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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?

What News from the World Travel Market?

Ever heard of “Nollywood”? Or wandered what you can do with BRICS? (no masonry, that’s for sure). And who of you already owns a Smart TV? To my absolute dismay, I read and hear in this year’s World Travel Market Global Trends Report that “smart TVs are on the verge of taking off” while all the while (for over a year now!), I must admit to having a so-called “Samsung Smart TV” sitting at home in my living room …

Smart TVs are the future of travel, allowing us to purchase trips right after watching a documentary on TV, for instance.

Smart TVs are the future of travel, allowing us to purchase trips right after watching a documentary on TV, for instance.

 

… Only I haven’t used it. It hasn’t really taken off for me yet, whereas I can fully support Paul Richer who is organising this year’s WTM technology programme in saying that “savvy travel businesses are harnessing social media to propel their promotion”. Check out what you can gain from this year’s World Travel Market in London:

Social Travel Market Focus at this year's World Travel Market: Please include free public Wi-Fi at the fair grounds next year, though !!

Social Travel Market Focus at this year’s World Travel Market: Please include free public Wi-Fi at the fair grounds next year, though !! It does make life easier for foreign delegates such as us 🙂

 

Travel Trends and Distribution: “Where next?”

“The advent of mobile smartphones and unlimited data contracts has brought us to the Martini era. Consumers expect access to the information they want anytime, anyplace, anywhere. They have all the information they need at their fingertips. They will research their holidays ad-nauseum. So what’s the outcome? Consumers are now experts on their particular holidays. They spend more time researching their holidays than at any time in the past.”

Are you travel-savvy about all there is to know about London?

Are you travel-savvy about all there is to know about London?

 

This leads me to think of another quote by Keith Jenkins, author of VelvetEscape Travel Blog, who during a very interesting session about measuring the ROI on blog trips explained that “many people might not know they are looking at a blog while researching their favourite holiday destination (…) thinking blogs were only personal travel diaries written for friends and family.” Indeed, such is the look of many professional travel bloggers‘ websites that you might well “confuse” them with online travel magazines or destination websites: Well-researched travel directories that add depth, meaning & personal accounts to any means of travel or travel destination in the world, at the fingertips of the consumers, always dynamic and – perhaps the most important – delivering social content that is “shareable” & “likeable”.

“Social media spreads the word. Constant peer to peer interaction on Facebook, Twitter and other social communication mediums means that if a (travel) business is doing a good job, consumers will hear about it. (…) I guess we will see more peer to peer businesses launch in the coming years”, concludes Paul Richer of Genesys Consulting in his travel distribution report.

Travel Bloggers and Trade Media gather at this year's Tweetup at Double Tree Hilton hotel: Great networking event!

Travel Bloggers and Trade Media exchange at this year’s Tweetup at Double Tree Hilton hotel: Great networking event!

 

In the spotlight: Travel Bloggers from around the world gather during World Travel Market 2012 in London

For me personally, visiting this year’s World Travel Market in addition to attending The Travelers’ Handbooks book launch has also been a roller coaster ride of (positive) emotions. Having lived in the city of London for almost a year during 2002/2003, I hold many dear memories of the British capital. With the main boxes ticked on several visits reaching back into childhood, I allowed myself time to relax literally “swirling around town” like a colourful autumn leaf! In this way, I got to benefit from time for shopping (of course!) but also many good old travel tales from local storytellers (friends & couchsurfing/AirBnB hosts) in great cafés and less-travelled districts of the city.

Fond of "the British", no matter what the story reads (sausage and mash?)

Fond of “the British”, no matter what the story reads (sausage and mash?)

 

From the cheering of crowds at Tottenham Hot Spurs vs. Wigan Athletic football game, to the warmth and care of like-minded travel bloggers Sarah & Terry Lee, to the buzz and the excitement of being in a room with some of the most talented travel writers, travel bloggers and journalists (twice during London #TravelMassive & #Tweetup events): All this has simply been very, very inspirational.

Warm hugs with Sarah and Terry Lee of LiveShareTravel and Andrea Anastasakis of DestinationEurope (from left to right)

Warm hugs with Sarah and Terry Lee of LiveShareTravel and Andrea Anastasakis of DestinationEurope (from left to right)

 

Join the Tweetup #ttgtweetup in London!

Join the Tweetup #ttgtweetup in London!

 

Outside, a cab is waiting ... and what a cab. Love this truly British one!

Outside, a cab is waiting … and what a cab. Love this truly British one!

 

Thank you Terry and Janice, for the amazing work you have done on The Travelers' Handbooks. Looking forward to working together with you in the future!

Thank you Terry and Janice, for the amazing work you have done on The Travelers’ Handbooks. Looking forward to working together with you more often in the future!

 

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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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