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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!

Travel With Locals

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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Eating London Food Tour: Exploring Spitalfields Market & Brick Lane in East London

“You will go very far, considering your enthusiasm and energy Elena!” Nicole’s words still ring in my ears when I think back of my recent #foodlover exploration of East London thanks to Eating London Tours. Enthusiasm, energy and an appetite for life are definitely what drive me these days, as I am travelling round the world researching creative culinary travel tips in far-flung […]

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#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 […]

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Creative Iceland: The Reykjavik Of Elves, Dwarfs, Artists & The Hidden People

Exiting the plane, I take a deep breath in this far-flung country of Iceland, sitting right below the Arctic Circle some 60° latitude north. I realize I have never been this far north in my whole life. Iceland. What a mystery this name bears, even – or especially – to a world traveller like myself. […]

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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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Burgenland Travel Tales: Meet & Greet the (real) Burgenland!

Aloisia Bischof talks “Heanzisch” with us – a typical, local area dialect from Southern Burgenland. Travelling in the very east of Austria, you will not only be won over by its charming, undulating landscape and mild, Pannonia climate, but also by the charm of the local people. Throughout history, many different peoples have settled here: […]

... moderne, herzlich gestimmte Gastgeber wie Manuel Komosny und sein Troubadour-Kollege lassen die Geschichte rund um Blutgräfin & Co. von Burg Lockenhaus fast vergessen!

Burgenland Travel Tales: Colourful Castles throughout the course of history

Those of you who follow me travelling around Austria will know that I have already been writing a lot of insightful stories about the very essence of Burgenland, located in the east of Austria at the border with Hungary and Slovakia. The Burgenland really hasn’t got much to do at all with the rest of […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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