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?

South America

Neue Freundschaften beispielsweise: Mein herzliches Treffen mit dem liebenswerten Paar Lorena & Washington, die noch dazu in Kürze Eltern sein werden (!), macht diesen Aufenthalt nochmals speziell.

Dream Destination Diaries: Sweet sandy beaches & mystical Moai meditations on Easter Island

My last two days on Easter Island are filled by what I originally intended for this part of my #CreativElenaRTW trip – taking an actual HOLIDAY besides all the cultural engagement & happy adventure spirit. 😀 Just imagine arriving on Easter Island as an international travel blogger being used to always reporting live & in real-time from all four corners […]

Vielen Dank für diesen fulminanten Abend: Diese Burschen haben es mir angetan!

Dream Destination Diaries: Sensing “Te Pito O Te Henua”, The Navel Of The World

It is my third day here on Easter Island, and I am drawn out of bed early: At exactly 05.30 a.m., my sleepy gaze meets the shiny morning stars of the “Great Waka”, or Great Canoe, as the Maori people in New Zealand call the “Belt of Orion”. I look up into the clear sky with a happy […]

Dream Destination Diaries: Exploring Past & Present on Rapa Nui, Easter Island

The second day in paradise has us embark on a full day excursion getting to know Rapa Nui island. Still high on my emotions from the first day, I wake up happy & calm, ready for the day ahead. Out the window of my apartment, I can see the clouds alternating with the sunshine, what […]

... oder diesen: Blick in das Gesicht eines spirituellen Stammesführer, welchen die Moai verkörpern.

Dream Destination Diaries: Enchanting Easter Island …!

Easter Island. Just to be here, means pure magic. I decide to keep a travel diary for each day I spend on this fascinating island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. A public diary, of course, sharing my thoughts & feelings with you here on my travel blog. As usual really, including lots of […]

... bringen mir ganz traditionell im Stil der Gaúchos bei, wie man „einen Fuß vor den anderen“ setzt.

Creative Travel in Brazil: Samba, “Street Art Photography” & Gaúcho culture in Porto Alegre!

“Dance the Samba with me … Dance the Samba with me all night …” My dear friend & fellow Austrian travel blogger Angelika has just recently put this haunting melody in my ear through a post on Facebook. SAMBA. Yes, baby. My first ever Samba course in Brazil still shakes me up to this day, as I […]

Les quiero mucho chicos! - Bis zum nächsten gemütlichen Treffen in Europa, und bis dahin gilt: MAGIA ES VIAJAR! :D

Buenos días, Buenos Aires. “Magia Es Viajar” !!!

“Para Elena, con mucho cariño!! Nunca dejes de soñar!! Mucho éxito con tu libro! Besos y abrazos!! Aldana, Dino y Tahiel. Buenos Aires, diciembre 2014.” “For Elena, with lots of love!! Never stop dreaming!! All the best for your book! Kisses and hugs!! Aldana, Dino y Tahiel. Buenos Aires, December 2014.” My idea of a stopover on this CreativElenaRTW […]

Die Spezialität des Restaurants Rancho Açoriano sind eigens geräucherte Austern: Eine völlig neue Geschmacksdimension eröffnet sich mir hier!

Florianópolis, “Floripa” or simply “Ilha da Magia”: My trip to the island of (culinary) enchantment in Brazil.

Spellbound. This is how I feel after a most beautiful three days in Brazil on this amazing #CreativElenaRTW round the world trip of mine. Dreams turn reality turn dreams. The view from my luxurious apartment on the 10th floor of the Majestic Palace Hotel in Florianópolis. The tender meat of the oysters that Florianópolis is […]

Creative Travel in Brazil: Mosaic, Mandala & Street Art Graffiti Workshops in Porto Alegre!

Today, I need to tell you a lot. Yes I do. Brazil, and more specifically the capital city of its southern province Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, have really infused me with both passion and enthusiasm. For more than a week, I have enjoyed speaking only Portuguese, finding pleasure in training my Brazilian accent: Tacale pau, Elena! Capaz. Bem […]

Aber: Weihnachten am Rathausplatz von Porto Alegre ... so?! Geht irgendwie ... gar nicht!

Creative Travel in Brazil: Gaúchos, Christmas & Hot Vibes in Porto Alegre

I love Brazil. “I also think you will go crazy with Brazil”, is what I can still hear a dear friend say to me just before my “wild ride” into one of the largest countries on this planet. Indeed, what gets to me right from the beginning here in Brazil is the happy sense of […]

Erinnerungen an stürmische & gleichzeitig traumhafte Momente: Blick auf den Strand von Wustrow an der deutschen Ostseeküste.

Photo Challenge in April: Water. 5 continents flow into 5 stories!

“Show me your water!”, is what Carolin Hinz proclaims on her travel blog “Esel Unterwegs” (Travelling Donkey), inviting us to participate in a collection of travel articles showing what experiences we have had in or around “water”. Even while I am reading hers, my mind starts wandering off to all those particular travel memories concerning water. I […]

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