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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?

Portugal

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, […]

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Travel Tip Portugal: Why Évora is worth the visit from Lisbon.

“Évora is, in my eyes, the most beautiful town in Portugal”, says Beatriz, as we meet her and her husband André in Lisbon. Évora, haven’t I been there before, I’m thinking. And remembering that yes: Back in spring 2015, I have been hosted on a foodie trip through Portugal’s Alentejo region, including a stop in Évora. […]

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. […]

Creative Culinary Travel Tips in & around Porto

Porto. No longer do I feel like a visitor there. Rather, like a “temporary citizen“. “Bem-vinda em casa, Elena!”, my Portuguese friends call out to me and welcome me home in their typical, heartfelt hospitality. If, like me, you care for the country and its people, even learn (some of) the language, you stand to […]

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 […]

... auch ganz, ganz köstlichen Serra da Estrela-Schafskäse vor, den uns José hier bereitwillig aufschneidet.

The other Portugal: Singulartrips, Serra da Estrela & sweet moments of seduction in Porto.

Portugal. “When I get on a plane and arrive in Lissabon three hours later, I do feel just the same: Home”, I often find myself musing with others. My mind then wanders off thinking about my dear friends in Portugal, switching back to speaking Portuguese as if it was completely normal (read more here “about how […]

... and have patience taking endless and endless amounts of photographs: Obrigada, Rita querida, for all your patience with me!

Women Walking The Way: Insights & Inspiration from the Portuguese Camino.

“It’s a kind of magic …” Magic. Magic! Well yes, walking the Camino is full of magic. And partly so, because it is a Women’s Way. At least 80% (that’s four out of five pilgrims we met on the Way) are women. From groups of friends, to couples, to female solo travellers and our accommodation hosts along […]

Friede beim Camino-Tagebuch-Schreiben im Garten der Familie.

Pilgrims on the Portuguese Way of St. James: Food & Accommodation in Portugal.

“The Way is tough .. The Way is rough .. The Way is … exactly what you make of it.” Like in real life. My journey along the Portuguese Way of St. James (13 days, 260 kilometres walking) has changed my life. Once more. In a very healthy way, I believe. I know, for instance, that I do […]

... und schafft ein absolut essentielles Mode-Accessoire für den Camino-Komfort.!

Preparing for the Way of St. James in Portugal & Galicia: 10 Travel Tips for getting on your Way.

“I’ll be gone, then …”. Word by the famous German comedian Hape Kerkeling, whose Camino tales have in part inspired me to walk the Portuguese Way of St. James from Porto to Santiago de Compostela. My dear, what an adventure! Despite all possible preparations, the Way has simply blown my mind – in the most literal […]

Porto’s High End: Luxury Travel Tips from Portugal.

I have told you about my many love affairs with Porto. I have told you about its beautiful people, hidden spots and magic sunsets. I have told you about its delightful food, splendid wine markets and why Porto should even be considered Europe’s next foodie capital. I have shared with you, my top ten travel tips for eating, […]

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