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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?

Travel Videos

... 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 […]

... 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 […]

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, […]

... alles auch erlebt und bestaunt von unserem Bussibären ...

Travel Tip Portugal: Why Évora is worth the visit from Lisbon.

“Évora is, in my eyes, the most beautiful town in Portugal”, says Beatriz, as we meet her and her husband André in Lisbon. Évora, haven’t I been there before, I’m thinking. And remembering that yes: Back in spring 2015, I have been hosted on a foodie trip through Portugal’s Alentejo region, including a stop in Évora. […]

Lisbon. In winter. With baby. Travel tips & photos that will have you pack your bags!

3 January, 2020. Liam is but seven months old. And about to board the first plane of his life. To Lisbon. A decision of his parents. Well. His mum, really. And why? Well, why not! “Do you really have to travel with such a small baby?”, some may ask. Of course, you don’t have to. […]

... einmal quer durch das Haus ...

Baby Boutique Hotel Laurentius in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Tyrol.

Holidays with a baby can be many things. Tiring. Exhausting. Breathtaking. Unusual. Unique. Magical. But luxurious? Hang on, that’s new. Our luxurious stay at the Kinderhotel Laurentius in Fiss, Tyrol tells the tale. After all, who would have thought that “four star superior is also possible with baby”? My husband Georg and I have been very positively surprised […]

Green Travel Destinations in Austria: Introducing Falkertsee Lake in Carinthia.

“Heidi … Heidi … Deine Welt sind die Berge … Dunkle Tannen … grüne Wiesen im Sonnenschein …” Words from a song every child in Austria knows: Famous Heidi and her happy life in the mountains! Since our son Liam has been born, we have started to dig up and revive our own childhood memories […]

Nine months “on the road”: Nine tips and insights into a truly special lifetime.

Truth be told: I cannot reach down to both my feet with both my hands any longer, but I can manage to type still, pushing those hands past a rather huge bulging belly by now. 40 weeks pregnant. Crazy business! And what a journey it is, and has been. Each day might be the day; […]

“Gaisberg Uncorked”: Sample a great series of wine events in my home town Strass, Lower Austria!

With so much commitment shown by the (young) winegrowers of the wine village Strass, my small little hometown in the Lower Austrian Kamptal, I find myself really really proud today. Wonderful to see what the “young creatives” are capable of achieving. Because “Gaisberg Uncorked“?! I mean, really … What is that supposed to be? Well, the […]

Romantic Road Part III : Schongau, Schwangau & the Castle Route to Füssen.

The landscape around me has changed. I can no longer see the “Romantic Road” stretch as far as the horizon, flat as it was before in Nördlingen, around Augsburg or Landsberg. Rugged mountain ranges have given way to straight lines. The gently rising Alpine foothills bring a smile to my face. Mountains always make an […]

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