around the world has been emotional, to say the least. It took me a while to slip back into life in Europe. “Home”, has it not turned into a feeling of being comfortable anywhere I went, thanks to creative travel as my way of seeing the world? It has.





And now, a fruit of all the seeds planted along the way, The Creative Traveler’s Handbook: Life-seeing instead of sightseeing, has been born.

Years of inspiration, weeks in the writing, months in the editing. I daresay my dear baby book is the best it can be. So many people have helped, and supported me on this journey. I am stretching the ‘Acknowledgements Page’ in the opening of the book!

And yet .. I simply feel happy. Blessed. Incredibly grateful. Calm and energized at the same time. My dear life dream of writing a book one day … realized. As part of a series of international authors, the ‘Hall of Fame’ of The Traveler’s Handbooks whose mission is to inspire trust, ignite passion and inform about the more meaningful ways of travelling and writing about, the world out there. I am incredibly proud to see my book published as the ninth in this series of trusted travel writers and friends, such as dear Sarah & Terry Lee, Janice Waugh or Nellie Huang.

From sharing the early stages of the manuscript with my dear, dear family ...

From sharing the early stages of the manuscript with my dear, dear family …


... to my beautiful book in the hands of a reader ...

… to my beautiful book in the hands of a reader …


... has been quite a journey - what a (beautiful) ride, really!

… has been quite a journey – and what a (beautiful) one, really!


It's touching and lovely to be sharing it already with my friends, fans & readers from all over the world!

It’s touching and lovely to be sharing “The Creative Traveler’s Handbook” with my friends, fans & readers from all over the world!


Will I see you wishing for a copy, too? Stay tuned about how to get one here!

Will I see you wishing for a copy, too?


So let us share the happiness and celebrate the release of The Creative Traveler’s Handbook! Here finally is all you need to know about my upcoming book launch events & how to hold one in your hands, too.

Check out this timeline of events and see where you, I & “The Creative Traveler’s Handbook” can meet: I would love to see you at either one of the following book presentation events! 😀


Well, my dear, this is it for the moment … Let’s see what the upcoming months and years will bring in terms of more opportunities for travelling, speaking and engaging you in The Creative Traveler’s Handbook!

And for even more inspiration and feel-good moments, head over to my video, documenting my writer’s journey to publishing my first-ever book and realising this beautiful life dream of mine !!!


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Written by Elena

Elena writes about creative destinations, shares her personal travel stories and brings inspiring photography & interesting news updates home to you. Her mission is: "Continue to be amazed at this world, one creative travel experience at a time."

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  1. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer

    Congratulations Elena! I cannot wait to read your Traveler’s Handbook!

    • Elena

      Awww thank you so much dear Chanel 🙂 Can’t wait to be handing you a copy- and hopefully in person !!

      Cheers & have a great day,

      Elena 🙂

  2. Cristina Souza da Rosa

    Elena, parabéns pelo livro. Muito sucesso! Nos vemos logo no Porto.


    • Elena

      Muito obrigada, Cristina querida.!

      Sim, vemos-nos no Porto. 🙂

      Agradeço-te desde já o teu apoio querida. See youuuu!

  3. Sarah

    So excited and pleased for you! You’re really leading the way in taking creative travel around the world. Will be at your launch.

  4. Greg Snell

    Amazing Elena!! Excited to see you on November 04th!! 🙂



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