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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?

Gourmet Travel

Travelling to #LaBelleFrance just ahead of Xmas: A quick hop from Austria to the Atlantic Coast.

“Allez hopp”, and you’re there. Right by the Atlantic sea coast. Thanks to our modern ways of transport, such as airplanes and high speed trains, you can reach the sea in France in just about six hours from Vienna. A wonderful feeling that I have recently come to enjoy, being prompted to travel in order […]

... Rosa hat in der berühmten spanischen Rioja studiert und ist nun zu ihren familiären Wurzeln zurückgekehrt, um sich mit ihrer Firma "Envinados" der Qualitätssteigerung des hiesigen Weinbaus zu verpflichten, sie organisiert dazu erlebnisreiche Weinrouten in der gesamten Region ...

Almería, a different kind of Andalusia. A colourful travel tale from Southern Spain.

Looking at the colours of Almería contained in this post, you will never believe me to be talking to you about the “driest place in Europe”. Located at the south-eastern edge of Spain, Almería county is bordered only by the glistening Mediterranean Sea to the south, as well as the mighty, often snow-covered tips of […]

... die mondäne Hipsterk-Szene der Stadt lässt grüßen ...

Belgrade or: The story of an up & coming Balkan city destination.

Going for a morning walk right by the river Sava, looking downstream just as it joins up with the Danube. Not too much of a difference with my home town near Vienna really, judging from some of the scenery around here. All too often, I feel reminded of the “great history” that separates as well […]

... wie dem auch sei, uns gefällt's eine der weniger bekannten Ecken der Stadt kennen zu lernen.

Novi Sad: Hipster & History in what is perhaps the coolest town of Serbia.

This town. Great vibes and good food. Plus the odd corner, district or street that has yet to see its “coming of age”. Novi Sad, you’ve honestly fascinated me in a way that I haven’t felt for a long time. And who would have thought: Discovering a creative (wool) art studio inside the town’s main fortress?! Glancing at […]

... nicht wahr, liebe Sanja?

Going horse riding at Dobro Prase Ranch near Novi Sad in Serbia.

Serbia. What comes to mind when you hear about Serbia as a travel destination? Before I’ve actually been on my very first trip to Serbia, not much I have to admit. I did see the beautiful video, sure, “Serbia: Land of New Beginnings”, which was done by my international travel writer & video producer peers, and […]

Travelling South-Western Ireland: Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula & the world-famous Cliffs of Moher.

Attending TBEX Travel Bloggers Exchange conference in the small town of Killarney, about an hour west of Cork? Honestly, “a good excuse” to finally add an independent road trip around South-Western Ireland again after what has been more than twenty years! I remember last leaning over the Cliffs of Moher as an eleven-year-old, travelling there with my family. This time, […]

... 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 […]

... 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 […]

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