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?


... sowie für seine Sonnenuntergänge: "Il paese del tramonto", wirbt der Leitspruch des Dorfes.

Writer’s Retreat: Crafting my third book by Lago Trasimeno, in Umbria, Italy.

Take five days of rest and retreat, mix it with the inspiring atmosphere of a view across a vast lake, add your very own pool and sundeck, garnish it with the taste of fresh strawberries, pizza, pasta, vino & cappuccino, and serve it with the aroma of a one thousand year old olive grove. My […]

Voi siete tremendi !! Davvero :D

Language Travel Abroad: Back to Rome with EF International

EF – Education First. The motto of what I consider to be, my “Alma Mater” concerning language travel abroad, and also the name of the very first language school I went to London with for an “Academic Year Abroad” back in 2002 ..! EF has really changed my life in many ways: Thanks to this early […]

... sowie den Esel von Vietri als Symbol für die Stadt!

“La Dolce Vita” in the Gulf of Naples: Exploring Pompeii, Vesuvius & the Amalfi Coast.

“Ragazzi .. L’ozio è molto importante .. Questo dolce far niente che practicamo tanto chi nello sud dall’Italia ..!” Smiling, I can still hear the words of my dear Italian language teacher Pina, thinking back about my Italian language course in Salerno. With her typical South-Italian charm, she emphasises the “importance of doing nothing” – without remorse, […]

Five good reasons for visiting the island of Capri in Southern Italy.

Capri. My first association is a drink. No kidding! As kids, we loved having our “Capri Sun” juice, which tasted good and carried images of palm trees, a friendly sun, as well as the sea. Just about the time to swap those old, kitschy images though, for some real sense of the island of Capri. […]

Learning Italian in Italy? Ci vediamo a Salerno!

Bella Italia. I just had to fall in love. 🙂 “But what were you thinking, Elena?”, my friends were teasing me before leaving for Italy, teasing me about my “pure desire to learn Italian” (no guys, no eventual distractions this time ..!). But then .. Oh Salerno. Pompei. The Amalfi Coast, righteously known to be World Heritage of […]

Tobogganing in South Tyrol: Hot Tips for Cool Adventures!

“Great! Do that again! This is sooo much fun !!!” Tobogganing is like being a child again. It is undoubtedly fun to go chasing snowflakes as you run down a mountain on a sleigh! I remember being children, we took our sleigh everywhere – literally down the lowest (garden) hill and all the way down the vineyard […]

Carving, Cheese & Cool Jewellery: Creative Travel in South Tyrol

Creative travel in Sout Tyrol. “At the Oberpalwitterhof mountain farm? We have already visited there during summer. Magnificent place. Great inspiration for the kids, too.” Such is a recent comment I got from one of my readers on Facebook. I sigh, happily, breathing in the fresh air up here some 1000 metres above sea level. And catch myself […]

Follow in the footsteps of the most exceptional farm stays in South Tyrol

South Tyrol. “Being part of Italy has brought us certain advantages. We are, however, no Italians. We are South Tyroleans. If anywhere, I’d see us belong to Tirol”, Hildegard and her husband Peter of the Tiefentalhof farm in the Puster valley tell us with a smile. Travelling to South Tyrol in northern Italy is as […]

Ein Teil der Ausstellung umfasst auch Werke dieses Künstlers hier.

Culture, Carving & Culinary Delights: Travelling Val Gardena in South Tyrol, Alto Adige

South Tyrol. What images does the name of this destination carry for you? The mighty Dolomites mountains. The sunny ski slopes during winter. The excellent local area wines. People out here in the far north of Italy perceive themselves as a region distinct from the rest of the country: “We are from South Tyrol.” Or, like […]

(E)Bike Trip from Padua to Pellestrina: Exploring the Waterways of the Veneto.

So here is the story. Italy, as we know it, woos you with its traditional charm, with “belle ragazzi”, with pizza & sunshine by the sea. However, to experience Italy on an ebike is new. So new in any case, that even all the other tourists shoot us jealous looks (not to mention the locals: […]

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