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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?

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... 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. […]

... ausgefallenen Details ...

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. […]

Farm Holidays in Lower Austria: Meet the Gnant family near Vienna.

It’s not even ten minutes I need. Ten minutes to get lost, to get away from the highway to Vienna, and into the gently rolling hills of the Vienna Forest district, hugging the Austrian capital city to the Southwest. “Maria Anzbach”, the little town’s name, is my destination today: I’m pretty sure you’ve never heard […]

The Island of Crete: Local discoveries & travel tips.

Taking the car for a ride around South-Eastern Crete is … a very good idea indeed. As with many popular Mediterranean destinations, I have been warned about the signs of mass tourism in Crete, the countless hotels, the shopping streets – exactly a reason not to travel there. However, the East of Crete, the largest among the […]

... und deren Baumeister, kreativer Veranstalter und passionierter Landwirt Ioannis uns noch dazu ...

Across the Peloponnese: Celebrating Creative Travel in Kalamata, Corinth & more!

Greece. “A travel tale in the (spiritual) traces of humankind“, is what I wrote about my first real visit to Athens in February this year. Those feelings of awe still ring true today. If anything, my understanding about Greece, the current plight of its people due to the crisis, has all but deepened. Perhaps despite […]

Damit nicht genug, gibt es für jeden Gast ein selbstgemachtes Abschiedsgeschenk zum Mit-Nach-Haus-Nehmen ...

Chelsea Flower Show goes (Lower) Austria: Staying at one of Austria’s top garden B&Bs.

Imagine you find yourself in a garden. Not just any garden, no. A garden full of light and life. It’s the middle of the summer, and bees are humming, a butterfly lands on your shoulder, tickles you ever so gently on your skin. Swaying gently in your hammock, you close your eyes and forget all […]

Foodie Travel Tips from Gastein Valley in Salzburg, Austria

The air is clear and cool, the conversations bubble merrily like the mountain streams around us. I look around, just able to see the peaks of the Hohe Tauern mountains, which remain hidden in the thick mist above the Nassfeldalm. We have come to meet our local host Martin who, after serving us delicious breakfast […]

... an seiner Seite liegt übrigens eine alte Schmiede, die auch Schmiedekurse für Kreativ-Reisende anbietet!

Along the Danube River in Germany: Hiking, exploring & eating your way through Baden-Württemberg.

I just literally “came across” something. The border between Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg that is, right inside the city of Ulm in Southern Germany. Ever since I’ve set out on a journey to trace the German part of the Danube river upstream, I’ve really come to look at it with different eyes. But instead of just […]

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