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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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Getting to know #DestinazioneMarche and its many creative cultural delights thanks to our #EuropeTour partnership.

What comes to your mind when you see the hashtag #EuropeTour ? Social Media tells me that more often than not, people get back to us thinking that our European project for the sustainable development of cultural tourism in rural areas is more like a travel agency. Funded by the EU’s Erasmus+ programme, our aim is, however, […]

... ein Ort zum Wohlfühlen, und Willkommen-Geheißen-Werden durch & durch!

Top Luxury Travel Tips for staying with the locals at Wagram & Wachau in Lower Austria

It’s this thing with “little hideaways”, that you first have to go out and really find them. It’s in a place called “In der Spitz” for instance, a place where local wine estate, Heurigen & the recently opened Boutique Hotel “WeinSpitz” join up to create a unique piece of local, Lower Austrian wine culture, that you […]

... sowie alles zusammen, einfach rundum genossen!

There’s an annual food festival in Baden, near Vienna, that you simply cannot afford to miss.

Wine, food & the “longest bar in the world”. That’s how the so-called “Genussmeile” in the Vienna forest district likes to be known, itself both a #winelover & foodie stretch of about ten miles between the local towns of Baden & Gumpoldskirchen. Essentially, it is made up of all different kinds of stalls, selling local […]

... und deren Baumeister, kreativer Veranstalter und passionierter Landwirt Ioannis uns noch dazu ...

Across the Peloponnese: Celebrating Creative Travel in Kalamata, Corinth & more!

Greece. “A travel tale in the (spiritual) traces of humankind“, is what I wrote about my first real visit to Athens in February this year. Those feelings of awe still ring true today. If anything, my understanding about Greece, the current plight of its people due to the crisis, has all but deepened. Perhaps despite […]

... an seiner Seite liegt übrigens eine alte Schmiede, die auch Schmiedekurse für Kreativ-Reisende anbietet!

Along the Danube River in Germany: Hiking, exploring & eating your way through Baden-Württemberg.

I just literally “came across” something. The border between Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg that is, right inside the city of Ulm in Southern Germany. Ever since I’ve set out on a journey to trace the German part of the Danube river upstream, I’ve really come to look at it with different eyes. But instead of just […]

Along the Danube River in Germany: Hiking, cycling, and eating your way through Bavaria.

“The so-called ‘Donaudurchbruch’ is the narrowest point of the Danube river in Bavaria. It is just 80 meters wide”, Monika Hummel explains, pointing to the rugged cliffs between which our excursion boat glides almost silently. In my head, the “scenic symphony” written by the Danube river (see my travel video immediately below) swells again like […]

... a place of happing meetings ...

#EuropeTour, our European A-Team for cultural tourism development in rural areas, meets again in Potes, Cantabria, Spain!

There is always so much to learn from each other “when Europe meets”. I love our #EuropeTour project meetings on cultural tourism development in rural areas of Europe, such as the one we organised in Austria last year, or the one that had me travel to (and get to know) the culture of North-Eastern Romania for […]

... welcher uns anschließend als Gäste in seinem zauberhaften Romantikhotel "Das Schiff" samt angeschlossenen Restaurant begrüßt ...

Slow Travel & Food Tour Options in Vorarlberg, Western Austria.

“Vorarlberg is ‘the most urban village in Austria’”, says Hans-Peter Metzler, his warm smile betraying the pride in his voice. “The combination of a living, rural tradition and the promotion of innovation, architecture, art and culture at a high level is unique in Austria. Here, in the Bregenzerwald, I believe we have taken the right […]

Austrian Abbeys around Linz : Saint Florian & the Abbey of Kremsmünster for you.

Each and every year, I am amazed at the openness of the monasteries & abbeys in Austria. “Kremsmünster accommodates the oldest public school in Austria”, says Father Daniel, and smiles. “It was opened in 1546, almost 800 years after the foundation of the monastery in 777!” Fascinated, Angelika Mandler and I have been listening to […]

Roadtrip through Greece: From Thessaloniki, via Meteora Monasteries, Delphi & Thiva to Athens.

Taking the car across Greece, i.e. travelling from Thessaloniki to Athens, even caused “my Greek” to raise an eyebrow (or two): “You’re driving all this distance by yourself? You’re not afraid?!” Well, yes. And no, of course not! It has been easy, really easy, if not to say truly fascinating, to drive around Greece – […]

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