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?


Xmas & The Creative Traveler’s Handbook: Time to say THANK YOU!

My dear friends, my dear readers. It is the 24th of December, a quiet sunny day here in Austria, the main day of celebrating Christmas in this beautiful home country of mine. I am happy for all this peace surrounding us. No war. No fights. Just peace, and some happy times of reflection together with […]

… and especially YOU, our ever so dedicated team of volunteers, to help out those who rely on our efforts for saving their lives - and hopes for a better tomorrow. © Rakesh Shahi

Heroes from Nepal: 10 Questions to Rakesh Shahi

The story I am going to share with you today is different from all other stories I have written & published on this world travel blog of mine. It is a story straight from the heart of one of my dearest friends in this world, Rakesh Shahi from Nepal, written at a moment in time that could not […]

Puerto Madero #JoggingSelfie from #CreativElenaRTW !

#CreativElenaRTW: Top 10 Travel Spots to Run Around The World!

Running. You either hate it or you love it. I most definitely belong to the latter, having been “on the run” since my early childhood days. For me, jogging or running is the perfect sport for a traveller, especially a #foodlover like me! All you need is a good pair of shoes. Socks to match, if you wish. Light, practicable sportswear. And […]

You voted: Top 10 Travel Picks from #CreativElenaRTW on Instagram

Landscapes. Light shows. Sunsets. Moai. Whatever makes you happy, really. With travel photography being one of my big passions in life (see my Flickr Photo Gallery with 15.000+ travel photos published from around the globe in the last two years!), I have gathered all your feedback from my Instagram travel photo feed during the course of my recent #CreativElenaRTW trip. […]

#CreativElenaRTW: HOME. Practical, emotional & fun conclusions from a life-changing journey around the world.

“The soul has its own time”. Very true. I might be physically back HOME after an intense, life-changing, three months adventure around the world, but my soul & spirit from this #CreativElenaRTW trip are definitely still somewhere in space. I have met sooo many amazing people. Angels among them, at that. Seen so many realities. […]

Travelling to Japan

My first ever glimpse of Japan is mingled with pure fascination: Each single patch of land seems to be built on here! Spotting the island nation from high above in my window seat is watching the gently undulating, forest-clad hills rise above a “sea” of man-made building structures, only to rise as an island from […]

... doch dann gibt es, wie wohl in jeder Lebenssituation, rettende "Engel" wie diesen sympathischen jungen Mann Igor de Oliveira, der mir wirklich, wirklich hilft als ich nicht mehr weiter weiß!

#CreativElenaRTW: Troublesome Travel Tales. Of Flight Cancellations & New Friendships

Speaking five languages fluently and travelling the world for more than five weeks now, what makes you still think (and talk) in your own mother tongue? “Waaas? Das darf jetzt aber nicht wahr sein … Warum ist es plötzlich illegal, dass wir in Brasilien landen?!?” The answer is: Emotions. Words that speak the language of childhood, […]

#InspiredByIceland: A Most Magic Road Trip of Western Iceland.

“Listen here. It is so quiet … absolutely no noise.” My words carry over to my friend & travel companion Björn from Iceland, whose face immediately breaks into a knowing smile. Noticing the absolute absence of noise has us world citizens & urban dwellers almost shriek with delight. Even the sea cradles the coast in a […]

Top Ten Instagram Travel Moments in 2014

Awesome “iphoneography”. I just love the aesthetics of my high resolution iPhone5 camera device coupled with the creativity and “filter-full” playground of Instagram. As a travel blogger, Instagram is one of my favourite Social Media apps apart from Facebook, Twitter or Google+. I use it all the time to share those travel moments & photographs I deem […]

Nominated for the “Liebster” Award: 11 Travel Questions & Answers by Creativelena

“Dear Elena. I would like to nominate you and your blog for the ‘Liebster Award’ – care to answer a few questions? Kind regards, Eva.” Eva’s message reaches me on 25 September 2014 after having already been nominated by Tanja a day earlier.! I am actually on a trip exploring the legendary BURGENland in the […]

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