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!



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. […]

"Visiting Chile", I find this London street artist inspired by a painting of the city of Valparaíso ...

#WTM2014: Top Creative Travel Blogging News from the London World Travel Market

“Welcome to London, Elena! How are you?” – “Perfect actually! I am starting a round the world trip here today researching creative travel around the globe for publishing my first book about the subject in 2015!” – “What?!” Share your passion. Travel often. Inspire others. I beam at the many familiar faces & new people […]


#DWCC2014 Digital Wine Communications Conference: The Brave New #Winelover World

Arriving in Montreux, Switzerland, where this year’s seventh edition of the annual #DWCC14 Digital Wine Communications Conference takes place, I feel both excited and a little intrigued. Have I gathered all my wine tasting notes & digital communications background as a wine travel writer? Do I feel I know enough about wine to make easy conversation? And […]

... 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 […]


#cczk14 CastleCamp Kaprun: A Tourism & Social Media Conference of a kind!

Revolutionary fingers are grappling the atmosphere here at Burg Kaprun in Salzburg. We are talking about the very conference hosts of the CastleCamp Kaprun (#cczk14), who enjoy their rock star band performances during the night as well as delivering innovative style format “CastleCamp sessions” during the day. Professionally speaking of course, supported by the demeanour of an oversized […]

The OECD conference kicks off, presenting one of the organization's recent studies on "Tourism and the Creative Economy".

Tourism & The Creative Economy: Results & Conclusions from the International OECD Workshop in Linz

My love affair with creative tourism has been going on for almost a decade. I am absolutely, truly and deeply convinced that this form of interactive culture travel is THE “game changer” in understanding contemporary (culture) tourism development, from culturally enlightening food tours all the way to exploring indigenous heritage traditions in countries such as New Zealand. When the Austrian city […]


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 […]

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 […]

Ulrike Rauch-Keschmann und ich treffen uns hoffentlich schon bald wieder zum Gespräch in Wien. Vielen Dank, liebe Ulrike für Deinen großartig moderierten Vortrag beim ÖW Tourismustag in Bad Tatzmannsdorf!

The #oett14 Tourism Day of the Austrian National Tourist Board: Markets & Multimedia Expertise.

Petra Stolba, managing director of the Austrian National Tourist Board, has a glint in her eyes as she speaks at the opening ceremony of this year’s National Tourism Day (#oett14) about “common formation flying” of all partners in the Austrian national tourism marketing (Yes, that’s talking ornithology terms here 😉 ). Martina Jamnig, spokesperson of […]


Gourmet Travel Tips in Styria: Visiting Zotter, Gölles, Vulcano & THE Austrian Cheese Artist.

“We are a gourmet hotel (‘Genusshotel’ in German), and our guests are here to enjoy regional cuisine and experience our local products. Once they visit our producers, such as the Gölles vinegar factory, the Zotter World of Chocolate or the Vulcano ham factory, they complete their existing enthusiasm by visiting and getting to know the […]

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