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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?

Sustainable Travel

One hour south of Vienna: Pure mountain bliss in a local foodie’s paradise called “Molzbachhof”.

“It all started with our original pub and a simple bed & breakfast that my grandparents opened way back when. Many regular guests continue to come for the local fare we serve in the restaurant, as well as the location of our hotel as an ideal hub for nature excursions around Kirchschlag. With the newly […]

A sustainable winter trip to Lake “Weissensee” in Carinthia, Austria.

Winter at Lake Weissensee in Carinthia, southern Austria. Many still consider it a “natural insider tip”, to visit this pristine lake with its “largest groomed natural ice surface in Europe”. However, this superlative already suggests that winter is also a popular travel season for the “white lake” at the foothills of the Gailtaler Alps. If you […]

... während der Papa noch studiert ...

#Babymoon bliss at the Hotel Retter in Styria, Austria.

Taking a trip with your baby bump and future dad-to-be: Actually THE moment to “slip away still”. Before baby is born makes for the perfect travel time as a couple, enjoying all the attention around your growing belly and spending some more quality time together. A wonderful feeling I can only recommend to all parents-to-be! […]

... super Wirbelsäulengymnastik, wie hier in diesem schönen lichtdurchfluteten Raum im Genusshotel Weissenseerhof ...

Baby bump travel: Nine reasons (and three hotels) for enjoying a #babymoon retreat in Austria.

“Babymoon” (taken instead of, or after a “honeymoon”) is a type of travel which in my opinion all parents-to-be should enjoy before the birth of their child. On your own, with your best friend or with the expecting dad himself: As the baby bump grows, make sure you take that “last trip of its kind” […]

... und danken Frank für die spannende Tour mit seinem einzigartigen "Bear Canoe"!

First Nation Travel in Canada: Discover Kamloops in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

Have you ever heard about Kamloops in Western Canada? Those eager explorers among you may have heard of the “city at the confluence” as a central point of the VIA Rail train service passing between Vancouver and Jasper, a particularly beautiful track through the western Rocky Mountains. But Kamloops deserves more than just to be […]

Road trip through the Canadian Rockies: Romantic Hideaway at Emerald Lake Lodge.

There is no way of travelling through the Rocky Mountains in Canada without visiting the world famous places (and landscapes) around Banff & Lake Louise. But what if I tell you: “There’s much more to the Rockies than just Banff and Lake Louise …?”! Especially on your first road trip here, you should also choose […]

... mehr über die Hintergründe der hier praktizierten Kulturformen erklärt ...

First Nation Travel in Canada: A day trip with the Tsuut’ina Nation around Calgary.

(Almost) Everybody knows about the city of Calgary, also known as the “Gateway to the Rocky Mountains” and because of its annual, word-renowned festival “Calgary Stampede“. This time, however, I approached Calgary in quite a different way: By visiting the so-called “First Nations”, the native people of Calgary, allowing for historical connections and modern life […]

... weiters die liebenswerte Anna Bosum kennen zu lernen, die 11 Kinder und 45 (!) Enkelkinder zählt ...

First Nation Travel in Canada: Discovering the province of Québec as part of a cultural journey.

Mashteuiatsh. Can you pronounce it? A small community situated at a huge lake, about three hours drive north of the city of Québec. What is so special about it? Well, I guess it’s the fact that you can truly mix and mingle with the so-called “First Nations” here, native inhabitants of Québec in the east […]

Wenn Ihr Euch nach all diesen Abenteuern stärken wollt, so kann ich Euch das

First Nation Travel in Canada: Arriving in Wendake, Québec and staying at the must-See “Hôtel Musée Premières Nations”.

“We no jaha we no jaha .. hinooo … weee no jaha we no jaha hinooo …”  Even today, the melody of a Quebec indigenous song still echoes in my ears. A legend, told by the proud tribal members of the “Wolf Clan”, describes the mythical transformation of a superhuman son and his return as thunder […]

A sustainable weekend trip to Zell am See-Kaprun: Hiking, Herbal Tours & Making our own Ceramics.

“And then, when each and everyone in my group realises the untamed power of the Alpine plants, this ‘medicine’ around us, I thank God for my gift and smile …”, says Christine Sperner, who is our hiking guide for the day and a sort of plant whisperer, too. You could also call her the translator […]

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