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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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... ebenso die gewaltige Stiftskirche inmitten des mächtigen Innenhofes.

Exploring Rein Abbey and Maria Strassengel Pilgrimage Church near Graz, Styria.

It’s many years already that my friends and fellow travel bloggers have been visiting the monasteries, abbeys and convents of the Austrian association “Klösterreich”, whose goal is to promote monastic products and offers for tourism. We have, for instance, learned more about the healing arts of “TEM” (Traditional European Medicine) off a religious order of nuns in […]

... und auch die Aussicht vom Balkon über die sanft geschwungenen Hügel des uns umgebenden "Wechsellandes" genießen wir sehr.

Farm Holidays with the family at Ofnerhof in Southern Lower Austria.

“Dear Elena, we have read about your many trips involving farm stays in Lower Austria back in 2017… would you like to come and visit our farm, too?” This is Birgit Gruber reaching out to me earlier this year, Birgit who with her family runs Ofnerhof farm, a member of the Austrian Farm Holidays association. Like a […]

My husband walks the Austrian Camino: 10 questions about 150 kilometres from Vienna to Melk.

It’s early in the year. Georg mentions to me, rather casually: “I’ve taken some days off over a long weekend in June to walk the Camino from Vienna to Linz.” If there’s something I’ve felt, it’s not just approval, but also a certain kind of longing, even jealousy for his adventure. Especially as I’ve already […]

... dazu passend rückt der berühmte Grazer Uhrturm ins nahe Blickfeld ...

Post-Corona travel tip: Off to visit Graz in southern Austria.

Following the immediate aftermath of the corona crisis, Austria has once again eased its travel restrictions and I have promptly jumped at the opportunity to give in to my itchy feet again. Graz it is, and what used to be only a two-hour-journey from Vienna suddenly bore the almost same excitement as a round the […]

Working-Travelling Mum: One year on the road with #LittleLiam

Our son Liam turns one today. One incredible year, likely as intense (or even more so) than many of my wild travel years before his birth. And what an exciting road it has been! So much that we’ve learned from and through him. For one, it’s that clichés (don’t) hold true. Some do, yes. But […]

... wie hier schön ersichtlich beim Spaziergang in Sevilla (hach, waren das noch Zeiten ..!).

Travelling with Baby Liam: What’s it really like to be on the road for one month.

I am full of what the Portuguese people call “saudades” right now. Saudades, a term deemed to describe the indescribable: A feeling of nostalgia, melancholy, a feeling of far-away-ness. The way it is, pictures like these won’t become reality quite so soon again, as it still was the case earlier this year, in January 2020, at […]

Madrid with baby, day trip to El Escorial & Toma Café.

Times like these, it feels a little strange to be writing a travel blog about Madrid. And yet, there are certain activities we can already recommend for your next visit of the Spanish capital city, based on our recent trip there. We spent our days exploring downtown Madrid with #BabyTraveller Liam, and all the while I’ve […]

... ein wahrlich gewaltiges Juwel ...

Andalusia travel highlights during winter: Marbella, Ronda, Granada & Córdoba. With baby.

We continue our trip with #BabyTraveller Liam: Heading out from the Andalusian capital city, Sevilla, we have now booked a rental car for nine days in order to cover the in my opinion most beautiful spots of the largest province of Spain. Starting with Ronda, which is a truly magical place of a kind north of Málaga […]

... die Liam und uns wirklich gut gefallen.

Seville during winter. With food tour & baby. Wonderful!

“Devour Seville”: Nomen est omen. As such is the name of our food tour experience set right inside the central Barrio of Seville, right between its modern “Setas” as well as its magnificent cathedral. It is the middle of January, and we have just taken a bus in order to reach Seville from Portugal together with […]

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, […]

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