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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?

Workshops & Conferences

Thank you Lola, for your super powerful, concluding keynote at TBEX Stockholm. You will indeed go far still, and I am glad to have you met you finally !!

#TBEX Stockholm 2016: Trending Topics from the Digital Travel Publishing Age

#TBEXStockholm. “It’s a different way of doing things.” True that, dear Jaume Marin. 2016 has marked my third “Travel Bloggers Exchange” conference after participating in Dublin back in 2013 as well as #inCostaBrava last year. Every year, the world’s largest gathering of digital influencers and tourism industry people is held in a different European, American […]

Social Media Marketing, Storytelling & Influencer Relations in Cultural Tourism.

“When was the last time you did something for the first time? And: How did it make you feel? I am interested in your very own, individual experiences …”, I encourage my participants in our two-day weekend seminar in Waidhofen an der Ybbs to share from their rich fundus of memories. More than once, I am […]

(Somewhat) Hot debates ...

#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 […]

Auf Los geht's Los: "Off we go", in Puchberg am Schneeberg!

Heads up for another round of the NÖVOG English Language training in Lower Austria!

Monday morning, 09.00 o’clock. Expectantly, I take a look at ten friendly, yet somewhat tired faces. (Almost) Like at school, I catch myself thinking. “What a good idea, Elena, for you to prepare the photo exercise for us …”, one of the local team members, tells me. “It really got us going in a much needed, […]

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 […]

#StoriesOfMyReaders: Introducing YOUR story & “The Creative Traveler’s Handbook”.

“So how is your book, dear Elena?” If there is one thing I’ve grown used to as a published author, it is this: People ask the wellbeing of your book over your own. For several months already, “The Creative Traveler’s Handbook” has created quite some buzz online, finally becoming available on Amazon.com as well as from joining any one […]

Travel Trade Show “ReiseSalon”: The very first, Austrian Travel Blogger Slam called #Reiseglück.

“The first, the very first, Austrian Travel.Blogger.Slam … Held at the ReiseSalon in the Vienna Hofburg Palace!” Christina, my friend & head of the organizing committee of the travel trade show ReiseSalon, is over the moon with delight – and anticipation. What is it going to be like, this “slam of a kind”, asking bloggers away from their computers […]

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, […]

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