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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 With Locals

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 […]

Auf der Stoakoglhütte später darf Liam von meinem Teller mitnaschen ...

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 […]

... 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 […]

... 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, […]

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. […]

DANKE, liebe "Living In Frames" ...

“Living In Frames”: Glamping in Southern Burgenland, Austria (with baby)

“Glamping”, short for glamorous camping, meaning not to renounce luxury and comfort whilst enjoying the outdoors, is very much in fashion. Waking up surrounded by nature, yet tucked into cosy blankets and hotel-like beds? Spending the day outside, yet being able to use a state-of-the-art bathroom and toilet? Hanging out in swings, yet having only to […]

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