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?
Discover the racy Schilcher & Südsteiermark wine growing districts of Styria.
“And right over there, you can see the Hochgrail vineyards, having scored second in the national TV show ‘9 Plätze, 9 Schätze’ last year”, Verena explains, showing off a truly picturesque hillside trimmed to perfection over vineyard lanes, houses and orchards. Such is the scenic welcome when travelling to Weststeiermark wine growing district, located in and around […]
A journey to Vulkanland Steiermark: “Volcanic Hillsides & Spicy Wines”.
Styria is known to be the prime Austrian travel destination for foodies. Many titles, such as the so-called “Culinary Capital City Graz“, hint towards the region being a great destination for anybody who loves great food. And truth be told, the density of excellent local producers- wine, juices, schnapps, vinegar, oil, ham, cheese, chocolate – […]
Visiting (and staying) at Disentis Monastery when travelling to Switzerland.
“You’re going to Switzerland to stay in a monastery!? Is that even possible?” There’s quite a few questions over my upcoming trip to Disentis Monastery in Switzerland, located in the Swiss canton of Grisons (Graubünden). And I must say, I’m actually quite excited myself – especially in times like these. Will it be possible to cross the border […]
Tracing traditional crafts and creative artisans in the city of Vienna, Austria.
Have you ever thought about visiting Vienna as a capital city for crafts rooted in centuries of tradition? We have recently experienced the Austrian capital through its factories, and met the families who for many generations have contributed to shaping the city’s renown for excellence in manufacturing productions, such as silver, shoes or glass. Before visiting […]
A toddler’s travel tale to Pitztal, Tirol.
Do you like watching inspiring travel stories? Great. I’ve taken the time and effort to do a whole new type of travel video for you, taking you to Pitztal valley in Tirol: Now I hope the first-time premiere of my voice in English for explaining more about the family travel options in Pitztal is something you’d […]
Photo Festival #LaGacilly in Baden near Vienna: “All Eyes East” in 2020.
For the third time now in 2020, the city of Baden near Vienna is hosting the “Festival La Gacilly – Baden Photo“, the largest open air photo festival in Europe. This year’s festival bears an exciting promise, calling “All Eyes East” to Baden. Thus, the city of Baden along with its parks and city centre converts […]
Visit Nature Park Almenland in Styria, stay at the Eco Hotel Bauernhofer.
The popular Austrian “Sommerfrische” is back again. Especially now, during the summer of 2020, as the travelling world still reels with the shock of the current pandemic, many people simply look to recover closer to home, and want to spend some quality travel time in peaceful, quiet, and natural surroundings. “Of which Austria has plenty, and […]
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 […]
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 […]