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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?

Winter

Madrid with baby, day trip to El Escorial & Toma Café.

Times like these, it feels a little strange to be writing a travel blog about Madrid. And yet, there are certain activities we can already recommend for your next visit of the Spanish capital city, based on our recent trip there. We spent our days exploring downtown Madrid with #BabyTraveller Liam, and all the while I’ve […]

... ein wahrlich gewaltiges Juwel ...

Andalusia travel highlights during winter: Marbella, Ronda, Granada & Córdoba. With baby.

We continue our trip with #BabyTraveller Liam: Heading out from the Andalusian capital city, Sevilla, we have now booked a rental car for nine days in order to cover the in my opinion most beautiful spots of the largest province of Spain. Starting with Ronda, which is a truly magical place of a kind north of Málaga […]

... die Liam und uns wirklich gut gefallen.

Seville during winter. With food tour & baby. Wonderful!

“Devour Seville”: Nomen est omen. As such is the name of our food tour experience set right inside the central Barrio of Seville, right between its modern “Setas” as well as its magnificent cathedral. It is the middle of January, and we have just taken a bus in order to reach Seville from Portugal together with […]

Algarve in winter: Travel tips for visiting Loulé, Tavira & Sagres (with baby).

The Algarve in Portugal. What comes to your mind? Summer, sun, beaches, golf and likely, mass tourism? Luckily, I can assure you that the Algarve is far better than its beach tourism reputation, and that you may also find some quiet corners and precious gems of nature (and culture) here. First of all, it’s definitely easier if, […]

Lisbon. In winter. With baby. Travel tips & photos that will have you pack your bags!

3 January, 2020. Liam is but seven months old. And about to board the first plane of his life. To Lisbon. A decision of his parents. Well. His mum, really. And why? Well, why not! “Do you really have to travel with such a small baby?”, some may ask. Of course, you don’t have to. […]

... einmal quer durch das Haus ...

Baby Boutique Hotel Laurentius in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Tyrol.

Holidays with a baby can be many things. Tiring. Exhausting. Breathtaking. Unusual. Unique. Magical. But luxurious? Hang on, that’s new. Our luxurious stay at the Kinderhotel Laurentius in Fiss, Tyrol tells the tale. After all, who would have thought that “four star superior is also possible with baby”? My husband Georg and I have been very positively surprised […]

Travelling to #LaBelleFrance just ahead of Xmas: A quick hop from Austria to the Atlantic Coast.

“Allez hopp”, and you’re there. Right by the Atlantic sea coast. Thanks to our modern ways of transport, such as airplanes and high speed trains, you can reach the sea in France in just about six hours from Vienna. A wonderful feeling that I have recently come to enjoy, being prompted to travel in order […]

A different kind of Christmas. In Cape Town, South Africa!

Christmas. I believe most of us immediately recall the scent of cinnamon candles, the warmth of their favourite sweater, a cup of Glühwein perhaps, and cookies. At least, this is what Christmas always felt like for me. Until I moved to Cape Town some 11 years ago. Gradually, I wrapped my head round the fact […]

City Trip to Lisbon: Adegga Wine Market & Season’s Greetings from Portugal

Lisbon. “Do you still need some travel tips & ideas for your visit in town? I have been in Lisbon a couple of times, and can offer to help you gladly.” From across my coffee mug at the Lisbon Poets Hostel right inside the old town of Lisbon, I smile at my fellow travellers Corinna […]

... vor allem Esslingen, mein wahrer Favorit unter allen drei Weihnachtsmärkten die ich in und um Stuttgart besucht habe!

#EnjoyStuttgart: Why Stuttgart’s Christmas Markets are really worth your next city trip to Germany.

For more than 300 years, the city of Stuttgart has hosted their traditional Christmas markets as one of the oldest markets in the whole of Germany. A fascinating fact for someone like me, who has been growing up to the splendour of similar Christmas markets back home in Austria. Whether it’s a creative workshop in Stuttgart’s ginger bread factory, an evening concert […]

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