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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?

A few words on the inspiration for Creative Travel.

Sometimes, when you travel, you meet the whole world in one person. All the feelings are there: Natural wonder, new discoveries, beautiful music still foreign to you at first, but quickly becoming a part of you. New emotions and thoughts add to your personality, and make you a richer person on the inside. As you keep integrating them, you are accumulating wisdom, tasting the bittersweet symphony that is life, and love, to you and to those around you.

It is all about making those connections. Only a short while ago, a dear friend of mine has sadly passed away. As much as her death made me sit down and weep, it also added a deepened sense of focus to my life, a focus on life. What is truly important? To pursue your goals and dreams. Do not let anyone stop you. Do not let your boss stop you from having another child, saying he needs you back in the workforce, when having a baby is what you want. Realize that dream of yours.

For me, one of my life dreams is to write a book.

I always referred to it as “one day”, until about two years ago when a magic and happy coincidence first set me on a path, leading up to a title and idea for content. I realized that it was all already there, that a special someone had just put a name to what I was already harbouring inside of me. So now, in the aftermath of Ursula’s parting, it became even clearer that I was going for my dream, already, just having to embrace, to live and to fulfill it.

Me on the beach of "Praia Azul" in Portugal, catching my breath from the creative energy of learning how to surf!

Me on the beach of “Praia Azul” in Portugal, catching my breath from the creative energy of learning how to surf!

 

In the first go, it means that I am planning a round the world trip scheduled to happen for the end of this year. I am going to visit creative destinations around the world offering something truly unique in the way of cultural expression to visitors, from Iceland to Brazil, from New Mexico to New Zealand to such exotic places as Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. I can’t wait. It will be magical to make those connections, to really stay in a place and feel its essence, thanks to the creativity of people living in it. Who share their passion and tell a story, their story, their life dream.

As I capture their messages and express them in my writing and photography here on the blog, I will complete my research by giving useful travel tips, hands-on practical advice and expert knowledge on how to organize a creative trip, to go and become creative, to visit creative destinations and also to handle the inner journey that follows. Opening up to people on a world-wide level by allowing yourself to be taught is magical. Creative travel has the power to transform you, and by completing this journey, I will share with you my vision of how this can happen.

I invite all of you to follow, and watch out for what is on the horizon. Read your heart. Understand its message. Follow it through. For nothing else can ever be that important, especially when it all might stop tomorrow.

Learning how to scythe in my own backyard, the Alpine district of Lower Austria. Picking up a new skill thanks to meeting inspiring local people, gets you close to the light sense of happiness you felt when you were a child, realizing and understanding something new for the very first time.

Learning how to scythe in my own backyard, the Alpine district of Lower Austria. Picking up a new skill thanks to meeting inspiring local people gets you close to the light sense of happiness you felt when you were a child, realizing and understanding something new for the very first time.

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Written by Elena

Elena writes about creative destinations, shares her personal travel stories and brings inspiring photography & interesting news updates home to you. Her mission is: "Continue to be amazed at this world, one creative travel experience at a time."

Ready for learning even more about creative travel?

Elena has recently published "The Creative Traveler's Handbook". Chock full of inspiratinal stories, travel tips and advice, it offers everything you need for planning and managing your next creative escape, addressing beginners and experienced travelers alike. Here's how to get your hands on it now!
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