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?
I just love presenting. Most of all, (creative) travel tips & issues in cultural tourism management. This particular speaking gig, however, has been truly special for one reason: I had my best friend and “artistic partner in crime”, talented musician Irmie Vesselsky join me on stage; Irmie who I’ve already told you about as part of our most recent trip to Styria. Far across the borders, her songs in the style of Tori Amos have touched hearts and souls, and it was her who composed the music to my beautiful “Creative Traveler’s Handbook” video:
During this particular talk, both Irmie and I recalled our shared creative travel experiences across Europe: Where to go for making the most of this particular travel style?
One such hotspot is definitely Costa Brava, in Catalonia, north of the city of Barcelona. This is reflected in the following video I have made here for you:
True to the colourful variety of #creativetravel #inCostaBrava, we have made typical local Ratafia liqueur with herbs sourced from the foothills of the Pyrenees in north-eastern Spain.
Besides, let me spoil you to what Irmie and me have shared during this past creative travel talk in our home town of Krems, Lower Austria … from Iceland to Greece, from Serbia to Portugal, Europe as a cradle of many diverse cultures and regional identities is the perfect place to go wild on interactive, cultural experiences! Check this out.
What’s happening here? Well, it’s wintertime and most farmers in South Tyrol (Alto Adige) have lots of time, and a willingness to share their traditional crafts and skills with visitors, such as the art of making fresh mountain butter. Learn more about it here.
Another creative hotspot to go to is (of course) Greece, and why not during winter? Athens is beautiful in February, and this Athens Food tour has taught me all there is to know about the perfect Greek yoghurt, as well as how to serve it.
Let’s stay along the foodie travel path: Did you know that buffalo cows responsible for producing that delicious buffalo mozzarella cheese are being massaged daily to produce optimum cheese? I didn’t, but can now vouch for the quality of that delicious, creamy mozzarella cheese …
And if you’ve always wondered just what exactly local crafts can look like, well, this is a rather pretty example: One local hairdresser has specialised in the art of traditional Austrian mountain plaits, demonstrated as part of a creative summer festival!
… Irmie and I say THANK YOU for your attention and look forward to welcoming you yet again to one of our next travel talks ..! Here we are departing Formentera island last summer, and boy do we hope to be back there one day: It’s been such a wonderful trip together!
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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Elena has recently published "The Creative Traveler's Handbook". Chock full of inspiratinal stories, travel tips and advice, it offers everything you need for planning and managing your next creative escape, addressing beginners and experienced travelers alike. Here's how to get your hands on it now!
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