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?


This lady, too, welcomes me into her Kanazawa house a little later, introducing me to the protocol and ceremony of the Japanese tea culture.

Creative Travel in Kanazawa, Japan

The Japanese Tea Ceremony follows a strict protocol. Between the warm smiles & welcoming gestures of our tea master, a lady who I deem to be only a little older than myself, I can sense and appreciate the grandeur of this ancient Japanese tradition. “Even the Samurai have once laid down their arms in respect for peace upon […]

“Memoirs of a (Maiko) Geisha”: A Touching Picture Tale from Japan

The air is heavy with the advent of something unique and important about to happen. Dead silence fills the narrow streets of Miyagawa-Cho Geisha Town in Kyoto, a silence that is marked only by the occasional footsteps – “clack, clack” – of the young Maiko making her way from teahouse to teahouse, splendid in her […]

Top Foodie Travel Tips from Kanazawa, Japan

Japan … “I want lots of travel tips on Japan!” – “The food … You will die.” – “Kanazawa is one of the best foodie places in Japan!” – “Enjoy that sake. …” – “You are a lucky girl, Elena …!” As I am waking up to my fifth day in the “country of the […]

Thank you so much, dear Sasaki san, for your passion, support and mutual interest in developing creative travel around the world, and more specifically, here in Japan – and for Rebecca Wurzburger from Santa Fe Creative Tourism for bringing us together in the first place!

Creative Travel in Kyoto, Japan: My Speech & High-Speed Intercultural Learning!

Japan … It just blows your mind. Times & times over. My first ever days in this “land of the rising sun” have brought with them an air of mystery, appreciation and utter fascination. I have started making some friends – over Guinness, cake, coffee, a mutual interest in creative travel as well as the local […]

Travelling to Japan

My first ever glimpse of Japan is mingled with pure fascination: Each single patch of land seems to be built on here! Spotting the island nation from high above in my window seat is watching the gently undulating, forest-clad hills rise above a “sea” of man-made building structures, only to rise as an island from […]

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