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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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... 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 […]

... vielen Dank für die Gastfreundschaft, liebe Brigitte, lieber Franz!

Farm Holidays in Austria: The Fallmann family near Scheibbs, Lower Austria

“Tucked away at the foot of the Ötscher mountain”, among the gently rolling hills of the alpine upland in Lower Austria, I read into Brigitte’s “business card” aptly describing the surrounding farm holiday concept. She offers me both a sweet smile, as well as a slice of freshly baked apricot cake as a welcome to […]

... 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 […]

Julius & Andreas Schneidhofer begrüßen mich bei sich zu Hause ...

Althammerhof Sheep Farm in Semmering, Lower Austria: A Mountain Fairy Tale come true.

Angekommen am Althammerhof. Ich lasse die Fenster meines Autos herunter und atme tief durch. Ein herrlicher Geruch aus taufrischen Wiesengräsern und “würziger Landluft” steigt mir in die Nase. Als ich aus dem Auto aussteige und schon die Stufen zum Hauseingang des Althammerhofes hinaufgehen will, meckert mich plötzlich eines der vielen Schafe in unmittelbarer Nähe an. […]

Farm Holidays in the Ötscher Mountain district of Lower Austria

Looking at the mighty Ötscher mountain, is the first thing that captures my attention as I travel to the Bodenhof farm estate in southern Lower Austria, at the border with the province of Styria. Even before I get to greet the Schenners, I can’t take my eyes off the beauty of that mountain, suddenly so […]

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Organic healing & hair care: Luger Bed & Breakfast in Weinviertel

“Unique. Natural. Ecological. And heart to heart.” Such is the promise when you visit the website of the “Ecological Guesthouse Luger“, a small country house awarded for its excellence in environmental standards. Right upon arriving among fields of yellow flowers, I do find the atmosphere promoted by the Luger family just as it promises to be: Unique. […]

Farm Holidays in Lower Austria: Meet the Gnant family near Vienna.

It’s not even ten minutes I need. Ten minutes to get lost, to get away from the highway to Vienna, and into the gently rolling hills of the Vienna Forest district, hugging the Austrian capital city to the Southwest. “Maria Anzbach”, the little town’s name, is my destination today: I’m pretty sure you’ve never heard […]

Wenig später, in der Stadt Camaguey ...

Travel to Cuba: Fifteen fond photo memories of our family trip of a lifetime.

Throwback to … the year 2007. Having recently graduated from university, my parents have taken to sponsor me & my brother on a family trip to Cuba. Once again, the four of us cross the Atlantic (we have already travelled to the States twice before) in order to enjoy the fascinating culture of Cuba before […]

The Island of Crete: Local discoveries & travel tips.

Taking the car for a ride around South-Eastern Crete is … a very good idea indeed. As with many popular Mediterranean destinations, I have been warned about the signs of mass tourism in Crete, the countless hotels, the shopping streets – exactly a reason not to travel there. However, the East of Crete, the largest among the […]

... 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 […]

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