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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?

Travel Philosophy

Pregnancy, self-employment and social security plans: What’s the matter for a professional travel blogger in Austria.

“So how will you continue with your work?” – “Will you still be travelling as much?” – “Are you actually on maternity leave?” – “You know, you should really write a blog post about it, Elena!” Well, eventually I did, and here it is. Kudos to a new situation that is sometimes keeping me and […]

Packing List for our first trip with Baby Liam: What’s in his suitcase?

A good question. The World Wide Web has fewer answers than I thought, as most “packing lists for travelling with a baby or toddler” refer to babies much older than our son, only six weeks old at present. There are tips regarding baby food, bottles, sterilisers, or toys – we do not need any of […]

Liam is here! Family travel tips from Creativelena.com

On 28 Mai 2019, our world has likely changed forever: The birth of our son has brought nothing but joy and sunshine into our lives and hearts. It really is true what they say, that from now on, it feels like carrying your heart outside of your body. You find yourself reacting to every little […]

Nine months “on the road”: Nine tips and insights into a truly special lifetime.

Truth be told: I cannot reach down to both my feet with both my hands any longer, but I can manage to type still, pushing those hands past a rather huge bulging belly by now. 40 weeks pregnant. Crazy business! And what a journey it is, and has been. Each day might be the day; […]

... 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” […]

Presenting my new eBook about the effective study of foreign languages together with EF Education First.

Save the date: On Tuesday, 5 March 2019 at 6.00 p.m., I will present my latest eBook together with EF Sprachreisen (EF Education) in Vienna, concerning the mastering of foreign languages. It contains many tips & tricks for language acquisition, as well as entertaining stories from my life as a multilingual globetrotter: How come I now […]

Hot off the press: “The Creative Tourism Toolkit” and my talk about “Digitalisation in Tourism Management”.

“Great, Elena, how can I get this book?” – “Sounds very exciting. What exactly did you work out here?” I am presently gathering first feedback on having announced the publication of the “Creative Tourism Toolkit“, a guide for small and medium-sized tourism destinations and companies that want to make creative travel their motto. What the […]

Georg gefällt's: Bei Traumwetter wie diesem kein Wunder!

Vancouver & Whale Watching on Vancouver Island: Discovering the Pacific Coast of Canada.

What’s the best way to travel to Vancouver? If, like us in this case, you happen not to arrive by plane, but by land, then it’s worth considering a journey with the Canadian train VIA Rail. This train offers you unique landscape impressions combined with the convenience of simply getting on in the middle of […]

The journey of my life: Pregnancy, spring baby & a new (family) travel blog?!

#BabyTraveller … dubbed little “Krümelchen” in German. Incredible bliss is boxing its way through my lower abdomen while I type here … “No wonder baby’s as active, with these active parents”, I smile once more, feeling proud. “Krümelchen is the youngest Taekwondo fighter”, my godmother Angelika writes joyfully, when just a few weeks ago WE […]

... führt an IHR nicht vorbei: Klosterschwester

A spiritual type of travel in Carinthia: Wernberg Monastery and its herbal garden paradise.

Wernberg Monastery in Carinthia, the south of Austria. Thinking back about my recent trip, I think of one thing in particular: The genuine, radiant smile of Sister Monika-Maria Pfaffenlehner. She is a true force of nature, and one welcoming spirit to our community of guests. Lucky, though, if you can spot her, as she is […]

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