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?


... mehr über die Hintergründe der hier praktizierten Kulturformen erklärt ...

First Nation Travel in Canada: A day trip with the Tsuut’ina Nation around Calgary.

(Almost) Everybody knows about the city of Calgary, also known as the “Gateway to the Rocky Mountains” and because of its annual, word-renowned festival “Calgary Stampede“. This time, however, I approached Calgary in quite a different way: By visiting the so-called “First Nations”, the native people of Calgary, allowing for historical connections and modern life […]

... weiters die liebenswerte Anna Bosum kennen zu lernen, die 11 Kinder und 45 (!) Enkelkinder zählt ...

First Nation Travel in Canada: Discovering the province of Québec as part of a cultural journey.

Mashteuiatsh. Can you pronounce it? A small community situated at a huge lake, about three hours drive north of the city of Québec. What is so special about it? Well, I guess it’s the fact that you can truly mix and mingle with the so-called “First Nations” here, native inhabitants of Québec in the east […]

Wenn Ihr Euch nach all diesen Abenteuern stärken wollt, so kann ich Euch das

First Nation Travel in Canada: Arriving in Wendake, Québec and staying at the must-See “Hôtel Musée Premières Nations”.

“We no jaha we no jaha .. hinooo … weee no jaha we no jaha hinooo …”  Even today, the melody of a Quebec indigenous song still echoes in my ears. A legend, told by the proud tribal members of the “Wolf Clan”, describes the mythical transformation of a superhuman son and his return as thunder […]

Visiting #myBanff during winter: Ski, Hot Springs & Snow Delights in Western Canada

#myBanff, I love you. “What a beautiful story, Elena. So glad you came back to Canada. I can tell from our past conversations, and this article, that Western Canada really spoke to your heart. So so so wonderful! Are you still out there? You know the door in Toronto is always open if you need […]

#SkiBig3 in the Canadian Rockies : Shredding Powder in Banff National Park.

“12.000 kilometres for a birthday cake”, is what I wrote in my latest travel post about Canada. And not just that! Besides meeting the most fantastic people, Canada has also got some of the best powder ski conditions I have ever experienced in my whole life – and take my word there as a very experienced Austrian […]

12.000 kilometres for a birthday cake. “Oh Canada, eh!”

Sometimes in life, you just know. Know that “the craziest thing you may ever have done”, is also the right thing to do. Such as being true to yourself. Such as following your heart’s teachings. And honouring the presence of some of the most beautiful people on Earth, by organising one hell of a surprise for them […]

#myBanff Mountain Film & Book Festival & other travel delights in the Canadian Rockies

My last post here on the blog has been quite emotional. “People love it when you open up”, my dear friend Angelika muses. “It is a feeling we can all connect to.” I guess she is right. Back to Banff, then. #myBanff … Oh Bill. Fern. And Adam … You know it is the beautiful, […]

… (must say I do prefer this rather quaint little specimen downtown) …

72 Hours in Calgary: Music, Drumheller Dinosaurs & the Wild, Wild West.

It is Thursday, the 20th of October 2016. City sounds of busy Montréal pass me by, as I sit by the window of my room at night. Exactly eight weeks into travelling in Canada, I realize I have a good two weeks left before I fly back home to Europe. Nervously, my fingers type across […]

... Reubens for dinner and their surprisingly awesome salads (thank you for taking me there, dear Ole Helmhausen ..!) ...

My #MTLMoments : Travel Tips for your next Foodie Visit in Montréal, Québec.

Montréal. “Bienvenue au Québec!” Here I am, having finally gone all the way East on my trans-Canada journey. As my #VIARail train pulls into Montréal station from Ottawa, leaving the province of Ontario for Québec, I readily unpack my French language skills .. only to find that I first understand next to nothing. What an accent here! Brace, brace, […]

Trains leave early in the morning ...

#VIARail Train Travelling Across Eastern Canada: Exploring “The Corridor” from Toronto to Montréal.

Moving across Canada, I have always challenged people to think differently. Canadians about their own country. Fellow travellers about their options. “So why not take the train for travelling further East?” – “The train .. You mean #VIARail?” – “Yes! I have taken ‘The Canadian‘ all the way across Western Canada, from Vancouver to Winnipeg via the Rocky Mountains, and […]

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