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You wouldn't be here if you weren't curious.*

Hallo! Ich bin Elena! Willkommen auf meinem Reiseblog Creativelena.com.
Ich bin die Kreativreisende, und Du offensichtlich neugierig.

*Was ist "Kreativ Reisen"? Antworten auf diese und viele weitere Fragen liefert Dir mein Reisehandbuch "The Creative Traveler's Handbook". Am liebsten reise ich im Rhythmus der Einheimischen und bin dazu bereits ein paar Mal um die Welt. Sechssprachig. Mit viel Charme, Herz und Hirn. Dies hat mich sowohl ruhig als auch rastlos gestimmt: In der Fähigkeit, inspirierende Geschichten über außergewöhnliche Menschen und Regionen zu erzählen, liegt mein größtes Lebensglück. Viel Vergnügen & Inspiration beim Stöbern durch meine Reisegeschichten!

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Creative travel, hands-on workshops, cooking & craft lessons, painting, photography or simply preferring to speak four languages a day: Do you also prefer listening to locals’ advice, being off rather than on stage, being a traveller rather than a tourist? Then Creativelena’s Travel Blog is just what you are looking for! Roaming my own home country Austria for great local pieces of advice, I also report on my travels around Europe, Asia, South America and Australia / New Zealand in both English and German with a focus on culinary, creative & curious travel stories. Enjoy!

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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 […]

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“O PORTO ENCANTA” … Love & Magic on the road.

Dear readers. “I am so inspired”. (#Ibinsoinspiriert). Only recently, my dear friends & fellow travel bloggers here in Austria have assigned me this unique local lingo hashtag. I guess a big part of it is owed by the fact that Creativelena has forever (been) inspired by writing & sharing stories on her travel blog. And […]

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“Douro Exclusive”: World-Famous Wine & Gourmet Moments in Portugal

Maeve is holding on to dear life (and Richard), as the wine terraces next to her take a deep plunge. She does not dare to look out the car window so as to enjoy the magnificent view out into the Douro valley below. I take her hand, soothing her softly, and we both start laughing. […]

Zu guter Letzt stehen wir alle wie Freunde "rund um den heißen Brei": Eine Stadtführung mit Biss, bzw. der etwas anderen Art, bietet die liebe Filipa Valente mit ihren "Taste Of Lisboa" Food Tours.

“Taste of Lisboa”: Foodlover City Exploration of Lisbon, Portugal.

Magic fills the air, uplifting both our spirits and the clouds in an otherwise perfectly blue sky. It is the beginning of October here in Lisbon, and we are yet to wander around sun-kissed by summertime. Temperatures day and night are somewhere between 20°C to 30°C, inspiring us to unpack our summer dresses once more, beaming back […]

... heißt überaus freundlich empfangen zu werden!

Creative Travel in Portugal: Pottery, Painting, Weaving, Cooking & More!

I have really come to love “my” Portugal. The people, the soul, the culture of this land, last but not least its beautiful, melodious language, have completely drawn me in. Already in my first article about creative travel in the Algarve region, I have shared with you some alternative travel tips in this sunny southern district […]

Vielen Dank für diese ersten, kreativen Begegnungen mit den Einwohnern der Stadt Loulé hier in der Algarve Portugals!

Creative Travel in Portugal: Loulé as a Capital of Crafts in the Algarve

The sky is a brilliant blue, reflecting the sun-kissed, light-hearted atmosphere of the city of Loulé and its people. I time-travel back from autumn into summer. At least this is what it feels like for me as a Central European, taking a deep breath and immediately feeling wrapped up by the light-hearted atmosphere myself. At […]

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Food Tours Worldwide: “A moveable feast” from Bangkok, to Graz, to Salzburg, to Porto!

Sweet. Crunchy. Spicy. Unusual. Hot! Tender. Delicious. Soft. And oh, my God … When have you last closed your eyes, sighed for the magic of the moment, the sweet taste of something unfamiliar yet incredibly tasty lingering hot in your mouth? 🙂 I know that feeling. Ever since I started travelling at the tender age of three […]

... findet auch Andrea! Unser kolumbianische Weinexpertin, genießt die Stimmung in der Hängematte sichtlich.

Winelover Trip through Portugal: Douro and Serra da Estrela Part IV

The last day of my trip to the Douro and Serra da Estrela regions in Portugal begins with a splendid view over the pool of “Quinta do Crasto.” Here, I can very well imagine to spend a relaxing day out – alas, not this time because I still “have to go” to a wine tasting. […]

Voller Leidenschaft, diese Südländer! Wein ist aber nicht die einzige Leidenschaft von Álvaro wie wir an diesem Abend herausfinden sollten! Hier seht ihr ihn bei der Verkostung eines wunderbaren "Quinta de Cidro"!

Winelover Trip through Portugal: Douro and Serra da Estrela Part III

Imagine: a mixture of Tuscany and Wachau. Gently rolling hills, beautiful vineyards, olive groves and orange trees, with a lovely, meandering green river Douro. This area offers the perfect conditions for the production of the famous port wine. In the Douro region, delicacies of all kinds are created. Not only wine lovers get their money’s worth, but […]

Wir werden von der lokalen „Confraria gastronómica“ („Bruderschaft für Gastronomie“) herzlich willkommen geheißen. Umso mehr Anstecker die Brüder auf ihren Gewändern haben, umso mehr andere Bruderschaften haben sie schon besucht und sich über Köstlichkeiten ausgetauscht.

Winelover Trip through Portugal: Douro & Serra da Estrela Part II

Luxury Travel tips from sunny Portugal: Belmonte, Sortelha & Linhares da Beira are certainly worth your visit as already mentioned in my last travel article. This time, let me take you … … from Almeida to Faia Brava Nature Reserve and into Castelo Rodrigo: Wild horses, luxurious country lodges & a “secret” brotherhood of “good […]

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