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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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Boris, whose mother had a preference for Russian names, is a Chilean through and through who simply loves to cook and be with like-minded people: If you visit Valparaíso, make sure you go and see him at "The Yellow House Bed & Breakfast"!

Best Trips 2013 by National Geographic Traveler: Valparaíso

Today, I came across an article in the National Geographic Traveler Magazine about the World’s Best Trips in 2013. Valparaíso, Chile! My eyes lit up when I saw the Chilean port city was among the Top 20 must-see picks of the season. Especially given the fact I hold so many dear memories of this place […]

Winter Alternatives to Skiing in Schladming

How do Swiss Pine bedrooms make your heart beat … slower? Should we really opt for “après ski” when explaining Austrian mountain culture to our Australian friend? And finally: How “romantic” is a hike with torches at night time? In the wake of the Ski World Championships, my friends Jacob, Anna, Derek, Markus and I discover awesome “winter […]

Christmas & New Year: Season’s (Gourmet) Greetings

How do you enjoy spending Christmas and New Year? Relaxed, with family & friends or in a more exciting kind of way? This season, I was out and about hunting down the best tips & travel photos for you: Witty stories, tasty meals and some ideas for chasing away possible “Christmas-Time-Blues“. Don’t worry about the cold […]

Round The World Trip: Wondrous World ..

When did you last step back and look at nature from a distance? Reconsider your own place in this world? Marvel at everything anew, wondrous, like a child? Round The World Trips are a great opportunity to do so. Honestly, if I was to give you just one piece of advice, it would be to […]

Shopping with Lucie! in Vienna

It’s the last Saturday before Christmas and we can’t think of anything else but going shopping. Are we insane? The heart of Vienna: Aggressive crowds, stressed-out sales assistants, good chances of ruining your coat with spilled Glühwein in the streets. So what to do if all you’ve got is one weekend in town? We suggest […]

Creative Travel in Paris: Photo Walk & Culinary Delights

Let’s be honest: Aren’t you dreaming about shooting the “one and only” travel picture ?! In Paris, you can combine a city tour with the option of learning more about photography (from a handsome French photographer!) thus benefitting threefold: 1) Checking out the camera in your hands (state-of-the-art technology at your fingertips!), 2) Discovering a […]

Paris by Night: Photo Walk in the City of Love

Valérie, who’s working at a Paris hospital, loves Crêpes Indiennes with chicken & curry. Lise, shop assistant & fashion designer, tells me of dreams about running her own creative workshop. And what’s with  … Bertie’s CupCakery, the sugar-sweet seduction only ten steps away from Notre Dame? Well, she must be a sinner, naturally.   Tonight, […]

Bake Your Own Bread with Roswitha Huber in Salzburg

Today, we FINALLY made it to Roswitha Huber. She is a star, really. “Simply” baking (real, delicious, home-made Austrian) bread? Our group of dedicated travel bloggers from all over Austria will all agree: Learning how to bake your own bread in the Rauris valley of Salzburg definitely is an experience in its own right. ” … And […]

Sehr chillig: Das Faulenzerhotel im Waldviertel verspricht offensichtliche Erholung - und ruft zum kollektiven "Faulenzen" auf! (c) Waldviertel Tourismus

“Winter.TimeOut” in Waldviertel, Lower Austria

“Where we are, is UP.” Up north, that’s what Waldviertel Tourismus proclaims as the “high north” of Lower Austria. Here, on this massive highland that stretches into southern Bohemia in the Czech Republic, we are talking 1.000 metres above sea level. A fact that may well get us Danube-dwellers in the lower-lying areas jealous, especially when […]

Art Clay Silver: Creative Workshop in Lower Austria

Squeezing, kneading, modelling, drying, burning, polishing and finishing with … real SILVER JEWELLERY? Yes, baby! What a creative day we’ve had. More than ten beautiful, hand-made pieces of silver jewellery. The joy of creating new things is overwhelming (even the boys get going, joining in the fun!), heaps of inspiration everywhere and helping hands are never […]

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