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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?

Austria

arte Hotel Kufstein: Urban Lifestyle goes #LoveTirol !

Gazing out the window, I can see all the way until “the end of Tirol”. At least, this is what it feels like what with the vast swath of the river Inn down below, stretching out miles and miles further West. Not any kind of window, of course, but the panorama windows at the spa area […]

... herzlich die Gastgeber ...

Around Gesäuse National Park : Admont Abbey, Kassegg Castle & the eco-friendly Hotel Spirodom

Morning mist lifting, we can see Admont Abbey rising like a beacon from the dark forests surrounding it. Some of the best views of this precious Baroque jewel in Austrian cultural history, including the world’s largest monastic library at well over 70.000 books on display, is from Hotel Spirodom in Admont. Would you believe that some […]

Die anschließende, kurze Wanderung zum Fluss Enns, deren "Sausen" namensgebend für den Nationalpark Gesäuse ist ...

Gesäuse National Park in Styria, Austria: Experiencing the local nature & culture combined.

Standing in front of the national park centre “Weidendom”, I draw a deep breath and close my eyes, allowing the rushing river Enns behind me to fill me with its thundering noise. Ah, the clean air, the merry colours of nature, timeless it seems, yet touching us with their every fibre. As my gaze follows the […]

Welcome to the Austrian Rocky Mountains: Hello, “Gesäuse” National Park in Styria!

Just about one year ago, I have been travelling to the Canadian Rocky Mountains for the first time in my life. Only to find that they are “right here, too” (in our beloved, northern Austrian Alps)! Certain elements in the cragged ridge lines, rocky outcrops, soaring mountain walls & mighty forests clad in the colours […]

... 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. […]

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