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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?

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Travel Tip Portugal: Why Évora is worth the visit from Lisbon.

“Évora is, in my eyes, the most beautiful town in Portugal”, says Beatriz, as we meet her and her husband André in Lisbon. Évora, haven’t I been there before, I’m thinking. And remembering that yes: Back in spring 2015, I have been hosted on a foodie trip through Portugal’s Alentejo region, including a stop in Évora. […]

Packing list for our first flight with baby Liam, now seven months old.

The year 2019 has come to an end, and we are busy preparing for our first flight to Lisbon with our seven months old son. Daddy being on (paid) leave time, and mummy utterly flexible working from home (or everywhere), we make use of this special family time given to us in order to travel both […]

From now on, you may visit the Ardenne region in German, English, French or Dutch!

For more than two years, I have been working with the tourism destination #VisitArdenne (the three country-region between Belgium, Luxemburg and France) in order to deliver a professional homepage for its international audience. The German edition www.visitardenne.com/de is now finally online (and so are the Dutch and English versions of the homepage), so you may navigate the […]

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10 off the beaten track tips for travelling in Prague.

The city of Prague is at our very Austrian fingertips. There are hourly connections to reach the Czech capital city from Vienna, the distance is an easy four hours by train or car, and historically speaking, there are more commonalities than differences between our two countries. Strange, then, that we have never really been there before. […]

First trip abroad with baby: 6 tips about getting organised and the actual journey

Our first trip with our little son outside Austria took us to Prague. By train. Why Prague? And why by train? Well, Prague is located at a distance from Vienna that on the one hand side can easily be combined with “baby sleep during the day” (it is about four hours by train), and on […]

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; […]

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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” […]

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