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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

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, […]

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. […]

... einmal quer durch das Haus ...

Baby Boutique Hotel Laurentius in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Tyrol.

Holidays with a baby can be many things. Tiring. Exhausting. Breathtaking. Unusual. Unique. Magical. But luxurious? Hang on, that’s new. Our luxurious stay at the Kinderhotel Laurentius in Fiss, Tyrol tells the tale. After all, who would have thought that “four star superior is also possible with baby”? My husband Georg and I have been very positively surprised […]

Fein herausgeputzt hat sich dieses asiatische Hochzeitspaar für

10 off the beaten track tips for travelling in Prague.

The city of Prague is at our very Austrian fingertips. There are hourly connections to reach the Czech capital city from Vienna, the distance is an easy four hours by train or car, and historically speaking, there are more commonalities than differences between our two countries. Strange, then, that we have never really been there before. […]

Green Travel Destinations in Austria: Introducing Falkertsee Lake in Carinthia.

“Heidi … Heidi … Deine Welt sind die Berge … Dunkle Tannen … grüne Wiesen im Sonnenschein …” Words from a song every child in Austria knows: Famous Heidi and her happy life in the mountains! Since our son Liam has been born, we have started to dig up and revive our own childhood memories […]

One hour south of Vienna: Pure mountain bliss in a local foodie’s paradise called “Molzbachhof”.

“It all started with our original pub and a simple bed & breakfast that my grandparents opened way back when. Many regular guests continue to come for the local fare we serve in the restaurant, as well as the location of our hotel as an ideal hub for nature excursions around Kirchschlag. With the newly […]

“Gaisberg Uncorked”: Sample a great series of wine events in my home town Strass, Lower Austria!

With so much commitment shown by the (young) winegrowers of the wine village Strass, my small little hometown in the Lower Austrian Kamptal, I find myself really really proud today. Wonderful to see what the “young creatives” are capable of achieving. Because “Gaisberg Uncorked“?! I mean, really … What is that supposed to be? Well, the […]

A sustainable winter trip to Lake “Weissensee” in Carinthia, Austria.

Winter at Lake Weissensee in Carinthia, southern Austria. Many still consider it a “natural insider tip”, to visit this pristine lake with its “largest groomed natural ice surface in Europe”. However, this superlative already suggests that winter is also a popular travel season for the “white lake” at the foothills of the Gailtaler Alps. If you […]

... während der Papa noch studiert ...

#Babymoon bliss at the Hotel Retter in Styria, Austria.

Taking a trip with your baby bump and future dad-to-be: Actually THE moment to “slip away still”. Before baby is born makes for the perfect travel time as a couple, enjoying all the attention around your growing belly and spending some more quality time together. A wonderful feeling I can only recommend to all parents-to-be! […]

... super Wirbelsäulengymnastik, wie hier in diesem schönen lichtdurchfluteten Raum im Genusshotel Weissenseerhof ...

Baby bump travel: Nine reasons (and three hotels) for enjoying a #babymoon retreat in Austria.

“Babymoon” (taken instead of, or after a “honeymoon”) is a type of travel which in my opinion all parents-to-be should enjoy before the birth of their child. On your own, with your best friend or with the expecting dad himself: As the baby bump grows, make sure you take that “last trip of its kind” […]

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